Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
May 21,1910: On this day, French novelist Colette (born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) began to publish her novel The Vagabond in serial form. The book focused on women’s independence in a male society and received three votes for the Prix Goncourt, a prestigious French literary award.
We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.
Happy birthday, Douglas Preston! The bestselling novelist comes pretty close to being a real-life Indiana Jones. A former instructor at Princeton University, he’s been on adventures all over the world. One of the most impressive? A journey into an ancient Egyptian burial chamber that had not been explored for over 3,000 years.
Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.
Happy birthday, Jodi Picoult! Today she’s known for bestsellers including My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes, but Picoult has been writing since the age of five. Her first attempt was a short story entitled The Lobster Which Misunderstood.
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
~José Ortega y Gasset
How many philosophers can say they have a fruit named after them? Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (born May 9, 1883) can! German grape breeder Hans Brieider was so impressed with Ortega y Gasset’s work, he named a grape variety Ortega in the philosopher’s honor.
Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception.
Happy birthday, Amos Oz! It’s not surprising that the Israeli writer grew up with a fondness for words. His father was a librarian who claimed he could read in 16 languages.