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Six Facts About Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Edgar Allan Poe1 – Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston.  He died on October 7, 1849.

2 – His parents were both actors. In fact, Poe may have been named after a character in King Lear. His parents performed the play the year of Poe’s birth.

3 – Poe’s father abandoned the family in 1810. Sadly, Poe’s mother passed away in 1811. Edgar was raised by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia.

4 – In 1835 Poe married Virginia Clemm, his first cousin.  She was thirteen-year-old at the time.  They remained married until her death in 1847.

5 – Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre because of his work, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

6 – Poe died in 1849 at the age of 40. The cause of his death is a mystery. Theories about the matter include alcohol, carbon monoxide poisoning, suicide and even rabies.

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Sympathy Quotes From Literature

January 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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The dictionary tells us that sympathy is a felling of pity or sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. And here’s how it’s used in quotes by the masters of literature.

My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine. ~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I don’t know if it be a peculiarity in me, but I am seldom otherwise than happy while watching in the chamber of death, should no frenzied or despairing mourner share the duty with me. I see a repose that neither earth nor hell can break; and I feel an assurance of the endless and shadowless hereafter – the Eternity they have entered – where life is boundless in its duration, and love in its sympathy, and joy in its fulness. ~ Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“Oh! I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt,” said Estella, “and of course if it ceased to beat I should cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no—sympathy—sentiment—nonsense.” ~ Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

He spoke wistfully of a sudden leaving, a breaking of old ties, a flight into a strange world, ending in this dreary valley, and Ettie listened, her dark eyes gleaming with pity and with sympathy – those two qualities which may turn so rapidly and so naturally to love. ~ The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Five Facts About Mark Twain

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Mark Twain1 – Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born on November 30th 1835. He died on April 21st, 1910.

2 – For a time he worked as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. He also worked as a newspaper journalist and a miner before he turned to writing fiction.

3 – While he was well paid as a writer, he was plagued with financial problems. One of his biggest problems was bad investments. He lost a lot of money with his investment in Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter. Twain eventually declared bankruptcy. However later he paid back all of his creditors.

4 – He married Olivia Landon in 1870. They remained together until her death in 1904. They had four children.

5 – Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet. He told people that he would “go out with it” as well. Here’s a quote from Twain in 1909.

I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together’.

Twain predicted correctly. He died the day after the comet’s return.

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Thief of Time Quote Photo

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” ~ David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Dickens quote photo

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The World is a Stage Quote Photo

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. ~ Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote

 

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Five Quotes About Money From Literature

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes about moneyDon’t be alarmed, but tax day is coming!  That sad and inevitable fact has got me reviewing my budget and thinking about money.

“Money, you think, is the sole motive to pains and hazard, deception and deviltry, in this world. How much money did the devil make by gulling Eve?” ~ The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville

“Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.” ~ Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

“Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!” ~ Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. ~ Erewhon by Samuel Butler

I have learned one thing, my friend ‘one can get nearly everything with money. It is the hidden machinery which makes the world of success go round. With brains, you say? Yes, money and brains, but without the money brains seldom win alone. ~ No Defense by Gilbert Parker

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1/11/15 Two Lovecraft Tees

January 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Fans of H. P. Lovecraft take note. Today TeeFury has two shirts inspired by “The Call of Cthulhu”. Creepy fun!
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I shall never sleep calmly again when I think of the horrors that lurk ceaselessly behind life in time and in space, and of those unhallowed blasphemies from elder stars which dream beneath the sea, known and favoured by a nightmare cult ready and eager to loose them upon the world whenever another earthquake shall heave their monstrous stone city again to the sun and air. ~ The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

They’ve changed things at TeeFury so you may be able to pick these designs up later (check out the gallery), but there are no guarantees and the price goes up.

The Call of Cthulhu

 

H. P. Lovecraft

 

I’ve ordered from this company and been pleased with the merchandise. The only thing to watch for is the sizing on the women’s shirts. Read the size chart before you order.

All Things Are Ready Quote Photo

January 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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“All things are ready, if our minds be so.” ~ Henry V by William Shakespeare

"All things are ready, if our minds be so." ~ Henry V by William Shakespeare

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1/6/15 Two Tolkien Tees

January 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Fans of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings take note. Today TeeFury has  not one, but two shirts inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. If you like the shirts be sure to order today  (1/6/2015)  to get the best price.

They’ve changed things at TeeFury so you may be able to pick them up later (check out the gallery), but there are no guarantees and the price goes up.

Le Petit Hobbit

 

Precious Tee

 

I’ve ordered from this company and been pleased with the merchandise. The only thing to watch for is the sizing on the women’s shirts. Read the size chart before you order.

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens, ~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

New Quotes Added – Dickens, Tolkien, Clarke and Rand

January 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Quotes from LiteratureHappy New Year! I thought I’d start out 2015 by adding some quotes to the site.  Here are some of my favorites from the new quotes, but if you’d like to see all of them, visit the new quotes page.  Remember that if you have a quote that you’d like to see added to the site, you can contribute a quote.

“Many are the strange chances of the world,” said Mithrandir, “and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.” ~ The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want. ~ The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Sound itself appeared to be frozen up, all was so cold and still. ~ The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

The mind has many watchdogs; sometimes they bark unnecessarily, but a wise man never ignores their warning. ~ A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke

He seemed a kind of cannon loaded to the muzzle with facts, and prepared to blow them clean out of the regions of childhood at one discharge. He seemed a galvanizing apparatus, too, charged with a grim mechanical substitute for the tender young imaginations that were to be stormed away. ~ Hard Times by Charles Dickens

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