Whether it’s the reality of Monday morning or something more serious, we all need a bit of courage now and again. These quotes from literature might help.
“Come when they may, they shall not find us skulking and hiding, as if we feared to take our portion of the light of day, and left it all to them.” ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” ~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” ~ Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
“I think that you know me well enough, Watson, to understand that I am by no means a nervous man. At the same time, it is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.” ~ The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By this, he seemed to mean, not only that the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril, but that an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward. ~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, located in Illinois, is a must-visit location for Hemingway fans. Hemingway spent the first six years of his life in the house. Check the website for information about the museum and special events. The September 29th event looks like fun.
Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, will present Hemingway’s affection for and writing about the art of the well-made drink. The Chicago Tribune called his book “a refreshing take on Hemingway. “ The book explores the drinks in Hemingway’s work, from the absinthe of For Whom the Bell Tolls to the Jack Rose of The Sun Also Rises.
Is this the real me? Is that the real you? Who knows? Maybe these four quotes from literature about reality will help us sort it out.
Affery, like greater people, had always been right in her facts, and always wrong in the theories she deduced from them. ~ Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality. ~ Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem. ~ The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself. Surely a curious thing. That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else’s manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money! ~ Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Looking for a good book to read over the weekend? Check out List of Seven by Mark Frost. Frost, a co-creator of the Twin Peaks television series, brings us an entertaining mystery featuring a young Arthur Conan Doyle. The novel opens in London of 1884 when things go horribly wrong at a seance. To solve the mystery, Conan Doyle joins forces with special agent Jack Sparks. Together they pursue a deadly group of Victorian Satanists known as the Dark Brotherhood.
Here’s what one reader had to say . . .
There are books that are OK, books you like, books you love, and then there a another whole class of very special uber-books that you flat-out enjoy, devour every page, and feel devastated when they are finished.
Let’s start the week out right with five love quotes from literature.
Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover’s privilege. ~ The Little Minister by James M. Barrie
As the gambler said of his dice, to love and win is the best thing, to love and lose is the next best. ~ The History of Pendennis by William Makepeace Thackeray
She had found her heart at last. Never having known its worth till now, she had never known the worth of his. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
That which is loved may pass, but love hath no end. ~ Parables Of A Province by Gilbert Parker
“I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you.” ~ Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Here’s a great idea, NPR has an online book club for kids. Check out NPR’s Backseat Book Club to learn more and see the list of books.