New Year Celebration: Best LitCobs Posts of 2016

The Best LitCobs Literary Quotes Posts of 2016 | Literary Cobblestons

The Best LitCobs Literary Quotes Posts of 2016 | Literary Cobblestons

 

The first month of the year leaves many of us in a post-holiday slump. As with most situations, everything can be made better with literary quotes. To ease your transition into the new year, check out the top five LitCobs posts from 2016:

1. New Year, New Literature: Sarah Nicole Prickett

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One of LitCobs most popular articles of 2016 was our feature on Sarah Nicole Prickett in January. The success of this post was in part due to Prickett’s much-appreciated shoutout to LitCobs on her Tumblr. (Thanks, Sarah!)

While the article only briefly highlights a few pieces of her work, I think we all became equally obsessed with her writing style. If you missed the piece, go check it out now, and if you fell in love with Prickett’s work as much as I did, follow her on social media to keep up-to-date on her newest releases.

2. 5 Moving Quotes From ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’

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When the screenplay for ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’ was published in July, the entire HP fandom couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough, myself included. Regardless how you felt about continuing Harry’s journey, the story was filled with some great quotes. Check out the full list here.

 

3. Getting Acquainted With Rising Authors: J.E. Reich

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“The Werewolves of Anspach” was a great piece to finish out New Literature Month and one of the best stories I read all year. Reich is one of those writers that will be making favorites lists for years to come.

4. 10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes For Adults

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Dr. Seuss is often to referred to as a children’s literature master, but his work easily transfers to adult life. The post was originally a celebration of his birthday, but this collection of quotes is great for every day of the year.

 

5. 5 Best Harry Potter Quotes Of All Time

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To celebrate the launch of ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’, LitCobs dedicated the entire month of July to J.K. Rowling’s work. After all of these years, so many of us still love the series and its beautiful one-liners that can be used in multiple situations. Take a look at the original post.

 

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5 Best Harry Potter Quotes of All Time | Literary Cobblestones

5 Best Harry Potter Quotes of All Time for J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Cobblestones

 

Harry Potter is like the gift that keeps on giving. It has been nearly two decades since the first novel was published, and we’re still here and just as obsessed as ever. To round out Week 2 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite quotes from all seven books. Check it out.


1.If you want to know what a man’s life, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. 

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

This is also the quote chosen to be featured on today’s graphic. In true Rowling fashion, it’s one of those lines of wisdom that’s just as valuable when it’s taken out of context. Beautiful!


2. The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

We also used this quote for an earlier post — J.K.Rowling Quotes: HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban. Never gets old. 


3. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. 

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

This is another one of those tattoo-worthy Rowling quotes. All the feels. 


4. You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Why hasn’t Rowling released a collection of poetry? The ultimate wordsmith. We also used this quote earlier this week. Check out the original post (J.K.Rowling Quotes: HP & the Order of the Phoenix)  to take a look at some of the original “Order” reviews.  


5. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

YAAAS, Queen Rowling. This is your world, and we just live in it. 

5 Moving Quotes from ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’

5 Moving Quotes from 'Harry Potter & the Cursed Child' | J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Cobblestones

 

Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!

The world has been turned upside down this week thanks to the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘. The majority of us aren’t lucky enough to make it to see the production live, so we’ve settled for the next best thing — reading the play. I’ve finally finished my copy and my emotions are all over the place. While I don’t find myself as in love with the story as I did with the HP series when I was younger, I did mark a bunch of amazing one-liners while reading it. I’ve decided to pick my top five favorite quotes for this week’s listicle, and hopefully, you love them as much as I do. [All quotes are credited to J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.]

1. They were great men with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater. 

This is the quote I used for J.K.Rowling Quotes: A Glance at Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Part 2)  on Thursday, and I love it so much that I’m using it again.

 

2.  One person. All it takes is one person.

All the damn feels. Sometimes, the biggest statement can be made in two small sentences.

 

3. Mainly I wanted to be happy.

This one doesn’t work quite as well out of context, but I felt it was a moment that a lot of readers were able to relate to Draco.

 

4. We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.

Uh… a quote too good for this world.

 

5. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe. 

This may be my overall favorite quote from the play. I used it for this week’s first post, J.K.Rowling: A Glance at Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Part 1), and let me put it this way –if I had to get one quote from the play tattooed on my body, it’d be this one.

 

That’s it for Week 1 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month! Week 2 will be dedicated to Harry Potter books 1-7, so grab yo’ butterbeer and dust off your spellbook because we’re going back to Hogwarts.

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10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day 2016

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10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day 2016

March 21st is World Poetry Day! In preparation for this marvelous event, I’ve selected 10 quotes from international poets. For this list, I’ve tried to put an emphasis on poets whose work wasn’t originally published in English. For myself, I used this event as a learning opportunity as I have very little experience in the area of poetry. Please feel free to add to this list in the comments!

10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day

  1. Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

In the long months   

that followed,   

I wonder if her heart fell 
the way her arches fell, 
her instep arches.

“The Mermaid in the Hospital”

2. Anna Akhmatova

Call me a sinner,

Mock me maliciously:
I was your insomnia,
I was your grief. 

Unknown

3. Octavio Paz

Beyond myself, somewhere, 

I wait for my arrival.
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4. Jorge Luis Borges
After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Unknown
5. Pablo Neruda
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
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6. Rainer Maria Rilke
We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go.
For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.
Unknown
7. Marina Tsvetaeva
However much you feed a wolf, it always looks to the forest.
We are all wolves of the dense forest of Eternity
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8. Rumi
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
Unknown
9. Yehuda Amichai
Look, just as time isn’t inside clocks
love isn’t inside bodies:
bodies only tell the love.
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10. Rabindranath Tagore
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
“Stray Birds”

10 Best Gabriel Márquez García Quotes

10 Best Gabriel Garciá Márquez Quotes | Literary Cobblestones
10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes | Literary Cobblestones

In honor of Gabriel García Márquez’s birthday earlier this week, I decided to compile 10 of his best quotes. Check them out:

10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

1.

“All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”

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2.

“Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude

3.

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Love in the Time of Cholera

4.

“Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude

5.

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”

Love in the Time of Cholera

6.

“She felt the abyss of disenchantment.”

Love in the Time of Cholera

7.

“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

8.

“There is always something left to love.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude

9.

“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.”

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

10.

“I would not have traded the delights of my suffering for anything in the world.”

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

In case you missed it, check out our Marquez birthday post from earlier this week: “Gabriel García Márquez: A Birthday Celebration.

 

10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults

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10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults | Literary Cobblestones

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday earlier this week, I decided to put together 10 of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. This yearly celebration of Seuss’ work often focuses solely on the young readership, but here’s a list of quotes that you may actually find more meaningful as an adult.

10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults

1.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

2.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-The Lorax

3.

“All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot.”

-Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

4.

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

-I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

5.

“When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”

-Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

6.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

-Horton Hears a Who!

7.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”

-The Lorax

8.

“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”

-Fertile the Turtle  and Gertrude McFuzz

9.

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

-The Lorax

10.

“My trouble was I had a mind but I couldn’t make it up!”

-Hunches in Bunches

Love Dr. Seuss? Check out our Dr. Seuss birthday celebration post: “Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with a Literary Quote.

5 Pinners All Book-Lovers Should Follow on Tumblr

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5 Pinners That Every Book-Lover Should Follow on Pinterest | Literary Cobblestones

 

When it comes to digital curation, Pinterest knocks out all other social media sites because it offers such easy and learnable organization without loss of aesthetic. To me, it’s essentially a platform for amateur curators and I love it. So, I’ve decided to share my favorite literary and book-aesthetic focused Pinners:

The Literary Analyst

This pinner is also a reviewer of fiction works, so you can skip the work and jump straight to the best pieces. “Great Book Covers” is a curation of visually stimulating novel covers, and “Books+” goes beyond book aesthetic with quotes and book-themed decorative visuals.

Notable Boards: Great Book Covers, Books+.

Book Riot

Book Riot has a board for virtually any literary interest you may have, from literary themed vacations (“Literary Tourism”) to all things Harry Potter (“The Wizarding Wonders of Harry Potter”). Lover of literary quotes? Check out “They Said It”. If you’d like ideas for your future book themed house, then take a peek at “Getting Shelfish”. Warning: After your first click, you may look up and realized six hours have passed.

Notable Boards: Literary Tourism, The Wizarding Wonders of Harry Potter, They Said It, Getting Shelfish.

The Literary Corner

Had I found this pinner before I graduated, I imagine that I’d still be in college because I would’ve never gotten anything. The Literary Corner has taken all of those visually gorgeous quote memes that you love and separated them by author. Yes, dreams do come true.

Notable Boards: Mary Shelley, Langston Hughes, Oscar Wilde.

It’s Written Literary Apparel

Book-lovers love quotes. It’s that simple. We write them, paint them on the walls, cover our sneakers in them, tattoo them on our bodies and now we can wear them thanks to brands like It’s Written. On their Pinterest, they have a few boards focused on their clothing line but they also have a board dedicated to “Literary Postcards”, a collection of beautifully designed, literary-themed postcards that they also sell. Yes! I also really enjoy their “Bookshops & Libraries” board which houses digital photographs of exactly that.

Notable Boards: Literary Postcards, Bookshops & Libraries.

Literary Hoarders

Well, yes. And you’re literary hoarding, whether digital or physical, will only get worse after spending time on Literary Hoarders’ boards. I recommend “Bookish Things”, which will fulfill you’re libarary-aesthetic needs as well as every and all literary-something needs. “Book Lovers” is also a great board for when you need assistance with what you should read next.

Notable Boards: Bookish Things, Book Lovers.

 

Now you can feel free to blame me when you get nothing accomplished this weekend ;). Also, don’t forget to add Literary Cobblestones on Pinterest so that we can curate together!

 

 

Top 5 Tumblrs for Book Lovers

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Top 5 Tumblrs for Book Lovers | Literary Cobblestones

 

Is there anything more satisfying than a massive collection of books? Well, a well-crafted curation of book photographs is a close second. Of all the social media sites, Tumblr definitely wins in the ‘Library Aesthetic’ category. Here are my top five Tumblr blogs that have mastered the art of digital book-art curation:

1. Tea, Coffee, and Books

There are two types of book-fiends: tea lovers and coffee lovers. I fall into the latter category, and there’s nothing I love more than a combination of coffee and books. Tea, Coffee, and Books (<–look at that oxford! ❤ ) satisfies both types of book-lovers with a steady stream of photos featuring well-placed novels positioned perfectly next to a cup of your liquid of choice.

2. Rainy Days Coffee and Books

If you happen to be a lover of literature AND a pluviophile (lover of rain), then this Tumblr is your one-stop shop. Along with visuals of rain, books and coffee, Rainy Days Coffee and Books also shares quotes and general book-lover related content. They also host giveaways through their Twitter.

3. Forever Lost in Literature

Another wonderfully curated collection of books visuals, Forever Lost in Literature also publishes their own literary reviews. Check out their website as well as their Tumblr for the full literary experience.

4. Accio Books and Sunshine

This blog is perfect for everyday readers as well as members of certain literary fandoms. Be prepared for a great collection of memes, gifs and posts that will satisfy those seeking the general reading aesthetic.

5. The Book Basics

The Book Basics is the well-rounded book lover’s blog. It will suit your general book aesthetic needs, including some Harry Potter posts, as well as tackle your need for posts pertaining to travel and music. This is my 3 am go-to.

 

Do you have anyone more Tumblrs to add? Let me know in the comments. I can never follow too many ‘Library Aesthetic’ blogs. 🙂

Oh, don’t forget to follow Literary Cobblestones on Tumblr where you can see original posts as well as a lot of shared posts from the five blogs mentioned above.