World Poetry Day featuring a Literary Quote from Gwendolyn McEwen

A #literary #quote from Gwendolyn McEwen's "Dark Pines Under Water" | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
A #literary #quote from Gwendolyn McEwen’s “Dark Pines Under Water”

Hello, bookworms! Yesterday, March 21st, was the annual World Poetry Day celebration. Since LitCobs doesn’t post on Mondays, I thought we could extend the celebration an extra day and feature the work of poet Gwendolyn McEwen. If you’d like to continue the poetry celebration with us, check out the curated list of links below.

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Find out the history of World Poetry Day from The U.N.: “World Poetry Day.”

If you’re a struggling writer, then this article from Mashable, featuring the non-writing jobs of famous poets, might make you feel better about the struggle: “12 Famous Poets & Their Day Jobs.

In case you missed it, apparently some businesses in Dublin accepted poetry as payments. Prepare to save money next World Poetry Day by reading about it in this article from The Journal: “Some Dublin Cafes are Taking Poems as Payment Today for World Poetry Day.”

What would a World Poetry Day celebration be without actual poetry? Huffington Post’s Maddie Crum put together a list of poems from female poets for the event: “14 Brilliant Poets to Read on World Poetry Day.”

There’s no such thing as too much poetry, so check out a collection of quotes from The Independent, curated by Clarisse Loughrey: “World Poetry Day: 28 of poetry’s most powerful lines ever written.” This article is also where I found today’s featured quote, so thanks, Loughrey.


That’s it for this World Poetry Day celebration, but you continue the fun with last week’s listicle: “10 Quotes to Prepare for World Poetry Day.”


10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day 2016

10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day 2016 | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
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. 


3. Octavio Paz

Beyond myself, somewhere, 

I wait for my arrival.
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.
5. Pablo Neruda
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
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.
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
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.
9. Yehuda Amichai
Look, just as time isn’t inside clocks
love isn’t inside bodies:
bodies only tell the love.
10. Rabindranath Tagore
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
“Stray Birds”

John Updike: A Literary Quote for his Birthday

A #literary #quote from John Updike's "Rabbit is Rich" | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
A quote from John Updike’s “Rabbit is Rich”

Hello, my fellow literary enthusiasts. The 18th of March marked the birthday of the beloved author John Updike. Although I’m a few days late, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate his birth with a quote from his work, “Rabbit is Rich”.

If you’re an Updike fan or simply curious about his work, check out the list below.

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First up, learn more about Updike by reading a quick biography provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): “John Updike: A Biography.

Get into his psyche by reading his interview with Charles Thomas Samuels from The Paris Review: “John Updike, The Art of Fiction No. 43.

“They both have a rather un-middle-class appetite for the jubilant horrible truth, and after filling my childhood with warmth and color, they have let me make my adult way without interference and been never other than encouraging, even when old wounds were my topic, and a child’s vision of things has been lent the undue authority of print. I have written free from any fear of forfeiting their love.”

Want to read more of Updike’s work? The New Yorker offers a digital upload of his work from 1960: “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.

Finally, if you’re a literature student or enjoy literary criticism, then take a look at Updike’s rules on the subject. This piece was created by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) and published at The Atlantic: “John Updike’s 6 Rules for Constructive Criticism.”


If you have any pieces related to Updike, feel free to post a link to them in the comments. Also, in case you missed it, check out last week’s curation of Márquez’s: “10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes.



Edward Albee Quote

Edward Albee quote from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Edward Albee quote from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

This past Saturday (the 12th) marked the birth of the playwright Edward Albee. Today, we celebrate his birth with a quote from his most famous work – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

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Get to know Albee with this biography from the Edward Albee Society: “Edward Albee: A Biography.

Hear it from Albee himself with this interview by William Flanagan for The Paris Review: “Edward Albee, The Art of Theater No. 4.” Here’s an excerpt to entice your entrance: “If you examine the history of any playwright of the past twenty-five or thirty years—I’m not talking about the comedy boys, I’m talking about the more serious writers—it seems inevitable that almost every one has been encouraged until the critics feel that they have built them up beyond the point where they can control them; then it’s time to knock them down again. And a rather ugly thing starts happening: the playwright finds himself knocked down for works that quite often are just as good or better than the works he’s been praised for previously.

Lastly, check out this feature on Albee from Vulture, written by Jesse Green: “How Edward Albee is Still Redefining Himself, 50 Years After Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Take a peek inside: “There’s nothing vague or grandparental about him. Despite some hearing loss and the occasional “trouble concentrating” in conversation (though not, he says, in writing), he is the opposite of fading. He’s intensifying, saturating. Even his witticisms have achieved a deeper economy, beyond which you’d think communication might cease entirely.


In case you missed it, check out last Friday’s listicle: “10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes.

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


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

Gabriel García Márquez:  A Life


“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


“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


“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


“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


“She felt the abyss of disenchantment.”

Love in the Time of Cholera


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

Memories of My Melancholy Whores


“There is always something left to love.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude


“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


“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.


Keri Hulme’s “The Bone People” Quote


#Literary #Quote of Keri Hulme from "The Bone People" | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Keri Hulme quote from her novel “The Bone People”

The ninth of March marked the birth of New Zealand writer Keri Hulme, author of “The Bone People”. To celebrate her birth, I’ve attempted to find some interesting links regarding the author. Weirdly, it’s been more challenging than I expected consider her success, but I did end up with some useful pieces that you can check out below.

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First time reader of “The Bone People”? Check this reading guide from Lit Lovers that includes discussion questions and a brief biography of Hulme: “Lit Lovers Reading Guide for ‘The Bone People’.

Get to know Hulme better with an interview provided by Flash Frontier: “Interview with Keri Hulme.

Take a closer look at “The Bone People” with a review from Sam Jordison at The Guardian: “Booker Club: The Bone People.

Finally, take a more in-depth look Hulme’s life and career with an annotated biography over at Esracula: “Annotated Biography on Keri Hulme.


In case you missed it, check out last week’s curation of Dr. Seuss quotes: “10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Birthday Celebration

#Literary #Quote from Gabriel García Márquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
Quote from Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”

Hello, bookworms!

Sunday, the 6th of March, marked the birthday of the late Gabriel García Márquez, so today, we celebrate the great writer the best way I know how – with a curated list of links!

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First up, check out Márquez’s interview from The Paris Review with Peter H. Stone: “Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No.69.” Here’s a sneak peek: “In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”

For the Márquez enthusiasts, go deeper into his life and work with this piece from Vanity Fair, written by Paul Elie: “The Secret History of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’.

Love an interview? Here’s another great, in-depth piece by William Kennedy at The Atlantic: “The Yellow Trolley Car in Barcelona, and Other Visions.

Finally, check out this piece from Brain Pickings on Márquez by Maria Popova: “Gabriel Garciá Márquez on His Unlikely Beginnings as a Writer.” Here’s a quick look inside the article: “Instead, the celebrated author’s life stands as a heartening testament to the fact that a purpose is not something you are born with but something you find and cultivate, something that reveals itself when you let your life speak — even when what your life has to say is not, at first, what you want to hear.


In case you missed it, check out last Friday’s collection of Dr. Seuss quotes: “10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults.


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


“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


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

-The Lorax


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

-Oh! The Places You’ll Go!


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

-I Can Read With My Eyes Shut


“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!


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

-Horton Hears a Who!


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

-The Lorax


“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


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

-The Lorax


“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.

World Book Day: A Tribute to Louise Rennison

#Literary #Quote from Louise Rennison for World Book Day @ Literary Cobblestones
Louise Rennison Quote for World Book Day

Hello, literary comrades!

Today is World Book Day, at least in Ireland and the U.K. (Other areas of the world will celebrate the event in April.) If you’ve never participated in this glorious day before, it serves to inspire the next generation to fall in love with literature by introducing them to authors and providing them with their very own books of choice. You can read more about it here.

The organization provides services for many ages of readers, including a must-read book list entitled “Writes of Passage”. Originally, I chose today’s featured quote from one of the 50 novels on that list, Louise Rennison‘s “Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging”, because of my own love for the young adult novel. Unfortunately, Rennison passed away earlier this week, so what began as simply a feature from a fantastic writer to represent such an appreciable day will now serve as a small tribute to a gifted and quick-witted author who changed many young lives. So, here’s to you, Rennison: You were one hell of a writer.

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If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading “Angus”, head over to her website to find out where you can purchase it: “Louise Rennison Homepage.” I promise: You won’t be disappointed. I know that as an adult it’s easy to bypass young-adult literature, but “Angus” is a novel that shouldn’t be missed. It never made it to the small, Midwestern town I grew up in, so my introduction to it didn’t come until I took a young-adult course in my early 20s. I fell in love in this book, so much so that it is still part of my personal collection of novels.

Love a great collection of quotes? Emily Drabble at The Guardian put together a list of the best Rennison quotes: “Louise Rennison’s Greatest Quotes Ever.

Fellow Rennison Fan? As a tribute to Rennison, Jillian Capewell wrote an article for the Huffington Post that will warm your heart regardless of your age: “5 Things All Louise Rennison Fans Know to be True.” Here’s an excerpt: “It was both hilarious and scandalizing to my younger self, but throughout the series, Rennsion normalized the so-called embarrassing inquiries that arise when you’re easing into sexuality and adulthood.

To put into words the grief Rennison’s fans are feeling, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett at The Guardian wrote a great tribute to the author: “Goodbye, Louise Rennison – You Captured the hilarious horror of girlhood.” Here’s a sneak peek: “Rennison’s death is a huge loss to young adult fiction, and I have no doubt to her family and friends, but I know that her funny novels will continue to speak to girls for generations. As Rennison wrote: ‘She who laughs last laughs the laugh ingest.’