Quoted Archive

Quoted: Eudora Welty on Reader Response

“Reader and writer...Don’t we want and don’t we understand the same thing? A story of beauty and passion, some fresh approximation of human truth?” ~ Eudora Welty, On Writing

Quoted: John Sutherland on Reading as Conversation

“If we read well, we find ourselves in a conversational relationship with the most creative minds of our own time and of the past.” – John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature

Quoted: Iris Murdoch on Human Frailty

“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch

Eudora Welty on Daring

"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within." Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings

UPDATE: Kate DiCamillo or (Maybe G.K. Chesterton?) on the Value of Fairy Tales

“Fairy tales don’t tell you that dragons are real, but that they can be defeated!” ~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

Quoted: Carl Sagan on the Earth as a Small Stage

“Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was…lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan

Quoted: Eudora Welty on Curiosity

“The only way a writer can satisfy his own curiosity is to write it.” ~ Eudora Welty, On Writing

Quoted: Charles Darwin on Ignorance

“…ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” ~ Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
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