Category: Marginalia
Flaubert Quote #1

“It is so easy to chatter about the Beautiful. But it takes more genius to say, in proper style, “close the door,” or “he wanted to sleep,” than to give all the literature courses in the world.” 

– Gustave Flaubert, Letters 

Annie Dillard Quote #1

“Children ten years old wake up and find themselves here, discover themselves to have been here all along; is this sad? They wake like sleepwalkers, in full stride; they wake like people brought back from cardiac arrest or drowning: in medias res…”
-Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

Kurt Bonnegut Quote #1
“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
EB WHITE Quote #1

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

– EB White


“Latimer Springfield was a rather cheerless, oldish young man, who went into politics somewhat in the spirit in which other people might go into half-mourning.”

– Saki, “The Lull”



“Before we are citizens, he thought, we are children, and it is as children that we come to understand freedom and authority, liberty and duty.”


– Orson Scott Card


“The dew lay heavy and thick upon the grass by the roadside, and over the miles of network that the spiders had woven from blossom to blossom of the heather.  The dew is the Sun’s breakfast; but he was barely up yet, and had not eaten it, and the world felt anything but warm.” 

Juliana Horatia Ewing

The Brownies & Other Tales


Upon seeing an evil ancient god:

“I don’t know how to describe it — it’s like the devil, only I always pictures the devil as nicer.”

Daniel Pinkwater
The Neddiad ch. 67


I learned a new word from Daniel Pinkwater’s The Neddiad:

“Melanistic” – adj. referring to animals that have an unusual amount of melanin in the skin tissue, making them darker than normal


“The first thing I saw was an African lion, about one foot from my nose. I jumped … It only took a second to realize that it was stuffed and not alive — but you can go through quite a number of emotion in one second. The emotion I settled on was that it was an extremely neat thing.”

Daniel Pinkwater
The Neddiad ch. 34

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