Category Archives: Quote me on that…

Quote me on that… JK Rowling, Joanne Harris and backbiting authors

JK Rowling Writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.

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Anyone who wondered what JK Rowling could possibly have experienced to inspire her latest novel The Silkworm, a novel full of bitter literary rivalries and backbiting authors, should check out Joanne Harris’ comments as reported by The Telegraph about the Harry Potter series, the bitchy tone of which undermined her otherwise perfectly valid argument about writing being a career which people depend upon for their living.

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Joanne Harris has since contacted me via Twitter to let me know what she actually said is on her Tumblr account here. She will be writing her own article in the same newspaper tomorrow.

Quote me on that… we shall ne’er be younger #Shakespeare

we shall never be younger shakespeare

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The Taming of The Shrew has never been a play I’m particularly fond of, for obvious reasons but even so, Shakespeare had some great lines especially about grabbing hold of life in the face of your own mortality. I like to think of this as the more romantic equivalent of gathering rosebuds while you still can…

Quote me on that… the power of words

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.

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Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of The Wind is a brilliant work of fiction and is infinitely quotable but I especially love this quote about the power of words. If you haven’t read it, you should get hold of a copy today.

Quote me on that… Divergent and Bravery

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Image adapted from original by G-Flow under creative commons license

I loved this quote from Divergent which I finished last week. For me it kind of summed up a key part of the ethos of the trilogy.

What was your favourite quote from the series?

Quote me on that… people without books

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Adapted from original by the Found Animals Foundation under a Creative Commons license

Few things annoy me more than someone who gets on the train and decides to have a loud phone call for entertainment while ignoring the glares of other people. It’s completely antisocial. Why can’t they bring a book, newspaper or magazine like everyone else? Or use the time for quiet contemplation?

In the wise words of Lemony Snickett, never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. They might be a public phone caller.

Quote me on that… learning to fly

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Adapted from original image by OrigamiWolf under Creative Commons license

A wise man, or a mad one depending on how you look at these things, once said that flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It must be to this end that I keep throwing myself forward. Has anyone else tried this? Did you have any success?

Quote me on that… Montaigne on Marriage

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Image adapted from original by Penni Janisch Moler under the Creative Commons license

If you had a bad Valentine’s day or someone has asked you why you’re not planning to get married recently, quote Montaigne and fly free, little bird, fly free!