Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx was born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890, in NYC, NY and died in Los Angeles, CA on August 19, 1977. I loved the Marx Brothers movies but still laugh out loud at reruns of You Bet Your Life.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway~ July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961, awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 1954, novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, became a reporter for the Kansas City Star right out of high school and enlisted in World War I. His experiences on the Italian front as an ambulance driver created the framework for A Farewell to Arms (1929).

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. ~Douglas Adams~ March 11, 1952 – May 11, 2001, best known for “Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,” a sci-fi comedy first broadcast on April 8, 1978 at 10:30 PM in Great Britain. It was an immediate success.

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison~ Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, February 18, 1931, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1993), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2012), and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1988), among others.

In the immortal words of Popeye the Sailor Man: I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam. ~Sir Salman Rushdie~ Born June 19, 1947 in Mumbai, India, is the author of eleven novels and a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981.

May your 2016 be a year filled with intelligent conversations, trustful relationships and deep connections. ~Judith E. Glaser ~ an American author, business executive and founder of Benchmark Communications, Inc.

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine ~Thomas Hood ~May 23, 1799 – May 3, 1845, British poet, author and humourist, best known for his poems “The Bridge of Sighs” and “The Song of the Shirt.”

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ~ Jerome David Salinger ~ January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010, American writer best known for his 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ~ Saul Bellow ~ June 10, 1915 – 5 April 5, 2005, a Canadian-American writer, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Medal of Arts and the National Book Award for Fiction three times. My favorite Bellow novel is Herzog.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James ~  April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916, an American-born writer regarded as key proponent of 19th-century literary realism, best known for The Portrait of a Lady and ‎The Turn of the Screw.

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” ~ Jenny Han, September 3, 1980, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and The Summer I Turned Pretty. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and now lives and writes in Brooklyn.

 “Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.” ~ Elizabeth Berg, December 2, 1948, Saint Paul, Minnesota. A nurse turned writer, her New York Times bestselling author standing catapulted into international status after being named as an Oprah’s Book Club pick, The Year of Pleasures, she now lives and writes in Chicago. 

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ~ Jack Kerouac, born March 12, 1922, Lowell, MA, died October 21, 1969, St. Petersburg, FL. These two quotes are from his novel,On the Road, based on his travels across America, an epic work of the Beat movement and generation. Viking Press published it in 1957, Francis Ford Coppola directed the film in 2012. Time Magazine named On the Road one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.  Additional Jack Kerouac quotes featured on the Website include:

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” 

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”
“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~ Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College. She has written more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, winner of Canada’s Giller Prize and Italy’s Premio Mondello; and The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale – coming soon as a TV series.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~Mae West