A Brenner/Gowing Thought ~~ Part Seven

Well, here’s another thought instead of another review.  We’ve been busy as usual and I figured, better to post something than nothing at all.  We haven’t had time to converge on a book yet, but a new one is coming your way shortly, I guarantee.  If anyone out there has any suggestions for us, or books they’d like to see reviewed, feel free to let us know.

In the meantime, I thought we’d share some quotes.  These quotes inspire us to be writers, inspire us to be readers, and inspire us to respect the written word.  A good quote can do just as much as any good book can do.  It can make you stop and think, it can change your view or opinion, it can cause you to drastically change your life when change is needed.  I know a quote from a song was the catalyst that made me leave my home town and move to the big city.  Anything is possible with words.  Here are a few of our favourites:


“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”  – Louisa May Alcott 


“I believe that everyone else my age is an adult whereas I am merely in disguise.” – Margaret Atwood 


“Write!  So as not to be dead.”  – Ray Bradbury


“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Bukowski 


“I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”  – Augusten Burroughs


“”Have I gone mad?”  “I’m afraid so, you’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret…all the best people are.”” – Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland


“We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis


“I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  – Robert Frost


“I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”  – Ernest Hemingway

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“Write drunk; edit sober.” – Ernest Hemingway

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“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go.  It’s gonna hurt.  It’s gonna hurt because it matters.”  – John Green


” Because the only people for me are the mad ones.” – Jack Kerouac


“Nothing of me is original.  I am the combined efford of everybody I’ve ever known.”  – Chuck Palahniuk – Invisible Monsters


“I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.”  – Edgar Allen Poe

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”  – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter

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“You do care.  You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter

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“Words, in my humble opinion, are the most inexhaustible source of magic we have.” – J.K Rowling – Harry Potter

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“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”  – J.K. Rowling

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  – Stephen King


“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”  – Kurt Vonnegut 


“It takes ten times longer to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”  – Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games


“You never forget the face of the person who is your last hope.” – Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

Do you have any favourite book quotes of your own?  If so, leave them in the comments, we love discovering new quotes and new authors, and maybe it will inspire our next review!



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7 responses to “A Brenner/Gowing Thought ~~ Part Seven

  1. I have many favourite quotes and I have quotes on my brain right now as I’ve been making quote bookmarks. I might make some of some of these. There are some I hadn’t thought of right now. Oscar Wilde has a lot of really good quotes. One of my favourites is “I can resist anything except temptation.” Another Harry Potter quote I love is “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

    PS. The Alcott quote can’t be from Anne of Green Gables, as it was L M Montgomery, who wrote those books… Maybe Little Women. I don’t know. I’ve heard that quote but can’t remember for sure.

  2. Julia Ramsay

    I have had an immense love of reading my whole life. When I had my son 2.5 years ago it was very important from the very begining that I instill that love in him as much as possible. He loves looking at books, being read to and has an awesome imagination and vocabulary which I attribute largely to the importance placed on books of all kinds and reading in our house. I am pregnant with our second child and I will strive for the same outcome for this child as well. I came across this quote which really resonates with me how I feel about reading and how I hope my children will feel about it as they grow older.

    You may have tangible wealth, untold caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me. -Strickland Gillian

    Sent from my iPhone

    • laurengowing

      I love that you are instilling just a love of reading in your kids. I think that’s the most important thing. That’s the only way we can make sure kids that grow up in today’s society don’t succumb to the tempting and easy life of technology. Reading great literature is so important. That quote is fantastic and I absolutely believe it.

      Congrats on your second pregnancy! I hope you both are happy and healthy.

  3. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know” is my favourite one so far (apart from the reason its on my blog: fitting the theme) because it has proven true many times over in my personal habitat (Southern Finland).

    In your chosen quotes I do like “Write drunk, edit sober” the most (also Hemingway) since it, once again, fits with my subjective view of the worlds I’ve experienced. Although I’d change the wording into “Write drunk, save draft, edit sober and only then publish”.

    • laurengowing

      I love that quote. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” I can’t say how true that is, and most people probably believe it. Ignorance truly is bliss. And not that I’m any great scholar, not that I’m anywhere near genius, I do have at least minimal intelligence; and sometimes I wish for that bliss that would come with not knowing, with not seeing, without the thoughts that plague my mind. Who wrote this quote? I love it.

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