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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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A Brenner/Gowing Thought ~~ Part Five


Well here we are again with so much time having passed since our last posting.  Time seems to get away from you when your workload at your job increases, when the end of a semester at school consumes all your time, when the holidays are fast approaching, and even when a sibling is about to have a baby.  Luckily a love of books is one consistent thing in life.  If you love books like we do then you can understand how welcome that feeling is when your hectic life finally cuts you some slack and you have nothing to do except curl up with a book and read.

I found this quote in the current book we are both working on and fell in love with it.  We have written before about why we write, but this one spoke to us even more.  The truth behind every author’s aspirations.  Writing commemorates life, either an imagined one or your reality.  It is a way to memorialize your life on paper.  Once the words floating around your mind become visible ink on a piece of paper, they are further committed to memory.  Published or not, experienced or amateur, those of us who write all crave the same thing.  To have our words remembered long after we are gone.

“For someone now dead once thought these words significant enough to write them down. People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones.  All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation.  For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you.  All this, even though they are dead. It is a kind of magic.”
~~ Diane Setterfield

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A Brenner/Gowing Thought ~~ Part Four

It has been awhile but we are still out there and we are still reading, but we are also still out there swamped at work and at school.  But our loving of books lives on and this cartoon perfectly describes a lot of us book lovers!

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A Brenner/Gowing Thought ~~ Part Two: Why We Write

While reading the new book we are both currently working on to review (Stay tuned!), one specific quote truly spoke to us.  It explained why we write.  Why we put words out for people to read, put ourselves out there.  This is our goal, our purpose, what we desire to achieve through our passion for writing.  This is our hope.

This is why we love it.

“It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” – Erin Morgenstern- The Night Circus

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