Together in Spirit

An online reading group ('TIS a reading group!) to bring together friends, and friends of friends, who aren't able to be in a conventional reading group due to constraints of time or geography.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A writing life

I'm so delighted that my Shakespeare quote struck a chord. I primarily posted it here to have somewhere to store it for future reference! Just goes to show how the best light on situations/books is usually cast by totally unexpected sources.

Have also just read "A writing life" by Annie Dillard, which I enjoyed. Don't particularly think it's a blog book, but the following quotes struck me, so I offer them up:

"Thornton Wilder cited this unnamed writer of sonnets: one line of a sonnet falls from the ceiling, and you tap the others around it with a jeweller's hammer."

"The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from beneath, like well water...Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes."

Julian Barnes: "It's easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren't writers, and very little harm comes to them."

"Nothing on earth is more gladdening that knowing we must roll up our sleeves and move back the boundaries of the humanly possible once more."