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Quotable Arts by Evan Robertson / Obvious State

High quality giclée prints available at etsy. Distilling literary quotes from a handful of the masters down to a single graphic representation, Evan captures the raw concept of the sentence and makes it damn purty to look at as well.

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amandaonwriting:

20 Quotes from J. K. Rowling
1. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
2. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
3. As is a tale, so is life, not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
4. The wizards represent all that the true ‘muggle’ most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!
5. I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ’You’ve lost a lot of weight!’ ‘Well, the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’ What I felt like saying was, ’I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you.’ But no — my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!
6. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
7. I’ve never set out to teach anyone anything. It’s been more of an expression of my views and feelings than sitting down and deciding ‘What is today’s message?’ And I do think that, although I never, again, sat down consciously and thought about this, I do think judging, even for my own daughter, that children respond to that than to ‘thought for the day.’
8. Part of what makes a language “alive” is its constant evolution. […] I love editing “Harry” with Arthur Levine, my American editor — the differences between “British English” (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and “American English” (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me. 
9. I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.
10. I’ve no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out, it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.
11. Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters, for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it through our apathy.
12. [On Fame] One of my regrets would be that I will never again have the pleasure of sneaking into a cafe, any cafe I like, sitting down and diving into my world and no one knowing what I am doing and no one bothering about me and being totally anonymous, that was fantastic.
13. Probably the very best thing my earnings have given me is absense of worry. I have not forgotten what it feels like to worry whether you’ll have enough to pay the bills. Not to have to think about that any more is the biggest luxury in the world.
14. Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. […] I really like to explore the idea that difference is equal and good. Oppressed groups are not, generally speaking, people who stand firmly together — no, sadly, they kind of subdivide among themselves and fight like hell. That’s human nature, so that’s what you see here. This world of wizards and witches, they’re already ostracized, and then within themselves, they’ve formed a loathsome pecking order.
15. I love freakish names and I have always been interested in folk lore and I think it was a logical thing for me to end up writing even though it came so suddenly.
16. As you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called “real life”, I want to extoll the crucial importance of imagination.
17. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself and what those closest to me expected of me.
18. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction.
19. I imagined being a famous writer would be like being Jane Austen, being able to sit at home in the parsonage and your books would be very famous.
20. Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
Source: The Quotabl.es Blog 
Image: Digitopoly

amandaonwriting:

20 Quotes from J. K. Rowling

1. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

2. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

3. As is a tale, so is life, not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

4. The wizards represent all that the true ‘muggle’ most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!

5. I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ’You’ve lost a lot of weight!’ ‘Well, the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’ What I felt like saying was, ’I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you.’ But no — my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

6. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

7. I’ve never set out to teach anyone anything. It’s been more of an expression of my views and feelings than sitting down and deciding ‘What is today’s message?’ And I do think that, although I never, again, sat down consciously and thought about this, I do think judging, even for my own daughter, that children respond to that than to ‘thought for the day.’

8. Part of what makes a language “alive” is its constant evolution. […] I love editing “Harry” with Arthur Levine, my American editor — the differences between “British English” (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and “American English” (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me. 

9. I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.

10. I’ve no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out, it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.

11. Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters, for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it through our apathy.

12. [On Fame] One of my regrets would be that I will never again have the pleasure of sneaking into a cafe, any cafe I like, sitting down and diving into my world and no one knowing what I am doing and no one bothering about me and being totally anonymous, that was fantastic.

13. Probably the very best thing my earnings have given me is absense of worry. I have not forgotten what it feels like to worry whether you’ll have enough to pay the bills. Not to have to think about that any more is the biggest luxury in the world.

14. Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. […] I really like to explore the idea that difference is equal and good. Oppressed groups are not, generally speaking, people who stand firmly together — no, sadly, they kind of subdivide among themselves and fight like hell. That’s human nature, so that’s what you see here. This world of wizards and witches, they’re already ostracized, and then within themselves, they’ve formed a loathsome pecking order.

15. I love freakish names and I have always been interested in folk lore and I think it was a logical thing for me to end up writing even though it came so suddenly.

16. As you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called “real life”, I want to extoll the crucial importance of imagination.

17. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself and what those closest to me expected of me.

18. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction.

19. I imagined being a famous writer would be like being Jane Austen, being able to sit at home in the parsonage and your books would be very famous.

20. Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.

Source: The Quotabl.es Blog 

Image: Digitopoly

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Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.
Roald Dahl (via ivsteinman)

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Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair

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Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.
Zooey Deschanel (via sugar-and-heartbreak)

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When I’m writing for adults, I’m just trying to entertain them. But a good children’s book does much more than entertain. It teaches children the use of words, the joy of playing with language. Above all, it helps children learn not to be frightened of books. Once they can get through a book and enjoy it, they realize that books are something that they can cope with. If they are going to amount to anything in life, they need to be able to handle books. If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.

Roald Dahl

(West 65-66)

When a child is read to they learn they are worth the investment of time and energy by an older person. It can also bond them to a flesh and blood human being rather than a technological gadget. We all need to be loved. Spending time to be with a child can be invaluable for both involved.
Tom Harrison (via liddlebeebooks)
We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (via hannahgraceful)

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My best teachers, the ones I still think about today, exposed me to new and exciting ideas. They created classroom environments that welcomed discussion and intellectual risk-taking. Sometimes, these teachers’ lessons didn’t sink in until years after I’d left their classrooms