Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points. Discuss Virginia Woolf

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce
Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others’ pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. Discuss Ambrose Bierce

Jane Austen

Jane Austen
Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. Jane Austen

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order. Francis Bacon

Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair
All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work. The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis. Discuss Upton Sinclair

Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe
I am Envy…I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned. Discuss Christopher Marlowe

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. Discuss Thomas Hardy

Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force. Discuss Gustave Flaubert

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. Discuss Alexandre Dumas

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. Discuss Beatrix Potter