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

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it. Discuss Daniel Defoe

Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. Discuss Mark Twain

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley
Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people! Discuss Mary Shelley

E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshiper may one day be required to suffer. Discuss E. M. Forster

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Discuss Alexander Hamilton

Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding
I never reasoned on what I should do, but what I had done; as if my Reason had her eyes behind, and could only see backwards. Discuss Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all. Discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne