Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

Best known for his Western novels, author Louis L’Amour (born March 22, 1908) traveled the globe in his youth, sometimes as a merchant seaman, sometimes as a professional boxer (he later coached several Golden Gloves teams), and sometimes just hopping freight trains.

 

How I wish I could follow this!

If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.

Romain Rolland

Romain Rolland (January 29, 1866-30 December, 1944) was a French novelist, dramatist, essayist, and art historian. A lifelong pacifist, he was active in the fight against fascism and the search for world peace. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915 “as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings.”

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!

Jane Austen

On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen’s second novel Pride and Prejudice was published. The beloved classic follows Elizabeth Bennett on a comic, sharply observed, and romantic journey of manners, morality, and marriage amid the English landed gentry. An enduring favorite since publication, the novel has been adapted numerous times for film and television and spawned hundreds of spin-off books.

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.

Gretel Ehrlich

Happy birthday, Gretel Ehrlich! The American travel writer, novelist, essayist, and poet, was born on January 21, 1946, near Santa Barbara, California. She began writing full-time while living on a ranch in Wyoming in 1978 following the death of a loved one. Her 1985 debut, The Solace of Open Spaces, is a collection of essays on rural life in Wyoming.

There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.

Patrick Ness

The film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s 2011 children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls opens in the US today, December 23, 2016. The story follows Conor, a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer, and the monster –a giant, anthropomorphic yew tree – who starts to visit Conor at night, telling him stories and gradually guiding him towards an acceptance of the truth.

 

How true! But how easily we all forget it while judging people? Almost always a person is painted black or white…a demon or god! Shall we ever internalize this important lesson? I wish we are able to do so for the betterment of society and humanity.

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan (born November 9, 1934) popularized science—especially astronomy—for millions of people through his writing and his PBS series, Cosmos. His book of the same name was a bestseller, while his sci-fi novel Contact was adapted into a successful film. His nonfiction work on the evolution of human intelligence, The Dragons of Eden, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978.