A Quotation From William Shakespeare Part I

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I am beginning a new series of quotations, in which I will feature pieces from one particular author for several weeks. I begin with the best and most important, William Shakespeare.

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You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismayed: be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with sleep.

The Tempest (4. 1. 146-158)

Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works of Shakespeare Seventh Edition. David

Bevington. Editor. Pearson. Boston. 2014.

Rest In Peace Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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R. I. P. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Readers of the world have suffered a terrible loss.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the Spanish author of The Shadow of the Wind, died of cancer on June 19, 2020. He was a brilliant author, and his novel and the others in his series of the Cemetery of Forgotten books touched many readers.

I consider The Shadow of the Wind not only to be one of my favorite books, but also one of the best and most important novels. If you have not yet read it, you should. It would be the best way to pay homage to this brilliant writer.

Here is a quotation from  that book: “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens” (5-6).

He was an extraordinary writer, who communicated his love of stories and books to his readers, and he will be missed.

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Works Cited

Zafón, Carlos Ruiz. The Shadow of the Wind. Penguin. 2005.

Quotations on Leadership

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”

                                                               Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

                                                                       Lao Tzu

 

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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

                                                                      Theodore Roosevelt

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“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

                                                                     Michelle Obama

Suggest A Book To Read! (Part 1)

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One of the parts of life that I miss intensely during the lockdowns due to the pandemic is the ability to browse in bookstores. Books are a main part of my life; I read constantly, teach English Literature courses at college, and I write novels. One of my great pleasures in life is spending times exploring books in a store. Where I live, the Lehigh Valley, PA, is blessed with having more bookstores than many other areas,  but like most businesses, they are not open for in-person browsing.

So, let us help the readers out there. Let us suggest one book for others to consider reading.

I will continue this book suggestion as a weekly series, and that is the reason for only one recommendation per post.

Here is my suggestion:

A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. I consider this book to be one of the very best novels ever written.  This magnificent novel requires a commitment of time and thinking as you read it.

“Exceptional . . . a mammoth, elegaic, moving exegesis on love, beauty,  the meaning of life, and the meaninglessness of war . . . a compelling vision of humanity . . . ” (From the inside cover quotation from the Washington Post Book World.)

I consider this novel to stand with Cervantes’ Don Quixote as one of the essential books to read in a person’s life.

A Soldier Of The Great War

Quotations on Perseverance

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In these difficult times when many are feeling great stress and fear, please do not be upset about inconvenience. I hope a few quotations might be useful.

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“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

                                                                       Teddy Roosevelt

 

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“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

                                                                   Winston Churchill

 

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“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

                                                                  Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

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“Let us all remember that we have a responsibility to the greater good, and let us take a lesson in action from the behavior of the Greatest Generation. We must sacrifice and endure inconvenience so that others may live.”

                                                                      Charles F. French

 

Quotation From Edward Gibbon On Responsibility

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“When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

                       Edward Gibbon (From The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)

Quotations on Dictatorship

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“Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.”

                                                                      Mario Vargas Llosa

 

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“Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”

                                                                     John F. Kennedy

 

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“Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.”

                                                                     Jorge Luis Borges

Quotations On Empathy

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“Never Criticize A Man Until You Have Walked A Mile In His Moccasins.”

                                                            Native American Saying

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“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”

                                                             Walt Whitman

 

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“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

                                                             Theodore Roosevelt

 

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“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

                                                              J. K. Rowling

Quotations From Ray Bradbury

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“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

 

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

 

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

 

“You fail only if you stop writing.”

 

Quotations from F. D. R.

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The following quotations are from Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

 

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“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”

 

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”