Line(s) of the day #JulesRenard

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On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.

French author Jules Renard (1864 – 1910) who was renowned for the use of nature in his works.

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Gr8at: #BenFranklin Quotes

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Well done is better than well said.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

You may delay, but time will not.

There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Time for some wisdom by Ben Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers and an all-round talent (1706 – 1790). You can find another of his quotes here.

Line(s) of the Day #YouveGotMail

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[via email] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.

Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) in the sweet romcom You’ve Got Mail (1998), which tells of two people who fall in love via anonymous email despite fighting as business rivals.

Line(s) of the Day #BraveNewWorld

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Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

As said by Helmholtz Watson, an Alpha-Plus lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, in the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Published in 1932, the literary masterpiece tells of a future where genetically modified citizens have their future careers programmed, war and violence has been removed and the government assisted drug Soma is encouraged to remove any thoughts of unhappiness.

Gr8at: Funniest Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde needs no introduction, of course. The Irish writer was quite simply, one of the funniest people to have ever lived. One of the all-time great wits. Below are eight of my favourites quotes. How many do you recognise? Do you have a favourite?

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Line(s) of the Day #ChocolateCake

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So I take a knife
I think I’ll just tidy that up a bit,
cut off the crumbly bits
scoop them all up
and into the mouth

oooooommm mmmm
nice.

Look at the cake again.

That looks a bit funny now,
one side doesn’t match the other
I’ll just even it up a bit, eh?

An excerpt from Chocolate Cake, a much-loved poem by British writer Michael Rosen. You can find it in its complete form here, where anyone who loves chocolate will identify with the child narrator. Barbra Streisand and Lora Brody would surely include themselves.

Line(s) of the Day #The Wire #JohnDoman

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They were such a unique pair to be writing this show. Their view was from the inside out, not from the outside in. They knew the stories and the characters first-hand. I think The Wire really tore the cover off an American city and showed that, for so many people, the American dream was dead.

As said by actor John Doman, who played deputy commissioner William Rawls in the seminal drama The Wire (2002 – 2008). Set in Baltimore, each of the five series focused on a different part of the city, with the gritty show unafraid to show the complex struggles faced by the wide array of characters. You can find two examples of the show’s razor sharp dialogue here and here. You can buy the image shown above here, and read the full The Guardian article where I took the quote from, here.

Line(s) of the Day #ToAutumn #Yeats

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Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue

From the last stanza of To Autumn by the beloved English romantic poet John Keats (1795 – 1821). Despite his hugely untimely death at aged 25, Keats is still considered one of the greatest ever poets. You can my other favourite lines from his Ode to a Nightingale poem here.

Line(s) of the Day #SoYouveBeenPubliclyShamed

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The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.

Taken from the book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by British journalist Jon Ronson (2015). The non-fiction work features examples and analysis of mostly non-famous people experiencing the full impact of being shamed through the media, particularly online.