Saul Bellow ~ On Advice
"When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice."
Saul Bellow
Javier Marias ~ Illusions
“Illusions are important. What you remember can be as important as what really happens.”
Javier Marias
Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf
Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf.
Virginia was born on this day (25th of January) in 1882 in Kensington,London, Uk.
Milan Kundera ~ My Ambition
"My lifetime ambition has been to unite the seriousness of question with the lightness of form.”
—Milan Kundera
Hannah Arendt ~ Culture Versus Entertainment
Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world;
entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
Hannah Arendt
Louis De Bernieres ~ Falling In Love
When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No... don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away... (Iannis to Pelagia)

CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLINE
Louis de Bernières

Painting by Kees van Dongen
Julio Cortazar ~ An Unreal Reality
“These days, my notion of the fantastic is closer to what we call reality.” —Julio Cortázar
Simone De Beauvoir ~ One’s Past
“It's very hard to review one's past without cheating a little.”
Simone de Beauvoir
Ernest Hemingway ~ Immortality
From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.
Ernest Hemingway
Rudyard Kipling ~ On Life
"This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.” 
― Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Rudyard Kipling
John Maler Collier - 1900