My Pick From The Most Beautiful Literary Quotes Of All Time.

Book readers and avid fans of literature are suckers for quotes. Some hold on to them forever, some, like me, tend to forget them as soon as they close the pages. Thanks to this blog, I will be able to preserve some of my most favorite quotes, which I have come across while reading or while stalking words on the internet. Take a look and tell me how many of them do you love as well!

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

“In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.” — One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” – The Road by  Cormac McCarthy

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.”
— The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

“The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
— Beloved by Toni Morrison

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.” The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night time by Michael Haddon

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
— East of Eden by John Steinbeck

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

“Call me Ishmael.” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville (not a quote per se, but it is magnetic)

“Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives.”To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee




14 Lessons That I Picked Up From My Copywriting Course

I have been busy pursuing a short term copy writing course in my city. The idea was to refresh my knowledge and to learn something new. I am almost about to wrap up the course and I want to share some key takeaways, mostly the quotes by David Ogilvy, which have inspired me.

  1. The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible. David Ogilvy
  2. Talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among nonconformists, dissenters, and rebels. David Ogilvy
  3. On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. – David Ogilvy
  4. When you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either. – Leo Burnett
  5. Resist the usual. – Raymond Rubicam
  6. Sometimes the most important job advertising can do, is to clarify the obvious. Jay Chiat
  7. A word after a word after a word is power. — Margaret Atwood
  8. The client will always pick the concept that you like the least, so never present any concepts you don’t like – Robert Fleege
  9. Any copy that runs on a billboard should fit on the back of a business card. – John Pavao, Clearchannel Outdoor
  10. Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer.  – Shirley Polykoff
  11. The first draft of anything is shit. —Ernest Hemingway
  12. The most powerful element in advertising is the truth. – William Bernbach
  13. Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and advertise. – Ted Turner
  14. Nobody reads ads. People read what interests them. Sometimes it’s an ad. – Howard Gossage

Quote: B by Sarah Kay

Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Read the full poem here:

Book Excerpt: Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia is a book I read roughly four years ago. I loved it because of the way it portrayed friendship blooming in the countryside. The simple and warm narrative was another add-on. A great break from run of the mill Vamire-Werewolf laden Young Adult literature. Here are some of the excerpts I adore:

“Ain’t ‘cha gonna run?” she asked.

“No,” he said, shoving the sheet away. “I’m gonna fly.”

“It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength. ”

“It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”

“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”

Book Excerpt: The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri

I am very very very (add as many ‘very’s as you want to this string) bad at remembering excerpts from books. I forget parts of the stories and jumble two or more books up, the moment I close one. I don’t know why, but it has always happened with me. Harry Potter is a wee bit of an exception and that is only because of continuous revisions – each year, the movies and obsessive compulsive love for everything that is remotely associated with it.

Nevertheless, I will take up the initiative and conquer this irrational fear of mine by posting excerpts from some of my favourite books that I happen to remember. I would like to give 99.9% credit to Google for this. What I would do without this mighty know-it-all search engine 😛 😉

The first excerpt is from The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. It goes like this:

As the train heads toward New York, Gogol remembers a time when he was a child and his family had driven to the beach on Cape Cod. They had driven as far out as they could, and then his father and he had continued walking, out onto the rocks, as far as possible. Unfortunately, his father forgot to bring a camera, but he tells Gogol, “We will have to remember it, then.” He tells Gogol, “Try to remember it always… remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.” Now Gogol remembers it as he travels away from their family home, back to his life in New York.

Books That I Can Read On A Loop

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

These are some of the books that I have read till date and can read any day, without getting tired of them. The list will grow, hopefully! 🙂

  1. Harry Potter Series
  2. Enid Blyton – All books
  3. Sons of Fortune – Jeffrey ARcher
  4. A Golden Age – Tahmima Anam
  5. A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly
  6. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  7. Q and A – Vikas Swaroop
  8. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  9. Malgudi Days – R K Narayan
  10. Gently Falls The Bakula – Sudha Murthy
  11. Anandmath – Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  12. The Animal Farm – George Orwell
  13. Train To Pakistan – Khushwant Singh
  14. Satyajit Ray Novels and Stories
  15. The Da Vinci Code
  16. Kusum
  17. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  18. Bridge To Terabithia
  19. The Secret Garden
  20. Madhushala – Harivanshrai Bachchan
  21. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – Ann Brashers
  22. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  23. Good Earth – Pearl S Buck
  24. The Diary Of Anne Frank