Graduation from the school of life: LitBash 27

School’s over? Not the school of life! Want to pass the school of life with flying colors? You’ll need a library: “Nobody graduated from a library. Nobody graduated without one.” Build yours. Start with books by authors who were…

Born this week:

Emil Cioran, Romania
“Life inspires more dread than death — it is life which is the great unknown.”

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brasil
“Out of the sighs of one generation are kneaded the hopes of the next.”

José Pereira da Graça Aranha, Brasil

Jean Paul Sartre, France
“The more one is absorbed in fighting evil, the less one is tempted to place the good in question.”

Francoise Sagan, France
“Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.”

Erich Maria Remarque, Germany
“Work does not take much of an artist’s time, on the contrary, it takes the least time. The idea, however, and its long maturing period is equally important. Creative work is divided into active and passive.”

Peter Seeberg, Denmark

Hans Christian Branner, Denmark

Wolfgang Koeppen, Germany

George Courteline, France
“It is better to waste one’s youth than to do nothing with it at all.”

Benito Lynch, Argentina

George Orwell, UK
“Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Ingeborg Bachmann, Austria
“I am writing with my burnt hand about the nature of fire.”

Martin Andersen Nexo, Denmark
“Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did.”

Died this week:


Niccolo Machiavelli, Florence

“Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts.”

Boris Vian, France
“There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly.”

Charles Vildrac, France

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