Reblogging: Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 1 “on reading and writing”

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This is a reblog from December 17, 2015.  I’m in the throes of pre-vacation, so apologies for not working up the inspiration for fresh quotes – though I do stand by these!

This time round, the challenge was sent to me by Pamela at beeorganizedwithpamela: her posts offer effective and humorous tips that help me maintain some kind of control over the entropy of things material… which is a pretty tall order!

The Challenge rules:

  • post for 3 consecutive days
  • you can pick one or three quotes per day
  • challenge three different bloggers per day

This set of quotes from Doris Lessing are on “reading and writing”.

“Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.”

Anna, there’s something very arrogant about insisting on the right to be right.”

Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself.”

Doris Lessing is my favourite author, and her writings spanned a whole lifetime – from when she was a teenager to her death at the age of 94.

Her works are a monument to a lifetime of writing, in which she spanned all genres. Year after year I wondered why she wasn’t awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and when it finally happened in 2007, it gave rise to one of her famous quotes. Getting out of a taxi in front of her house on her way back from shopping, she found out about the prize when she was assailed by a gaggle of TV reporters. Her reaction? “Oh Christ!”.

I nominate the following for this Challenge! 

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4 Responses to Reblogging: Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 1 “on reading and writing”

  1. zipfslaw1 says:

    Great Doris Lessing quote.

    I recently finished a book on writing that I really liked. Along the way, it talks about how to read in such a way that it helps to inform your writing. It’s called “They Say/I Say.” It’s oriented towards academic writing, but I found it quite useful–it applies to anything that’s attempting to be persuasive.

    • Bea dM says:

      Doris Lessing was a giant! Thanks for the tip, reading as pleasure but to foster one’s writing is two birds with one stone 🙂

  2. Thank you for your kind and funny words. I like your quote and I am looking forward to following the turtle way and Athens letters. My you have some talented friends.

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