My current read. It reminds me of another lovely food quote from Wilkie Collins – this time from The Woman in White:

My current read. It reminds me of another lovely food quote from Wilkie Collins – this time from The Woman in White:

Don’t look yet, have a try first! Answers: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1845) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868) Dracula …

Answers: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Dracula …

Tolstoy’s Rules for life when he was 18 years old. Apparently these 10 were only an excerpt from a longer list. The source is supposedly 1847, from Tolstoy’s Diaries Volume 1: 1847-1894…

Tolstoy’s Rules for life when he was 18 years old. Apparently these 10 were only an excerpt from a longer list. The source is supposedly from Tolstoy’s Diaries Volume

I’m reading The Moonstone slowly, but loving it. I think I could read Wilkie Collins for the food quotes alone!

I’m reading The Moonstone slowly, but loving it. I think I could read Wilkie Collins for the food quotes alone!

It’s odd that while most people recognise the truth in this sentence, it changes nothing and we keep chasing. If only we could always be happy in the present. But perhaps that insatiable impu…

It’s odd that while most people recognise the truth in this sentence, it changes nothing and we keep chasing. If only we could always be happy in the present. But perhaps that insatiable impu…

Favourite quotes from Middlemarch by George Eliot “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.” “One can begin so many things with a new person! – …

Favourite quotes from Middlemarch by George Eliot “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

Can you identify these famous opening lines? [Answers below] Answers: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850) Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (…

Can you identify these famous opening lines? [Answers below] Answers: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (…

Henry David Thoreau died 154 years ago today, aged 44 (b. 12 July 1817 – d. 6 May 1862). Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, surveyor, historian &#821…

The philosopher’s profound experience had as much to do with the human landscape as it did with the natural one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today  (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April 1882). Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…

QUOTES: Top 10 Mark Twain delights – The Long Victorian

QUOTES: Top 10 Mark Twain delights – The Long Victorian

Good advice. I’m doin’ my best, Henry ol’ chap – but there’s a lot of ’em and only one of me.

I’m doin’ my best, Henry ol’ chap – but there’s a lot of ’em and only one of me.

That beside the futility of attempting to change somebody, if it is not in their nature to change in that way.

That beside the futility of attempting to change somebody, if it is not in their nature to change in that way.

Poor Jude, life just seemed to get in the way of his dreams.

Life somehow got in the way. Jude was the first adult book I ever read. A strange choice really, especially given the ending!

Keep calm, it’s not the end of the world. Oh, it is?! Keep calm anyway.

Keep calm, it’s not the end of the world. Oh, it is? Keep calm anyway.

The End of the World! (And you thought you’d had a bad day.)

The End of the World! (And you thought you’d had a bad day.

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