Famous Authors

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and noted sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg the…

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J R R Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Ho…

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Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of w…

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George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair , better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is marked by lucid prose, awarene…

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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-…

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Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens , known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His novels include The Adventure…

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Leo Tolstoy

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy , usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He re…

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th cen…

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James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as …

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Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those rev…

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J K Rowling

Joanne Rowling CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, FRSE, , writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novel…

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Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as…

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often…

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F Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age. While he achieved popular success, …

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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest n…

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is …

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The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God. - Leo Tolstoy

The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.

Leo Tolstoy

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Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. - Philip Roth

Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.

Philip Roth

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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together. - Ray Bradbury

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

Ray Bradbury

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Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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In strife who inquires whether stratagem or courage was used? - Virgil

In strife who inquires whether stratagem or courage was used?

Virgil

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Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. - Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

Edgar Allan Poe

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You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. - Abraham Lincoln

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. - Neil Gaiman

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.

Neil Gaiman

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Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. - Mahatma Gandhi

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men. - George Eliot

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.

George Eliot

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The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it. - John Updike

The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.

John Updike

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

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Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not. - Flannery O'Connor

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.

Flannery O'Connor

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That which is so universal as death must be a benefit. - Friedrich Schiller

That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.

Friedrich Schiller

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Justice consists in doing no injury to men decency in giving them no offense. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Justice consists in doing no injury to men decency in giving them no offense.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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To rule is easy, to govern difficult. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Science may have found a cure for most evils but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller

Science may have found a cure for most evils but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

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Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. - Plato

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.

Plato

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I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. - Thomas Jefferson

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

Thomas Jefferson

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Half a truth is often a great lie. - Benjamin Franklin

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Benjamin Franklin

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There is no failure except in no longer trying. - Elbert Hubbard

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Elbert Hubbard

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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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