Author Birthdays – September, round 2

Richard Wright (b. September 4, 1908, Roxie, MS; d. November 28, 1960, Paris, France)

He doesn't look like a happy man. Fair enough.“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Uncle Tom’s Children and Native Son

For more information on Richard Wright, click here.

 

Robert M. Pirsig (b. September 6, 1928, Minneapolis, MN)

As advertised, zen and motorcycles“It is not good to talk about Zen, because Zen is nothingness… If you talk about it, you are always lying, and if you don’t talk about it, no one knows it is there.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

For more information on Robert Pirsig, his works and his philosophy, click here.

 

Leo Tolstoy (b. September 9, 1828, Yasnaya Polyana, Russia; d. November 20, 1910, Lev Tolstoy, Russia)

At once, exactly and nothing like what I expected“To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: War and Peace and Anna Karenina

For more information on Tolstoy, click here.

 

 

James Hilton (b. September 9, 1900, Leigh, UK; d. December 20, 1954, Long Beach, CA)

Probably not a candid shot of him looking dapper and reading his own book, but who knows“Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren’t things to think about any more. All that matters is value – the ultimate value of what one does.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips

For more on Mr. Hilton, click here.

 

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