Thomas Wolfe (b. October 3, 1900, Asheville, NC; d. September 15, 1938, Baltimore, MD)
“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Look Homeward, Angel
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Gore Vidal (b. October 3, 1925, West Point, NY; d. July 31, 2012, Los Angeles, CA)
“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” You can find more quotes here.
What you should read: Lincoln
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Anne Rice (b. October 4, 1941, New Orleans, LA)
“To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Interview with the Vampire
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Peter Ackroyd (b. October 5, 1949, London, UK)
“It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.” Read more quotes here.
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Clive Barker (b. October 5, 1952, Liverpool, UK)
“I don’t feel there’s any reason to apologise for having a wicked imagination. I think it’s important as a maker of fantasy and of horror.” Find more quotes here.
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Desmond Tutu (b. October 7, 1931, Klerksdorp, South Africa)
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Find more quotes here.
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Thomas Keneally (b. October 7, 1935, Sydney, Australia)
“You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing.” Read more quotes here.
What you should read: Schindler’s List
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Frank Herbert (b. October 8, 1920, Tacoma, WA; d. February 11, 1986, Madison, WI)
“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Dune
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