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The cosmos of writers transcends boundaries of time, place and language. We feature quotations and a spectrum of work from a vast variety of writers.  We welcome submissions, in all genres, from anyone who shares our delight in the written word.
We list 150 quotation and proverb  pages with over 18,000 quotes. We include anecdotal examples plus definition and meanings. 
Top Ten Quotes Pages


An introduction to the origin of cockney slang and quotes plus a list of words and meanings.

Our collection of anecdotes about the different types of bullying. These extracts are drawn from books and articles often about famous people who were in their own way, bullies.

True stories about domestic, workplace, prison, emotional bullying, and its psychological impact.

Reviews of books that contain insight and examples of the bullying mind and behavior. 

Two Articles related to the psychology of the  bully character.

Our collection of stories from new and established authors.

How to enter our annual short story competition. Read the previous contest results.

Some Famous Quotes

Lets keep writing good material;  its good for the heart because that’s where the good bits come from. Maria Keats

There are several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind;  the humorous. Mark Twain

The last thing one settles in writing a book is what one should put in first.  Pascal 

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. W.H Auden

Writing at its best, is a lonely life. Organisations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. Ernest Hemingway

The secret of all good writing is sound judgement. Horace

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished. William Wordsworth

Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences. Andre Gide 

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression. Alfred North Whitehead 

What is so wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse. E. M. Forster 

If you once understand an author’s character, the comprehension of his writings becomes easy. Longfellow

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. Milton

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean. Robert Louis Stevenson

Words, in their primary or immediate signification, stand for nothing but the ideas in the mind of him who uses them. John Locke

Every man speaks and writes with intent to be understood; and it can seldom happen but he that understands himself might convey his notions to another, if, content to be understood, he did not seek to be admired. Samuel Johnson

We must think things not words, or at least we must constantly translate our words into the facts for which they stand, if we are to keep the real and the true. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living. Thomas Hobbes

A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one. Thomas Carlyle

All progress in literary style lies in the heroic resolve to cast aside accretions and exuberance's  all the conventions of a past age that were once beautiful because alive and are now false because dead. Havelock Ellis

A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. Somerset Maugham

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking makes what we read ours. John Locke

The same common sense which makes an author write good things, makes him dread they are not good enough to deserve reading. LA Bruyere 

Books like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed. Sir William Temple

We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author. John Keats

The pen is the tongue of the hand; a silent utter of words for the eye. Henry Ward Beecher

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. Thoreau

Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told, and it depends chiefly on the story-teller or historian whether that is interesting or not. Thoreau

In all production that has anything to do with the arts, to stand still is to go back. … A play is very like a suit of clothes. The tailor must make it at once to fit, or the client will not wear it. And it must be the thing people are wearing at the time, or he will feel a fool. Source: The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings.

When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders. Tagore

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go. Tennessee Williams

All great books contain boring portions, and all great lives have contained uninteresting stretches. Bertrand Russell

All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one story men. Two story men compare, reason, and generalise, using the labours of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three story men idealise, imagine, predict; their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight. Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself. Somerset Maugham

Every advance in civilisation has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. Bertrand Russell 

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigour it will give your style. Sydney Smith

The man who listens to reason is lost; reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her. George Bernard Shaw

How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings?  Edgar Allan Poe

A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of ideas within a wall of words. Samuel Butler

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