There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
born in Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom, November 13, 1850
died: December 03, 1894
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.
Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson’s popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon.
On December 3rd, 1894, he died of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 44.
Now you have gone into that space
You have gone into the pauses in our conversation
The time beyond time and time within time
You are in those moments when we sit in the audience
Waiting for the curtain to rise
And the end when the curtain has closed
And the actors have taken their bows
You are within the pauses of the bird’s song
When we strain to hear the next note
In the water between the fish
In the traveler’s silence within a foreign language
You are in the air that fills the sky
In the moments after the sunset
You are between night and day
Spirit next to soul
You are in the space between the words
The moment before the artist picks up her brush
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There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
– Kazuo Ishiguro
born in Nagasaki, Japan, November 08, 1954
Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ or 石黒 一雄) is a British novelist of a Japanese origin. His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor’s degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.
Ishiguro received the 1989 Man Booker prize for his third novel The Remains of the Day.
We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.
– Joni Mitchell
born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, November 07, 1943
Joni Mitchell, CC is a reknown Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter.