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Here Are Some Insightful Thoughts of 20th Century Writers!

 Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Truer words have perhaps never been spoken, especially so in the case of writers. From Shakespeare to Ayn Rand, authors have been around for centuries feeding us deliciously enthralling stories, peppered with kooky characters, witty anecdotes, and endless twists and turns.

Many literary marvels from previous eras are still taught in schools today and maintain their popularity, like Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'Sherlock Holmes' and the works of Charles Dickens, to name a few. In addition to these incredible epics, writers from the 20th century like Virginia Woolf, J.R.R. Tolkien (the author of 'Lord of the Rings'), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), and Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) have also left us words of wisdom and observant musings we can all live by. These are just a few quick examples.  

 

1. On Happiness

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”, George Orwell 

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”

― George Orwell

 

2. On Improvement

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”, Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

― Anne Frank 

 

3. On Distance

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”, T.S Eliot

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

― T.S Eliot 

 

4. On Change

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”, C. S. Lewis

“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

― C. S. Lewis

 

5. On Going

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”, Douglas Adams

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

― Douglas Adams

 

6. On Knowledge

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”, Isaac Asimov

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

― Isaac Asimov

 

7. On Fiction

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”, Tom Clancy

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

― Tom Clancy

8. On Time

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”, J.R.R. Tolkien

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

9. On Love

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”, Harper Lee

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

― Harper Lee

 

10. On Seasons

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”, John Steinbeck

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

― John Steinbeck

 

11. On Will 

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “There's no substitute for will. Sometimes you have to fake will when you don't feel it at all.”, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There's no substitute for will. Sometimes you have to fake will when you don't feel it at all.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

12. On Cures

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.”, Sylvia Plath

“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.”

― Sylvia Plath

 

13. On Dressing

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.”, J. D. Salinger

“Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.”

― J. D. Salinger

 

14. On Gardens

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful’, and sitting in the shade.”, Rudyard Kipling

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful’, and sitting in the shade.”

― Rudyard Kipling

 

15. On Peace

Insightful and Inspiring Quotes from famous 20th Century Authors, “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”, Virginia Woolf

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

― Virginia Woolf

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