"What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”
Doris Lessing, born in Iran (then known as Persia) and brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe, a Marxist-turned-Sufi novelist, playwright, poet, author of ”feminist bible” - The Golden Notebook, librettist, sci-fi writer, and the eleventh woman to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Lit, dead at 94.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
From one naughty young lady to another, hoping that your mother doesn’t know that you’re out and that you wear only the best woolly bloomers.
Impossibly adorable 1964 inscription inside Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, found in the newly released meta-book Dedicated To: A Secret History of Second-Hand Books. Based on Wayne Gooderham’s blog, it culls endearing, funny, and bizarre dedications found in used books.
Also see the secret life of used-book bookmarks.