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Albert Einstein
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
Dylan Thomas
I fell in love – that is the only expression I can think of – at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy.
Eddie Cantor
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.
Edward Abbey
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
e e cummings
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
Eyler Coates
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually produce a masterpiece. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Gustave Flaubert
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Going to the Opera is like making love; we get bored but we come back.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
John Steinbeck
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Leonard Cohen
Ring the bells that still can ring;
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
That's how the light gets in.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
Paul Sweeney
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
Peter Altenberg
I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart.
Robert Frost
In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money.
Satchel Paige
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Thomas Mann
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
V S Naipaul
The writer has only to listen very carefully and with a clear heart to what people say to him, and ask the next question, and the next.

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Indra Sinha long listed for $110,000 Australia-Asia Literary Award

Indra Sinha has been longlisted for $110,000 Australia-Asia Literary Award. The longlist for the Australia-Asia Literary Award was announced on October 17, 2008 by Culture and Arts Minister John Day.

The Australia-Asia Literary Award is the richest literary award in Australia and Asia valued at AUD $110,000.

This ground-breaking award is for a book-length work of literary fiction written by an author resident in Australia or Asia, or a work primarily set in Australia or an Asian country. Works must have been either written in, or translated into, English and published in the preceding year.

Recognizing the increasing predominance of electronic media and to emphasize the Award’s focus on literary merit, no matter what the format; the Award is open to any book-length work of literary fiction published either electronically or in print.

All works submitted must be nominated by publishers and written in the English language. If the winning entry is a work translated into English, the author will receive AUD $88,000 and the translator AUD $22,000.

Entries for the award closed on May 31, 2008.

The winner of the Australia-Asia Literary Award and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award Premier's Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday November 21, 2008 at Fraser's Restaurant in Kings Park, Western Australia

Australia-Asia Literary Award Longlist

J. M. COETZEE Diary of a Bad Year Publisher: Random House Group Ltd
Matthew CONDON The Trout Opera Publisher: Random House (Vintage)
Michelle DE KRETSER The Lost Dog Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Ceridwen DOVEY Blood Kin Publisher: Atlantic Books
Rodney HALL Love without Hope Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Mohsin HAMID The Reluctant Fundamentalist Publisher: Penguin
Mireille JUCHAU Burning In Giramondo Publishing
David MALOUF The Complete Stories Publisher: Random House
Alex MILLER Landscape of Farewell Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Haruki MURAKAMI After Dark Translator: Jay Rubin Publisher: Random House Group
Indra SINHA Animal’s People Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd
Janette TURNER HOSPITAL Orpheus Lost Publisher: HarperCollins



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