To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.
Day 17 – Favorite Quote
My favorite quote from an author is easy to know. It’s what this writer loves, and believes in. Isaac Asimov was so right when he told, “I write for the same reason I breathe, because if I didn’t I would die.” And it is something I believe in. For writing is what has kept me alive at times.
A favorite quote from a favorite book, however, is a different cup of tea. The quote is not a quote per se, but a dialogue from a drama. My English syllabus for 10th grade had William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as the reading. I didn’t think I would enjoy reading a drama, but I started reading during my 9th grade vacations and I had finished it before the school reopened.
It was a coincidence that I had to memorize my favorite quote/dialogue for a declamation. Mark Antony’s speech still reverberates in my ears.
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar…”
It showed how a moving, heartfelt speech can change the attitude of the biggest crowds, one which had just a few moments before, scorned Caesar after Brutus’ speech. It showed the power of words, the power of a pause at the right moment. I remember the dialogue more because of the school declamation speech, but oh, that dialogue had the power.
(24th November 2014)