In an effort to preserve and/or satirize the words of great authors of yesteryear, many have set up Twitter accounts in their names. This list includes only active accounts (i.e. accounts that have been updated since the new year). There are a number of (sadly) abandoned accounts that are worth perusing (@AustenQuote, @EmersonQuote, and @ThoreauQuotes come to mind), or you could just pay a visit to your local library.
G.K. Chesterton @ChestertonUP
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. #Chesterton
— G. K. Chesterton (@ChestertonUP) December 4, 2013
Ernest Hemingway @_Hemingway_
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
— Ernest Hemingway (@__Hemingway__) April 26, 2014
Jack Kerouac @DailyKerouac
It always makes me proud to love the world somehow- hate’s so easy compared.
— Daily Kerouac (@DailyKerouac) April 23, 2014
C.S. Lewis @CSLewisDaily
Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies… pic.twitter.com/p3pdqHmbmq
— C. S. Lewis (@CSLewisDaily) April 29, 2014
Herman Melville @MelvilleQuotes
“I and my chimney smoke together.” –Inscription painted above Melville’s fireplace at Arrowhead.
— Herman Melville (@MelvilleQuotes) April 29, 2014
George Orwell @OrwellQuotes
Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. (1984)
— George Orwell (@OrwellQuotes) April 9, 2014
Edgar Allan Poe @Edgar_Allan_Poe
I tweet therefore I exist.
— Edgar Allan Poe (@Edgar_Allan_Poe) April 14, 2014
William Shakespeare @ShakespeareSays & @Wwm_Shakespeare
Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy four- hundred-and-fiftieth birthday. Happy birthday to meeee. #Shakespeare450
— William Shakespeare (@ShakespeareSays) April 23, 2014
J.R.R. Tolkien @TolkienQuote
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?” #Tolkien
— J. R. R. Tolkien (@TolkienQuote) November 30, 2013
Leo Tolstoy @TolstoySays
People learn how to talk, when the most important science is how and when to remain silent.
— Leo Tolstoy (@TolstoySays) April 29, 2014
Mark Twain @MarkTwainQuote
I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
— Mark Twain (@MarkTwainQuote) April 29, 2014
Oscar Wilde @Wit_of_Wilde
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
— Oscar Wilde (@Wit_of_Wilde) April 22, 2014
If you’re looking for more quotatious Twitter accounts to follow, check out my list of Twitter accounts for poetry lovers.