The Best Quotes from Authors Born in November

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Katisha Smith

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Did you know November is full of author birthdays? In fact, 15 famous writers are celebrating birthdays in November, including Margaret Atwood, who will be 78 years young, Louisa May Alcott, who would be 185 (woah!), and Madeleine L’Engle with a 99th birth anniversary. Here are some great quotes from the Scorpios and Sagittarii of the literary world:


November 1

red badge of courage cover“Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.”

—Stephen Crane (Author of The Red Badge of Courage


November 7

“Life is the sum of all your choices.”

Albert Camus (Author of The Stranger)


November 8

“How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”

Bram Stoker (Author of Dracula


“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”

—Margaret Mitchell (Author of Gone with the Wind


November 9

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

—Carl Sagan (Author of Contact


November 10

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Neil Gaiman (Author of American Gods


November 11

“To live without Hope is to Cease to live.”

—Fyodor Dostoevsky (Author of Crimes and Punishment


“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

Kurt Vonnegut (Author of Slaughterhouse-Five


November 13

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

—Robert Louis Stevenson (Author of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


November 18

“War is what happens when language fails.”

Margaret Atwood (Author of The Handmaid’s Tale)  


November 29

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

C.S. Lewis (Author of The Chronicles of Narnia


“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”

—Louisa May Alcott (Author of Little Women


“Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.”

—Madeleine L’Engle (Author of A Wrinkle in Time


November 30

“No wise man ever wished to be younger.”

—Jonathan Swift (Author of Gulliver’s Travels


Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.

—Mark Twain (Author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


So…what are your favorite quotes from November-born authors?