On this day February 7 in the year 1885, the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in literature was born in Minnesota, United States. His name was Sinclair Lewis, a novelist, playwright and short story writer. He died on January 10, 1951 at the age of 65.
Here are some of his words of wisdom to think about today.
“It isn’t what you earn but how you spend it that fixes your class.”
“You’re so earnest about morality that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath.”
“Thus it came to him merely to run away was folly, because he could never run away from himself.”
“The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, “The trouble with this country is….””
“Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.”
“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.”
“The Maker of the universe with stars a hundred thousand light-years apart was interested, furious, and very personal about it if a small boy played baseball on Sunday afternoon.”
“People read fiction for emotion – not information”
“When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we’ll be funnier to look at than to read.”
“Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else: we can bore people long after we are dead.”
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