April 26, 2019 — Imagnary House

At Imagnary House, we are inspired and motivated by the incredible writers of history to continue doing what we do. In this blog, you can read about our publisher's top 10 quotes from writers and poets around the world that motivate him to continue publishing great children's books and young-adult literature. 


1) Robert Frost's Nothing Gold Can Stay

Perhaps not so much a quote as an entire poem, this one brings me back to line one again and again. It's a poem that holds onto your mind and sticks with you as the seasons change.

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


2) Jack Kerouac's On the Road

[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!"


3) J K Rowling's Harry Potter

It does not do to dwell on your dreams and forget to live. 


4) C S Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

One day you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again. 


5) Robert Browning's Meeting at Midnight

Another short poem that clings onto my imagination... more for the romantic hearts, Browning captures some kind of magic in these words that won't be forgotten by on a cold night. 

The grey sea and the long black land; 
And the yellow half-moon large and low; 
And the startled little waves that leap 
In fiery ringlets from their sleep, 
As I gain the cove with pushing prow, 
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand. 
Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach; 
Three fields to cross till a farm appears; 
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch 
And blue spurt of a lighted match, 
And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears, 
Than the two hearts beating each to each! 

6) The great one

I had to include an extra quote... I just had to. Just one. This quote has inspired all of my writing and publishing endeavours, since it was first impressed on me by an incredible mentor in early 2016. I hold it close and forever will.

"If you walk in the measurable, you miss out on the imaginable."

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