Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Non-fiction is hard.  It’s hard to be clever and keep your audience’s interest through a couple of hundred pages of science or history, no matter how intriguing the subject matter.  For today’s Words of Wisdom, I decided to post a couple of fun quotes from non-fiction.  When non-fiction makes you chuckle, you know the writer is skilled.

“I think I’ve always been the kind of person who gets caught up in obsessive quests, most of which seem to involve birds.”  The Grail Bird, by Tim Gallagher

“Unicorns cannot exist.  By the second quarter of the twentieth century this fact of biology was universally accepted, just in time for everyone to be proved wrong.” The Natural History of Unicorns, by Chris Lavers

“Invariably, Mangrove Cuckoo sightings are made by non-birders, thus proving the life-is-not-fair rule.” Good Birders Don’t Wear White, Chapter 10 “Follow These Rules to See a Mangrove Cuckoo” by Dan and Lillian Stokes

“So no, birding is not a hobby, any more than sneezing is, or Presbyterianism is, or liking the color blue is.  It is not something one chooses to do so much as something one cannot help but do.” The Verb ‘To Bird’ by Peter Cashwell

Do you have any to share?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 21:57:02

    This is the first one that came to mind:
    “If you ever want to make a group of people you don’t know very well uncomfortable… just say: My dad’s a pastor. …The church people will begin to give you novel-sized explanations of every Sunday they’ve ever missed and why. …And at some point they’ll pause, tilt their head to the side, and ask, only with their forehead, why you aren’t taking rigorous notes about all this. Just return with the silent head nod that says, because my dad has already spoken to the Lord about you.”
    — “UNtitled”, by Kate Mardis. (Good book. Fun author. Review of both can be found here: http://everonword.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/untitled/ )


  2. Nicole W.
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 07:52:01

    Good quote, deshipley :).


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