Literary Birthday – 15 March – Simon Van Booy

Happy Birthday, Simon Van Booy, born 15 March 1975.


  1. I read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.
  2. But those who seek only reassurance from life will never be more than tourists—seeing everything and trying to possess what can only be felt. Beauty is the shadow of imperfection.
  3. The passions we cannot control are the ones that define us.
  4. It’s true the people we meet shape us. But the people we don’t meet shape us also, often more because we have imagined them so vividly.
  5. I think we keep these moments of rejection and acceptance very close. I think we carry them always, like cracked shells from which a part of us once hatched.
  6. Writing is learning to fail over and over again because there is no right way. (via)
  7. Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet. It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones: The history of how you felt.
  8. I was always a writer, by which I mean I was always scribbling away, doing something with pen and paper.
  9. I think music is what language once aspired to be. Music allows us to face God on our own terms because it reaches beyond life.
  10. Reading reassures us that no matter how alone we might feel, there are many others – spread as wide as history itself – who have felt the same way we have, who have occupied the rooms we find ourselves locked in at various points of our lives.

Simon Van Booy is a British writer. He is the best-selling author of seven books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy. His short story collection, Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories, won the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th March 2018