Garrison Keillor

Literary Birthday – 7 August – Garrison Keillor

Happy Birthday, Garrison Keillor, born 7 August 1942.


  1. We writers don’t really think about whether what we write is good or not. It’s too much to worry about. We just put the words down, trying to get them right, operating by some inner sense of pitch and proportion, and from time to time, we stick the stuff in an envelope and ship it to an editor.
  2. A book is a gift you can open again and again.
  3. A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.
  4. One reads books in order to gain the privilege of living more than one life. People who don’t read are trapped in a mine shaft, even if they think the sun is shining.
  5. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a boy, though it seemed an unlikely outcome since I showed no real talent. But I persevered and eventually found my own row to hoe. Ignorance of other writers’ work keeps me from discouragement and I am less well-read than the average bus driver.
  6. God writes a lot of comedy … the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.
  7. Book reading is a solitary and sedentary pursuit, and those who do are cautioned that a book should be used as an integral part of a well-rounded life … A book should not be used as a substitute or an excuse.
  8. Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
  9. The funniest line in English is ‘Get it?’ When you say that, everyone chortles.
  10. Life is unjust and this is what makes it so beautiful. Every day is a gift. Be brave and take hold of it.

Garrison Keillor is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. His books include Happy To Be HereLake Wobegon DaysWe Are Still Married, and WLT: A Radio Romance.

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Posted on: 7th August 2013