In continuing Bookstr’s celebration of Pride Month and promoting LGBTQIA+ Voices year round, here are twenty beautiful quotes from LGBTQIA+ writers to inspire you and resonate with you.
In an age where everything is done while staring at a screen, I love my time writing with a pen on some good old-fashioned paper. Today is National Ballpoint Pen Day. To celebrate, I compiled some quotes about pens that keep me motivated while writing.
Jack Kerouac was a novelist and a poet whose work pioneered, captured, and inspired the Beat generation movement of the 1950s. In honor of what would have been his 99th birthday, here are some of his best and most inspirational quotes.
Was Oscar Wilde 200+ years ahead of his time? Probably. The man was so galaxy brain we don’t even need to make memes about him, everything he said is already practically a meme. You’ve gotta appreciate the sheer brilliant nonsense. Here’s some relatable content, all the way from the 1900s.
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Well, if they tempt you, what are you really supposed to do? Not give in? I don’t think so. We’re going to be out here, living our most decadent and ridiculous lives, just like he would have wanted. You’ve got to live your best life, and sometimes that means making whatever choices are offered.
2. That’s what friends are FOR
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I mean, if you’re going to be stabbed, at least you can do it like bros. It would be the polite thing to do. Murder doesn’t have to end a friendship. And who even said anything about murder? What are a few knife wounds between friends? It’s an allegory for betrayal anyway. Brotrayal?
3. But not too much
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‘Nuff said. Or is it? Damn you, Wilde.
4. Gotta go be cool somewhere
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Just living that cat life, writing decadent horror stories and being the icon of the century. Bored? Never. Just got things to do. What things? Who cares? If he’s doing it, he’s going to make it cool. He’s pulling off that haircut, for goodness’ sake.
5. We all know where the real party is
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Not to be controversial, but — valid. I mean, Wilde’s life was not an easy one, so being denied something he never wanted anyway isn’t a big deal. It’s catchy and amusing, but Wilde is rejecting shame. Funny though. Honestly.
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Of course, we’ve all got legions of enemies (citation needed), so any advice a dead poet can give is going to change all of our lives for the better. Plus, this is a satisfying move. It’s low effort, and as well as getting your revenge, you get to be very smug while doing it.
7. One feel-good quote? I’M WEAK
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This is not as much a funny one, but it is one of my all-time favorites and always good when you’re having a moment, which is all the time for me. It’s the sort of pleasant, post-nihilistic sentiment we can always use, especially in strange times.
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