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10 quotes by Author Bryce Courtenay that will Inspire you

10 quotes by Author Bryce Courtenay that will Inspire you

Bryce Courtenay was one of the most successful and loved authors of a generation. He began his writing career later in life following a rewarding career in advertising. He was born in South Africa and then studied in London where he met his first wife Benita. They emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s and had three sons.

His youngest son Damon was born with hemophilia; a disease that prevents blood from clotting. He died at the age of 24 on 1st April 1991, from AIDS related complications after contracting HIV, transmitted to him through a blood transfusion. Bryce and his wife divorced in 2000 and Benita died in 2007. Bryce lived in Canberra with his second wife Christine Gee until he died in November 2012 from gastric cancer.

He is most well known for his book The Power of One, which was also made into a film. It started out as a ‘practice’ book. Bryce researched what made a popular author and discovered that most writers achieved success with their fourth book. He planned to write three practice books and publish his fourth. The Power of One was his first manuscript and he used the bulk of paper to prop up a door. A friend asked to read it and sold it to a publisher at a writers’ convention for six figures! He didn’t envisage that his first book would be the first of 21 number one best sellers written in 23 years; selling all up around 25 million books translated into 28 different languages.

He also wrote a book called April Fool’s Day about his son Damon. It was one of his only non fiction books and told us so much about his early life, his career, but mostly his family and their experience dealing with Damon’s illness and his subsequent death. Bryce calls it a love story, but it was so much more.

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He has written many books set in his birth country South Africa and his home country Australia. His vivid historical narrative, his rich and dynamic characters and the humanity in his writing has made him a national treasure in Australia and a popular and successful author world wide. As well as many epic sagas, Bryce Courtenay also wrote short stories and his historical novel Jessica was made into an Australian mini series.

One of the last books published in his name is called The Silver Moon. It is a compilation of reflections and short stories about his life, his writing and his death. Bryce Courtenay was diagnosed with cancer in September 2012 and was told he had only two months to live. He died the following November. He was grateful to have been given the time to reflect deeply upon his life, something he did as habit anyway and ponder the prospect of his looming demise. He was given the opportunity to farewell his family and friends; his beloved pets and his cherished garden.

Bryce Courtenay wrote his grand novels over the course of a year and his books were usually released in November in time for the holiday season, making them the perfect gift. On a number of occasions, I personally received more than one at a time as presents; friends and family knowing I was anticipating his latest release. His advice to writers is outlined in detail in The Silver Moon. He professed to write from the early morning to the evening every single day until the book was finished and said that writing was hard work. He tells writers that if you put in the time, do the research and choose your cherished words carefully, it can be done.

In many ways, for someone who wrote so many profound words and spoke as many, Bryce Courtenay was a simple man. Of himself he said to The Age newspaper in July 1997, as quoted in The Silver Moon:

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‘In the end, if someone says, “Here lies Bryce Courtenay, a storyteller”, my life will have been worthwhile.’

Here are 10 quotes by author Bryce Courtenay that will inspire you:

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                      27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                      27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                      Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

                      If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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                      1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
                      2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
                      3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
                      4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
                      5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
                      6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
                      7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
                      8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
                      9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
                      10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
                      11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
                      12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
                      13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
                      14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
                      15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
                      16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
                      17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
                      18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
                      19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
                      20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
                      21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
                      22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
                      23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
                      24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
                      25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
                      26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
                      27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

                      Remember:

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                      It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

                      If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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