Welcome to Number 16, the fun website that focuses on words, language and literature. It also contains quizzes and opinion pieces. Number 16 is named after my favourite number. I am Joanne Madden and I'm from Toronto, Canada. To find out what I have written on any topic, use the search box directly below. For TV trivia, please check my other website, TV Banter (www.tvbanter.net).
"Because in February the days were really getting longer and you could see it, if you really looked. You could see how at the end of each day the world seemed cracked open and the extra light made its way across the stark trees, and promised. It promised, that light, and what a thing that was."
- Elizabeth Strout (1956-), American novelist and author
From the novel Olive, Again 
"Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each includes the other.
Love is an echo of the feelings of a unity between two persons, which is founded both on likeness and on complementary differences. Without the likeness there would be no attraction; without the challenge of the complementary differences there could not be the closer interweaving and the inextinguishable mutual interest which is the characteristic of all deeper relationships."
- Felix Adler (1851-1933), German-American philosopher, professor of political and social ethics
From Life and Destiny 
QUOTES FOR JANUARY 2023
"January was a two-faced month, jangling like a jester's bells, crackling like snow crust, pure as any beginning, grim as an old man, mysteriously familiar yet unknown, like a word one can almost but not quite define."
- Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), American novelist and short story writer
From the novel The Price of Salt , later republished as Carol
"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough."
- Frank Crane (1861-1928), American writer, Presbyterian minister, speaker and columnist
As quoted in Business Education World [Volume 15, 1935, Page 172]
QUOTES FOR DECEMBER 2022
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author, dramatist. and journalist
From Return to Tipasa 
"The only freedom that deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others, or impede their efforts to obtain it."
- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), English philosopher and political economist
- From On Liberty 
QUOTES FOR NOVEMBER 2022
"It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one's balance."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist
From a letter that Einstein wrote to his son Eduard on February 5, 1930. The quote is an English translation because the letter was written in German. The exact quote is "Beim Menschem ist es wie beim Velo. Nur wenn er faehrt, kann er bequem die Balance halten."
"The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American naturalist, essayist, poet and philosopher
Autumn: From the journal of Henry David Thoreau (ed. 1892).
QUOTES FOR OCTOBER 2022
"The time of the falling of leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept."
- John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist, conservationist and writer
From Under the Maples, published posthumously by Clara Barrus in 1921
"Today's real borders are not between nations, but between powerful and powerless, free and fettered, privileged and humiliated. Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another."
- Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Ghanaian diplomat and seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006