I love quotes. Little nibblets of inspiration. Lessons. Advice. I write them on post-its and stick them to my monitor. I flag and dogear keeper books where a line surprised my heart. I rip chunks out of newspapers and magazines and pin them to my bulletin board.
There are so many I love…
Sometimes they remind of who I want to be when I grow up:
Carolyn See: “All writing, all art, maybe all of life—is exactly like dating. Write one charming note to a novelist, an editor, a journalist, a poet, a sculptor, even an agent whose professional work you admire, five days a weeks for the rest of your life.”
Sometimes they remind me of how good days feel:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “The writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.”
Sometimes they remind me how to survive a hard day:
Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.”
This one echoed for days after a recent trip to the theater:
Shakespeare: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
It's a breathtaking old castle on the top of a mountain, built by Muslims over thousands of years. The Muslim faith restricts depicting certain artistic images and as a result they create amazing graphic displays of color and shape.
And calligraphy...oh mama! they have some pretty handwriting.
It seemed to me as if the buildings of the Alhambra worshiped words. Thick tiles made of white marble are carved with swirling inscriptions and mounted along halls, or all the way around a room.
At first, I didn't recognize I was looking at words, the shapes were so pretty. Now I can't get them out of my head. So much nicer than post-it notes!
If only I knew how to carve stone....
So...do you save quotes?
I’d love to hear some of yours!