Sunday, February 1, 2009

Quotable Sunday

Everyone at Kindling Words gave a favorite quotation, many of which resonated with me, so I thought I would share those. . . .

"'Now' is the operative word. . . . You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating."--Barbara Sher

"The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."--Abbie Hoffman

"One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it."--Katherine Anne Porter

"We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love."--Sigmund Freud

"We will rise to the occasion which is life."--Virginia Euwer Wolff

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."--proverb

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."--Anton Chekhov

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."--E. L. Doctorow

"It's not down on any map; true places never are."--Herman Melville

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."--George Bernard Shaw

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--over and over announcing your place in the family of things."--Mary Oliver

"Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."--Edith Wharton

"Don't ask yourself what the world regards; ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."--Howard Thurman

"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it."--William Faulkner

"That's a sure way to tell about somebody--the way they play, or don't play, make-believe."--Madeleine L'Engle

"Things needs not have happened to be true."--Neil Gaiman

"Grown-ups always say they protect their children, but they're really protecting themselves. Besides, you can't protect children. They know everything."--Maurice Sendak

(I gave the Yeats quote that I love: "I bring you with reverent hands / The books of my numberless dreams.")


  1. Love these--thanks for sharing! I particularly liked the Faulkner one: "I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it." I just blogged a review of The Hunger Games, but it wasn't until I was writing the review that I could really articulate why that book resonated so much with me.

  2. Ooh, love the Melville one. Reminds me of that Hemingway one I love about how "all good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened." Sigh.

  3. Madeleine L'Engle is right on in her quote about how others play or make-believe (or don't). Finding this energy and creativity in another person is liberating - I'm just glad I have children - now I have an excuse to pretend and make-believe every day with gusto!!

    Thanks for the post.

    Jennifer C.

  4. I'm of the do it now kind of thinking. The first quote you have by Barbara Sher.

    Do a small something right now. Even if it's for a timed 5 minutes. Those five minutes every day can add up to real change in your life!