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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Our Favorite Quotes

Today, the Noodlers are sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes.  The ones we have tacked onto our computer or glance at when we're gearing up to write.

Author of Bound To Love Her, Esri Rose likes:

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

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

Stitched into a needlepoint pillow given to Diane Gaston by Regency author Mary Blayney, when faced with rejection after rejection before selling, the author of The Vanishing Viscountess, shares:

Never never never give up ~ Winston Churchill

Trish Milburn aka Tricia Mills, and author of the upcoming A Firefighter In The Family enjoys:

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~ Henry Ford

The Rules of Gentility author, Janet Mullany, shares:

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money. ~ Moliere

Just do it. ~ Nike

Maureen Hardegree, author in the anthology At Home In Mossy Creek, has stenciled on her wall:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau

Theresa Ragan has two quotes she likes:

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. ~ Anon

What we think, we become. ~ Buddha

MJ Fredrick, author of the upcoming book, Where There's Smoke enjoys:

I write because I want more than one life. ~ Anne Tyler

Four Little Blessing author Merillee Whren gives us this wonderful quote from Erma Bombeck:

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"

And I'll (Jill Monroe author of Primal Instincts) will finish this message off with one of my favorite quotes for when I get stuck or blocked:

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein

Hope you enjoyed those.  Share a favorite of yours in the comment section!



At 11:43 AM, Blogger Cat Schield said...

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

Ack, I knew I was going to love this post! I drive my dh crazy with all the sayings I frame and set around the house.

Maureen, I have the Thoreau saying framed. M. Engelbreit did the picture; I love her artwork.

I also love "Folks are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be." (Lincoln)

Ok, one more and I'll quit-- I could do this all day! I put "When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself" (anon) on my blog. But honestly, you all could post it here; what you are doing all year long is the best example I've seen :)

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

I love quotes, too, Gillian. And I really like the one about helping someone up a hill.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Great quote!

Cool that you have that one, too.

I'm with Theresa, I love the hill quote.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

Isn't it cool how a quote can really capture a truth in so few words? Gillian, I love that Lincoln quote. Cat, I've seen that quote come true for so many people.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Here's another one of my favorites, one I posted in my office when I worked with the elderly as a mental health social worker;

It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~George Eliot

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Esri Rose said...

I love that Anne Tyler quote. It feels very true to me.

I forgot that I have a fortune-cookie fortune in a bitty frame:

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

At 8:57 PM, Blogger MaryF said...

Gillian, I have the Eliot quote as a Mary Engelbreit print ;) I love her, too!

Trish, I adore that quote! How true!

Esri, the fortune cookie one is a hoot, but true!

At 10:13 PM, Blogger doglady said...

I have this one in my computer hutch because so many people have told me I will never be a published writer and it is silly / foolish / or unreasonable for me to try.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

And Gillian, I agree completely with the hill quote and its application to the Posse. You can apply it to yourself as well. Your help on Passion's Slaves with my WIP is worth more than you will ever know. Here's to all of us making it to the top!

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

Ah, Pam (((hugs))). That's an awesome quote, and right back atcha. Couldn't do it, and in fact didn't do it, without ya ;)

At 5:04 AM, Blogger MaryF said...

PAM!!!! I'm just growling over here that people are telling you that writing is an unreasonable pursuit. Even IF you never get published, writing is something that enriches your life and makes you happy, right? Yeesh. I love your quote, and think you should add Diane's - NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!!!

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Pam, how ridiculous are those people?!!!

I always tell my kids they can be anything they want to be. Bestselling author, actress, NFL star, President of the US, you name it! Why shouldn't you be the next big bestseller? It's going to be someone so, of course, it might as well be you!

Great quotes everyone.


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