Friday, November 19, 2010

My ABCs of Inspiration: Q is for Quotes

I have never been a collector of quotes.  I dutifully read them at the beginning of novels or in the signature lines of folks on their e-mails.  I occasionally read one that I like, but I never remember it later.  I've just never been a quote person. 

But a few weeks ago my library had a book sale (is there anything better than a library book sale?!) and I picked up a book of quotes published in the 1940s.  And since it was bag sale day (fill a paper grocery bag for $4!!) it came home with me.

Flipping through it in a totally random fashion, I came across two interesting and inspirational quotes.  Now these haven't inspired a picture book idea for me, but they do inspire me to keep working at it, so I thought I'd share them.  First, is a quote I've actually heard for years.  But I only ever heard the END of the quote.  For some reason no one ever mentions the first part.  It is from Emerson:

"If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or build a better mouse trap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

And the second one is from Bernard Shaw:

"You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."

What quotes inspire you?


  1. This one keeps spurring me on every time I read a book that doesn't go exactly the way *I* want it to go...

    "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been writen yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

    And I really like the one that Josh Weed mentioned in his interview with Rach Harrie...

    "Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don't talk about doing it. Do it. Finish." ~ E. L. Konigsburg

  2. There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.


    Many people say "Write what you know". :)

    and a most recent quote I like is by Megan Bickel... "Never give up!" :D

  3. Some of my favorite writing quotes are on my blog in the quotes tab. I add one quote a month and share the featured monthly quote near the top of my blog as well. Three of my favorite inspirational quotes that relate to LIFE are:

    1) "That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do - not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased" --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    2) "A strong positive mental attitude will create more mirackes than any wonder drug." --Patricia Neal

    3) "When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power." --President Ezra Taft Benson