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?