Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Dose of I: A Few Quotations (aka "Remarks")

I've been telling anyone who'll listen that I've been reading quotations...I think they've been helping me get over some invisible bump. Here are a few from some of the heavy hitters (aka visionaries) I found inspiring:

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Helen Keller

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Helen Keller

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Abraham Lincoln

I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.
William Faulkner

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mark Twain

The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.
Ernest Hemingway

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Aesop, The Jay and the Peacock

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anais Nin

I also loved another one on friendship that I cannot find now and can't remember who said it. It was something like: "A friend shouldn't be judged by the last conversation you had, but by your entire history with them". I love that.

Of course send more if you want... hope this's a good one!


Julia said...

Oh send them to us :) These are wonderful, just what I needed on a rainy Monday morning!


Amy@OldSweetSong said...

Lovely! I can't always count on you for a perfect start to my week. Sorry I missed the Flea, hope it was a blast! Did you get a tan?

tyler said...

i'm a bit of a quote junkie myself. oh, to be so brilliant. love the anais nin saying on 'friendship'. just lovely, thanks for sharing. and the photos are divine. you might be interested in the blog 'dailypoetics'.

georgia b. said...

i have always loved any quote by Helen Keller. the things she said would be inspiring coming from anyone, but coming from her--they are beyond inspiring. thanks for sharing these!

Mrs.French said...

is this what happens in our 30s (assuming you are right there with me)? I have been turning to quotes lately too...helen keller takes my breath wise, wise friend...xo t

onesilentwinter said...

i needed these dear deb, oh how i need these!

AC said...

these are so great! here's another from one of my favorites:
“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”
A.A. Milne

cindy* said...

amazing deb. i love them all, but, of course i have my faves. just what i needed on the...i always seem to let mondays get me down. thanks pal. xo

peachey said...

one of my favorites has always been:
"i would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - h.d. thoreau

Unknown said...

These are fantastic my sweet friend....thank you, I needed that! Plus, I love the last one(the one you couldn't remember) it is too too true. Wonderful...

please sir said...

Really great quotes to remember and re-visit!

Alyssa said...

I am a huge fan of Hemingway and Twain - wonderful finds!

Katrina said...

what gorgeous photos! and delightful quotes...(and agree with mrs. french about the 30s part too!)

Esti said...

good quotes always lift my spirit!

hmstrjam said...

love the old photographs!

molly said...

i have hundreds and hundreds collected. i used to make full books/journals with quotes i'd read, heard, seen in a book, magazine, rip it out, paste it here. funny, i've used a lot of my favorite quotes while writing this blog. hmmm. gotta love a good quote. being able to remember them, even better.