A Week for Quotes

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I love quotes. I always have. I’m not sure why, but there’s nothing like a good quote to cheer me up, make me think, or make me feel just a little bit less crazy. This week I’d liked to share some of my favorite quotes. Some of them are inspirational, some are sad, some make you pause and think for a moment, but all of them were intriguing enough for me to stop and write them down.

Most of them are from books I’ve read over the past few years, but I’ve collected a few from other places as well. I hesitate to say that all of them have “spoken to me,” but you get the idea. As I was reading through them, there are some definite themes so I’ve divided them up into sections for easier perusing. I’ve been as faithful as I can in recording the quotes accurately; if anything is amiss I apologize. I’ve done my best to include where I found them and who said them, wrote them, quoted them, etc. Hopefully there’s at least one or two that will catch your eye and make you pause for just a moment and think.


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CC image by Moyan Brenn

“Why should being alone – in and of itself – be such a matter for derision? But it was. The alone – the loners – were not to be trusted. They were strange and twisted. Most likely they were psychopaths. They might have a few murdered corpses stowed away in their freezers. They didn’t love anyone, and nobody loved them either.”    ~Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

“I spend so much time alone that silence has become a habit.”    ~West With the Night by Beryl Markham

“The overstrain upon our brains has produced a general depression throughout the system. Change of scene, and absence of the necessity for thought, will restore the mental equilibrium.”    ~Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

“The longer she stayed with Ankil, the more the peace of the mountains began to enter her. Sometimes, when her day’s work was done and Cadvan was off helping Ankil with the garden or the goats, she would climb to another tiny meadow nearby and just sit, letting the deep quiet fill her up slowly, an unhurried accretion of light.”    ~The Riddle by Alison Croggon

Art and Creativity

“It’s not until years have passed that you can tell which moments you have lived through will remain permanently embedded and another lengthy time must pass before you even begin to understand why.”    ~Surviving a Writer’s Life by Suzanne Lipsett

“A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in first.”    ~Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’amour

“People are forever asking me where I get my ideas, but one has only to listen, to look, and to live with awareness. As I have said in several of my stories, all men look but so few can see. It is all there, waiting for any passerby.”    ~Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’amour


(because where else can you put Peter Pan?)

“But it was now ten minutes since three scoundrels had been breathing behind the curtains, and Peter Pan can do a great deal in ten minutes.”    ~Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


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CC image by Sam Howzit

“Why am I gazing at this campfire like a lost soul seeking a hope when all that I love is at my wingtips? Because I am curious. Because I am incorrigibly, now, a wanderer.”    ~West With the Night by Beryl Markham

“Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.”    ~The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

“Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best book; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.”     ~Professor Thomas Davidson (found in Louis L’amour’s Education of a Wandering Man)


“If I were asked what education should give, I would say it should offer breadth of view, ease of understanding, tolerance for others, and a background from which the mind can explore in any direction.
Education should provide the tools for a widening and deepening of life, for increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences. It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is happening about him, for to live life well one must live with awareness.”    ~Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’amour

“We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.”    ~Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’amour


“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.”    ~Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Elizabeth speaking to Jane)

“But what if I missed a turn somewhere – missed my own future? That would be frighteningly easy to do. I’d make one hesitation or one departure too many and then I’d have run out of choices; I’d be standing all alone.”    ~Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

“The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now.”    ~Haruki Murakami

“All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.”    ~Iain Thomas


“You are not useless. You are not hopeless. And no matter how scared you are, you will never be alone. And deep down, somewhere, in the part of you that decided the good days and your happiness and your health were all worth fighting for, you know that, too. Hold onto that knowledge. It will see you through the worst.“    ~Ella Ceron

“But, for a little while, this is the place for us – a good place too – a place of good omen, a place of beginning things – and of ending things I never thought would end.”    ~West With the Night by Beryl Markham

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”    ~On Writing by Stephen King

“I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching, they are your family.”    ~Jim Butcher

Quiet Strength

“A submissive spirit might be patient, a strong understanding would supply resolution, but here was something more; here was that elasticity of mind, that disposition to be comforted, that power of turning readily from evil to good, and of finding employment which carried her out of herself, which was from Nature alone. It was the choicest gift of Heaven.”    ~Persuasion by Jane Austen (Anne thinking of Mrs. Smith)

“I guess it wasn’t till I stopped trying to be feminine that I began to enjoy being a woman.”    ~The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (from an interview)

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness.”    ~Anonymous

By Melissa Blakely