…and I quote

Ever since someone invented writing and figured out how carve words of the day into clay tablets, people’s pithy statements have been captured for the rest of us to use when we’ve wanted to say something but can’t find our own words.

Sometimes these quotes are wonderful little snippets that encapsulate great wisdom, universal truths, a moment in time, or just something to think about.

Quotes are helpful for writers of things, too. Sometimes, when thinking about what to write, I find some quotes and take inspiration from them whether I agree with them or not. Using a quote as a starting point, I’ll start writing; play with it, contradict it and often end up ignoring it completely once the writing gets going. It totally works as a writing prompt.

As for the following quotes, I happen to agree with what all these very famous people have to say. Enjoy!

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“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe



“Does it matter whether you hate yourself? At least love your eyes that can see, your mind that can hear the music, the thunder of the wings.” Robinson Jeffers

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“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”  Audrey Hepburn

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mohandas Gandhi

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“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
— Dr. Seuss

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About FS

Toronto, Canada. Writing about slices of life, the moments and minor details of which come into awareness or out of imagination and the spaces inbetween.
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3 Responses to …and I quote

  1. Terrisita says:

    What excellent choices! Kind of a universal theme there, FS. Feeling rather “Seussy” myself today…

    • FS says:

      Aww, Thanks T. 🙂 :-). To my little mind, Dr. Seuss was an iconoclast and rhyming revolutionary, WAAAY ahead of his time. Some might argue with me, but I see something of his sensibility — albeit a far darker take — in Tim Burton’s stuff.

  2. lynn says:

    Great post, FS. What a trove of quotes. Love them all. The neat thing is some speak more to one given the day. Today, for me, it’s Jeffers all the way…

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