I started loving quotes as soon as people started repeating them to me. “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” – Cinderella. Or more currently, “The right shoe can change your life.” – Cinderella again. She may not have said it, but that shoe thing sure seemed to work for her.
Quotes inspire me and make me think. They help me try a little harder, last a little longer. My father shared a quote with me that had a huge impact on me and it still resonates. I used it in a speech this Spring I gave to some awesome teachers and they all wanted to know the origin of it. It’s a great one for writers and for most of us, I think:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
— Calvin Coolidge
This applies in so many situations: “You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2
I never felt like a genius, so I especially liked this one: “Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts.” — Elbert Hubbard
Mae West had a ton of great quotes. One of my faves is “When choosing between two evils, I like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”
Two writerly quotes that work for me are:
“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”-Stephen Wright
And because I have such a hard time getting started….
“I get a fine warm feeling when I’m doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let’s face it, writing is hell.” – William Styron
I like funny quotes too.
“An apple a days keeps anyone away… if thrown hard enough.”
My current favorite quote. So powerful and so true for what I do everyday.
“If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.” — Hsun Tzu
Do you have a favorite quote? Since I’m a quote-aholic, I would love to hear it! Please share!:)