What hell it is in suing long to bide:
To loose good dayes, that might be better spent;
To wast long nights in pensive discontent;
To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow;
To feed on hope, to pine with feare and sorrow.~ Edmond SpenserOne of my oldest favorites, it’s about, to me, the idea of allowing your emotions to overwhelm you when things don’t go as well as you hoped. It’s especially true in writing…you don’t hear anything for ages, or all you get are rejection letters, so you let yourself get all grumpy, and your muse stops working. You waste time, then, rather than working to go forward…you stop trying.
2. “It is bitter-bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.”
~ Stephen Crane
Sometimes I feel like a bit of a bitter hearted woman.
3. Forget about the likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
~ George Bernard Shaw
The secretaries quote. 😉
4. Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.
~ Sylvia Plath
I don’t know why I like it, but sometimes I look myself in the mirror and I say it. It’s not true, of course. The words denote sexual power, the ability to be a bit of a femme fatale. That is not something you could ever have applied to me.
5. As for me, I am a watercolor.
I wash off.
~ Anne Sexton
One of my favorite poems of hers is “For my Lover Returning to His Wife,” a touching benediction, in some ways, a wry understanding of human nature in others. This line, for me, says so much about my own self worth.
6. Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
~ William Hazlitt
Isn’t that just so?
7. No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
~ Henry Adams
I find this true. When I’m with people I am not overly sure about, or in situations where I want to speak, but do not want to commit myself or misuse my words, I remember this quote. I can almost feel the words slipping away, scattering, the way oil in water would were I reaching in to capture it.
8. For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause for breath,
And love itself have rest.
~ Lord Byron
My darling Lord Byron. You have the ability to twist my heart with just a few words.
9. cuz when I look around
I think this, this is good enough
and I try to laugh
at whatever life brings
cuz when I look down
I just miss all the good stuff
when I look up
I just trip over things
~ Ani Defranco
I do try to live with whatever life brings…but this lyric also warns you not to go to the extremes. Don’t always look up, looking for the joy, don’t always look down, staring at your feet, hiding.
10. You come from far away
With pictures in your eyes
Of coffee shops and morning streets
In the blue and silent sunrise
But night is the cathedral
Where we recognized the sign
We strangers know each other now
As part of the whole design
~ Suzanne Vega
I always found this incredibly romantic…
11. I saw a movie
I saw the saddest film
Where everyone got killed
And the crowd went wild
I didn’t understand the end I couldn’t spot the good guy
All your heroes are whores
~ Tanya Donelley
Sometimes, just sometimes, I worry that people in all mediums…film, telly, novels…forget the story, in their drive to be hip, interesting, different. You need to be original – and interesting! But you also need to remember that you shouldn’t just use a device or change twist the outcome upside down just to jerk a response out of the audience, or to look like you’re original. Stay true to your story, your characters, your plot arch. Always.
12. All right, that’s it! No more Mr. Nice Gaius!
~ Gaius Baltar, Battlestar Galactica
Ok, so maybe you don’t get it, because you’d have to have watched the show…but it makes me laugh every time.
13. I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound – if I can remember any of the damn things.
~ Dorothy Parker
Dot Parker is my hero. Seriously. At least one of them. And what better quote to cap things off with?
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