Saturday, February 27, 2010

Quotation Saturday

Matt. 10: 26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
--Henry Ward Beecher

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald

The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can't tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
--John Gardner

I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.
--Audre Lorde

Sharing our stories can also be a means of healing. Grief and loss may isolate us, and anger may alienate us. Shared with others, these emotions can be powerfully uniting, as we see that we are not alone, and realize that others weep with us.
--Susan Wittig Albert

No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write. The world is not waiting with bated breath for your article or book. Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice - your choice.
--Beth Mende Conny

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
--Michel de Montaigne

You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power in you - the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.
--Wilfred Peterson

Write because it fills you with joy. Read because it releases pain. Love because that is what God intended.
-- Joni


Stormcrow said...

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all.
D H Lawrence - Whales Weep Not

June said...

You're AWESOME, Joni! What a wonderful group of quotes.

I especially like the following:

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald

Take care,

joni said...

Thanks June,
The quotes somehow become a reminder of those who went before us, and left us something to bite on while they're away. :-)

Doreen McGettigan said...

What an amazing collections of quotes...I have written a book on the murder of my brother and have had some negative feedback from family..they are afraid they will have to go through the pain all over again..I was compelled to tell the story and the quote from Susan Wittig Albert just lifted my doubts!! and how ironic my brother's last name was Albert..Thanks for posting and god Bless!!

joni said...

Hi Doreen,
Allow me to be the first to tell you that family will always be the ones who will have adverse feedback, no matter what you write.

Writing is a healer and maybe this is a way for you to heal, I'm all for it since I've always used writing as a means of healing.

I am sorry about your brother, but maybe he would be the one standing behind you cheering you on with this project? :-)

Healing comes in all shapes and forms, this is yours (and mine.)

Glad it helped in the epiphany department.

God Bless you and your family!


Doreen McGettigan said...

Thank you Joni..just the inspiration I needed to get to my daily editing..You are very inspiring!!