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Quote of the Week

In honor of Lincoln’s (belated) birthday:


He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.  -Abraham Linoln


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Teaser Tuesday and Quote of the Week


Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

There are no pets allowed within the walls of the ARC.  She could hear Miss Gwen’s high, nasally voice teling them that the virus could be carried not only by people, but animals as well, and if they were to ever find one to notify a Cleric or guard immediately. The Last Girl by Joe Hart

I finally finished the Under the Never Sky trilogy.  It concluded in a satisfactory way.


Quote of the week:

The dream is to keep surprising yourself, never mind the audience.  Tom Hiddleston

I found myself repeating that quote quite a lot a couple shows ago.  I loved the part and never wanted to feel like I was repeating myself.  So, every night, I’d remind myself to surprise myself somehow.  If only I’d had that enthusiasm on the last show I did…

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Quote of the Week

A few years ago, my brother said something about quotes that I think about every time I write down a quote from a book.  He said that, really, Shakespeare didn’t say “To thine own self be true,” Polonius did.  Just like Shakespeare didn’t say, “I hate the Moore,” Iago did.

Obviously, sometimes authors use characters as their mouthpiece and, other times, they don’t.  Depiction doesn’t equal endorsement, so it’s important to consider the context of the quote.  I’m trying to get into the habit of writing down the character that says the quote for context. I didn’t originally for this one, but I will now.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


(Not that I think this was a sentiment that Harper Lee didn’t agree with.  But character and context is still important.)



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Quote of the Week

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. Mark Twain

I’m finding that a lot of the quotes I have are written down wrong.  I had this one written differently.  I must have copied it from the internet.  There are so many quotes online that are mis-attributed or wrong in some way.  I guess I should stick to quote books (although, at this point, I have so many written down that it’d be silly to ignore what I have).  I’ll just have to keep checking before I post them.
Goodreads, man.  Greater spreader of misquotes.

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Quote of the Week and Teaser Tuesday

No picture with my quote today because, wel, I didn’t draw one.

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” Franklin P. Jones

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  It’s a reread in preparation for (maybe) reading the next in the series.

From chapter 22 (57% through)

The bells rang everywhere.  Perry couldn’t tell where the sound was closest.


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Tuesday Ten – Ten Teaching Quotes

I am back at school after three weeks off for winter break.  It’s very interesting being back seeing as I can’t raise my arm higher than shoulder height and have to practically shove kids away when they went for my injured arm.


“Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.”  Anne Sullivan


“Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time.”  Margot Fonteyn


“The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.”  Madame de Stall


“That’s what learning is.  You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life but in a new way.”  Doris Lessing


“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”  Derek Bok


“Good teaching is one fourth preparation and three fourths teacher.”  Gail Godwin


“That which is unnamed is invisible.  A teacher’s ob is to help students name the world.”  David Levine


“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”  John Wooden

“Children today are tyrants.  They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”  Socrates

and, lastly:

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.”  Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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Top Ten – Quotes about Writing

Technically, this was supposed to be written and posted yesterday, but I couldn’t think of a top ten list. Then, I decided to post ten quotes about writing that I like.

1. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. -W. Somerset Maugham

2. Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation. -Graham Greene

3. No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing. -E. B. White

4. Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. -Franklin P. Jones

5. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightening and the lightening bug. -Mark Twain

6. The only reason for being a professional writer is you can’t help it. -Leo Rosten

7. I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore the things I’m afraid of. -Joss Whedon

8. When I read my first book, I started writing my first book. I have never not been writing. Gore Vidal

9. To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write. -Gertrude Stein

10. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
― Ernest Hemingway

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