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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 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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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote comes from Ellen Burstyn and it’s really lovely.  All of these are my favorites, but I think this is a favorite of my favorites.



What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.


(I tried taking a picture of my doodle this time instead of scanning it; it didn’t work very well.  Also, once again, I wrote the quote wrong, at least according to Brainy Quotes.  Ah well.)

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Quotation of the Week

I love quotes.  I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school, and I decided this year, I would share some of my favorites.  So, once a week, I’ll post one of my favorite quotes.

ImaginationImagination is the highest kite one can fly.   – Lauren Bacall

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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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Thursdays suck

I’ve never been a fan of Thursdays. Today has been fairly brutal. I’m bruised and battered to my soul.

On that cheerful note, a quote:

“Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.” Marya Mannes

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

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Thinky-thoughts Thursday

Or, really, just some quotes I like and have written down.

We are the hero in our own story. Mary McCarthy

I’ve never heard of this woman, other to write down her name in my quote book, and I know one shouldn’t trust Wikipedia as an ultimate source, but she sounds interesting.

Lately, I’ve felt like the villain in my own story. At times this fall, I found myself identifying quite strongly with Regina from Once Upon a Time. Not sympathizing with her, necessarily, because I can’t even sympathize with my own actions and they didn’t involve murder and cursing an entire town. But identifying, yes.

As to one reason I’ve been feeling very villainish, I think Abraham Lincoln summed it up best:

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

Unlike the great Mr. Lincoln, I’m not very tolerant people who do that. I don’t say anything, but it seeps out of me from tiny fissures that don’t release enough pressure. Then, I explode.

But, I always try to keep in mind that

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. Mike Ditka (another person I don’t know).


I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself. Rita Mae Brown (Finally, an author I’ve read).

And, that, is probably the biggest lesson. I may feel like a villain, but I’ve spent a long time keeping a lid on my thoughts and frustrations for conformity’s sake. And that led to me being really unhappy. Now, it’s time to:

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

super pierced

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