Quoting the Quill #33

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“I hate writing, I love having written.”

– Dorothy Parker

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This quote is so darn true! The act of writing is wonderful, but often it can also be a real struggle. It frustrates me when I can’t get the words to align in the order I want them to,  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #32

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“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
’That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

– George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

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I have been on a total Game of Thrones kick lately. With the fourth season on TV in full swing and having recently devoured the first book, my head is firmly stuck in the fantasy world of Westeros. I was fuming when I heard that there would be no episode on this week, so what better way to pass the time than quoting it instead?!
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Quoting the Quill #31

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“Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I’ve found. I found it is the small things. Every day deeds by ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.”

– The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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I am feeling in a Middle Earth kind of mood today (one might argue that I am always in a Middle Earth kind of mood) so I have decided to use a quote from The Hobbit film this week. I’m not sure this is Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #30

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“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”

– H.P. Lovecraft

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I am a night owl, so this quote instantly resonated with me. I always find myself  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #29

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‘Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.’

– Dr Seuss

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First off, how is it fair that Dr Seuss has such an unlimited amount of wisdom? Everywhere I go on the internet I find fabulous quotes by him and frantically write them down. I wonder what it would be like to live in his head where all these thoughts form, and whether it would be liberating or tiring. I’ve never read any of his books so if anyone out there in virtual space has any recommendations for me, fire away!

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic this week, in a good way. I’ve found myself flicking back through old photos,  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #28

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‘Always question where your loyalties lie. The people you trust will expect it, your greatest enemies will desire it, and those you treasure the most, will, without fail, abuse it. Some say loyalty inspires boundless hope. Well that may be, but there is a catch. True loyalty takes years to build, and only seconds to destroy.’

– Revenge Season 1 (TV show)

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Before anyone asks, no I have not been horribly slighted in any way and I am not sitting in my room plotting any evil schemes! However, I do love this quote. I have been holding on to it for a year or so to use on Quoting the Quill but have never been able to find the right moment for it. After all, I tend to Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #27

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‘Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.’

– Markus Zusak

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I found myself enthusiastically nodding my head when I came across this quote. I always thought carrying books around after I had finished them was one of my super weird bookworm quirks, but Zusak makes it sound much more socially acceptable, LOL.  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #26

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‘Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes’, I’m unsure how to talk to you.’

– Haruki Murakami

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Ahaha, I got a really good LOL out of this quote when I first saw it! Yes, it is a little over dramatic, of course I am able to understand and talk to people about topics other than books, but to me there’s nothing more of a conversation stopper than someone who says they hate, dislike or don’t read. Having wonderful bloggers that have tagged along for my bookish ramblings has almost made me a bit spoilt. There is such a brilliant reading community on here that completely understand my hobby bordering on obsession that sometimes I forget just how clueless most people are about the wonders of reading.

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Quoting the Quill #25

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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”

– Anne Lamott

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Quoting the Quill #24

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“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”

– Alan Cohen

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I am feeling incredibly thankful at the moment. I have been stressed lately, obsessing over obsolete things that are unimportant in the grand scheme of things and beating myself up about them. Sometimes it is easy  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #23

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‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’

 – J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter Series)

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I’m not 100% sure if this is the book or film phrasing, but it remains one of my all time favourite Harry Potter quotes.  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #22

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‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’

– Nelson Mandela

‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’

– Nelson Mandela

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A week or so ago people around the world received some very bad news, that Nelson Mandela had sadly passed away. I am not going to make a huge speech on this blog because I am ashamed to say that I don’t know enough of the history to feel competent discussing it, and therefore I could never do him justice. I’m only aware of what I have picked up over the years, little snippets here and there. I do know however, that when I saw the announcement on the news a wave of sadness crept over me and a strong feeling that the world had lost someone special and irreplaceable.  Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #21

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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.”

– Mortimer Adler

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I thought all the readers in the blogosphere with toppling tbr piles would appreciate this one, I certainly do! There are so many intriguing books out there, that a readers dilemma is often how they are going to try and fit them all into one lifetime. For this reason, I can sometimes get into the mindset where I find myself reading a book just so I can get it off my tbr pile to get to the next book, and so on. I think Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #20

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“In an ideal world no one would talk before 10am.
People would just hug, because waking up is really hard.”

– Zooey Deschanel

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An oddly insightful-in-a-quirky-way quote from Deschanel there, best known for her role as Jess in New Girl and Summer in 500 Days of Summer. (One of my favourite films!)

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Quoting the Quill #19

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“Books fall open,
you fall in,
delighted where
you’ve never been.
Hear voices not once heard before,
Reach world through world,
through door on door.
Find unexpected keys to things,
locked up beyond imaginings…
True books will venture,
Dare you out,
Whisper secrets,
Maybe shout,
Across the gloom,
to you in need
Who hanker for a book to read.”

– David McCord

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Holy wow! I found this quote yesterday and completely fell in love with it.  Continue reading