Words of Wisdom
As writer I know what it is to get stuck – even more so in my real life.
As with my work-in-progress life sometimes flow along nicely, I know where events are heading and I just get on with it. But at other times I get discouraged, don’t know which decision is the right one or how to deal with a difficult situation.
And, at times like these, I have a stock of trusty quotes that although they don’t make the problem go away they do offer me good advice, or a wake-up call or simply some consolation.
Yes, some of them could be classed as clichés – but then clichés become so because they’re often apt and true.
So when I found myself a bit stuck as to what to write for this week’s blog post and was even considering skipping it for this week, I got a grip and had the bright idea of sharing my 10 favourite inspirational quotes. (Where possible I’ve credited the author of the quote, but where I haven’t please do let me know if you know who originally said it and I’ll amend the post).
Most are from literature and some are from greetings cards, and I even found one on a farmer’s field gate but, as a writer, took it metaphorically.
So here goes – My Top Ten Inspirational Quotes:
- We worry about tomorrow like it’s promised. (Pinterest)
- You only regret the things you don’t do. (Said to me by a friend when I was contemplating a life-changing decision)
- I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost in The Road Not Taken poem)
- Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. (Greetings card)
- Follow your dreams wherever they may lead. (Greetings card)
- Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in Begin it now. (Goethe)
- Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there. (Rumi)
- Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded. (Buddha)
- This too will pass. (Said to me by a friend during one of life’s challenging times)
- Beware of the Bull (On a field gate, meant literally of course. But which I choose to take as good life advice to beware of all the bulls**t/ nonsense out there).
And I leave you with one extra special quote. It was said to me by an angry and upset parent when I was a deputy head teacher in a primary school. We were having a difficult conversation about an incident involving her child. She was shouting and swearing and I was trying to be Mrs Calm and Professional. Then when she’d had quite enough of me trying to be reasonable she advanced towards me, pointing at me and she said, ‘Take a f*****g shake to yourself, lady!’
I recall these words of wisdom whenever I lose sight of what’s reasonable and possible. And my family tell me they will be on my headstone.
Do you have any go-to quotes that help you out when needed? Please do share them below.
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Wonderful selection, Anne!!
I’ve had this yellowing cutting on my own wall for years:
‘I like a trier and a stayer. If you persist you are going to win eventually.’
(It was in the Guardian – a William Hill spokesman on Beryl Bainbridge’s chances of winning the Booker!!)
Brilliant, June 🙂
Thanks! These are all good. I have a few of them as well. I especially like this one.
“We are faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” John W. Gardner
And this one “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Great quotes Anne. I heard a good one today, on Audible, Churchill by Roy Jenkins. Winston Churchill said, I’m not a pillar of the church, more a balustrade, I support it from the outside. I liked it.
Good one, George.
Oh yes, I like both of these. Hadn’t heard them before.