Weekly Writing - Quotes on Writing

After last week’s post, I decided to stop angsting about not writing and to just go with the flow. To be honest, I struggle to think clearly knowing there’s still so much stuff that’s waiting to be sorted and put in the proper places.

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Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

But I don't want to neglect my blog. So, in a bid to get my brain closer to ‘writing’ mode, I dug out some quotes… about writing. And how true the first one is, by our good friend, ‘anonymous’.

‘Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet’ ~ Anonymous

‘Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write’ ~ William Cobbett

‘Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere’ ~ Anne Lamott

‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult that it is for other people’ ~ Thomas Mann

‘If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it’ ~ Elmore Leonard

(one of my idea notebooks)

(one of my idea notebooks)

‘Prowling about the rooms, sitting down, getting up, stirring the fire, looking out the window, teasing my hair, sitting down to write, writing nothing, writing something and tearing it up…” ~ Charles Dickens

‘It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all’ ~ Will Shetterly

‘Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming – in thinking, not writing’ ~ Joyce Carol Oates

‘Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand’ ~ George Orwell

This last one is my absolute favourite…

‘Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brows and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to’ ~ Alan Watts

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Fantastic Friday - Funny Quotes

It’s been awhile since I’ve compiled some quotes. As it’s Friday, and seeing as how summer seems to be hit and miss here in the UK (what a surprise!), let’s have a laugh…
All these seem to be by ‘anonymous’, but if you know who said them, please let me know.

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‘The best things in life either make you fat, drunk or pregnant.’

‘It turns out that being an adult is mostly just googling how to do stuff.’

‘Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions. Chocolate understands.’

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‘Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.’

‘I’ve got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I’m stressing about for absolutely no logical reason.’

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‘Sometimes I shock myself with the smart stuff I say and do. Other times I try to get out of the car with my seat belt on.’

‘You know you’re an adult when you get excited about a new sponge at the kitchen sink.’

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‘The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe. Eat cake.’

‘When you wake up at 6 in the morning, close your eyes for 5 minutes and it’s already 6:45. When you’re at work and it’s 2:30, you close your eyes for 5 minutes and it’s 2:31’

‘All my life I thought air was free, until I bought a bag of chips.’

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[All images from The Graphics Fairy]

Fantastic Friday - Summer Quotes

In celebration of the glorious weather we’ve been blessed with…

Summer sky

‘What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade’ ~ Gertrude Jekyll

‘A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken’ ~ James Dent

‘One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by’ ~ Jeannette Walls, ‘The Glass Castle

Apple blossom, back garden

‘In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them’ ~ Aldo Leopold

‘Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose’ ~ Unknown

Yellow roses, front garden

‘Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne’ ~ Barry Cornwall

‘What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness’ ~ John Steinbeck

Butterfly on flowers

‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain’ ~ John Keats

‘I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips’ ~ Violette Leduc, ‘Mad in Pursuit

‘It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside’ ~ Maud Hart Lovelace, ‘Betsy-Tacy and Tib’ (1941)

Bird of prey against blue sky

Fantastic Friday - 'Happy' Quotes

The past few days, I’ve noticed online articles about an equation for happiness. The man who’s responsible for it, who spent almost 10 years formulating the equation, is Mo Gawdat, an executive at Google.

Mo Gawdat - Youtube screenshot

He started thinking about it when he realised that, despite having a great job, good income and happy family, he was still unhappy. In an interview with ‘The Independent’, he talked about his theory. “I was born happy and the more I engaged in life the more unhappy I became. I was very unhappy, I was complaining about everything and I was constantly trying to control the world down to a tee. I bought cars, spent money and tried to fill the gap in my soul in any way and it was just not working.

He ended up testing his equation on himself in a most tragic way when his 21-year-old son, Ali, died in what should have been a routine operation. When it hit him that there was nothing he could do to bring his son back, he realised he had a choice – he could either choose to suffer or he could choose to accept life despite how harsh it had become and try to make each day slightly better than the previous one. And he shares his happiness equation and story in his book, ‘Solve For Happy’.

Instead of going into the details of all that Mo Gawdat has talked about, which can be found in countless interviews and videos on the internet, I thought I’d share ‘happy’ quotes.

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‘If you want to be happy, be’ ~ Leo Tolstoy

‘Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness of have gone stark raving mad’ ~ Norm Papernick

‘Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it’ ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

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‘The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet’ ~ James Openheim

‘Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important’ ~ Janet Lane

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‘You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life’ ~ Albert Camus

‘We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we do have’ ~ Frederick Koenig

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‘How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now’ ~ Gerald Jampolsky

‘The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1’ ~ Unknown

‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things’ ~ Robert Brault

Vintage photo - ladies in diner