Saving the trouble of thinking for oneself
Today I give you three quotes. I’m supposed to give you one each day for three days but I am far to discursive to stay on task for three whole consecutive days so I have invented my own rules for this lovely challenge set me by three lovely people:
Life With Molly – written by a young woman to her future children with quite extraordinary maturity and insight
White House Red Door – A true teacher who shows us how to nurture with her beautiful achievable food matched by her lovely words
Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet – Can do Cam suggested me months ago so I hang my head in shame whilst urging you to take a look at his blog
These are my quotes. Randomly trawled from the murky depths of my cobwebby mind, they’ve all kept me company for decades which might imply they are the right ones to share.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart”
‘The Little Prince’ Antoine de Saint Exupery
“Of all the words of mice and men the saddest are it might have been“
‘Cats Cradle’ Kurt Vonnegurt
(I should note that Vonnegurt was paraphrasing a much earlier poem by Maud Muller which I read much later hence, perhaps, my loyalty to his tenor.)
“Take bread away from me, if you wish take air away, but do not take away from me your laughter”
‘Your Laughter’ Pablo Neruda
All of these quotes stand beautifully on their own and are bookmarks in my mind for the most important things in my life – my heart; laughter of those I love and of strangers; and to sieze the moment, to make it happen and if whatever it is doesn’t transpire to move on with no regret. I rather hope that they might pique your interest sufficiently to want to explore three consummate writers and their work.
And there is a bonus – the title is A A Milne who said “A quotation is a handy thing to have lying about, saving oneself the trouble of thinking for oneself – always a laborious business” in his essay ‘The Record Lie’ which I also highly recommend … it’s not ‘Winnie the Pooh’ though those that know me know that I have a particularly high regard for the Bear.
I now have the pleasant task of suggesting the following to take on this challenge. As ever it’s a feel free to pass sort of challenge but I do love these bloggers and I do think they would do the challenge great justice. Take a look at them and those that suggested me, they are all praiseworthy.
Poshbirdy in Quillan – Feisty and funny writing of the feast and famine of renovating a house in France
Not the Average Mama – certainly not average this is a wonderful blog written by a remarkable stepmother
Write on the Beach – a brilliant writer whose stories of England and France are truly compelling