Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On collecting quotes {and getting my appetite back}

my delicious lunch and a little light reading {thanks, Cassie!}

The boys were at school today, and I was at home on the couch. I took naps, read magazines and books, and really, truly rested. It was lovely, and just what I needed after a long and difficult Monday {I was on my own again when Alan went back to work, and I tried to do way too much}. I also tried to eat a bit.

Since the surgery, I've had a sore throat and a strange taste in my mouth, I think from the tube they must have put in me while I was under. Ugh. Anyway, my appetite is finally starting to come back, because I actually wanted to have lunch today {and what I did manage to eat tasted not too bad}. Whilst I was sipping soup and nibbling a veggie sandwich, I was collecting favourite quotes. Do you ever do that? Write down words that move you, words you want to live by? I've joined Gracie's postcard swap, and the assignment is to send a pretty postcard to your partner, and on it to write a quote that you love. Well... I happen to love a lot of quotes! Not sure how I'm going to choose just one. Here are a few I'm especially fond of:

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. ~Louisa May Alcott

Happy girls are the prettiest. ~Audrey Hepburn

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost. There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau

They're good, aren't they? I think they sort of sum me up. Do you have any favourite quotes you'd like to share? I've got a journal to fill up, and postcards to get sent, and I'd love your input. I could really use some inspiration these days, too. All this sickness and being an invalid is starting to get discouraging!


  1. Oh that lunch looks delicious! Sorry to hear that you're still recovering, but on the bright side, it does mean you snag some blessed time to yourself! :)

    I'm with you on quotes, and I adore the Audrey quote you listed...I've never seen it previously! I simply could ever select an absolute favorite, although most of my most admired quotes are along the lines of yours: sunny and simple. If I were forced to share my favorite it would be this:

    Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I believe that sums me up quite well. :)

    Sending best wishes on your recovery!

  2. You put my favorite quote there! Happy girls are the prettiest, I agree. Thank you for thwe congrats. I am out of my mind right now, everything's changing :)
    I'm glad you're feeling better. I'd give you some of my cookies if I could :D


  3. Yes your throat will be sore from the tube - try ice cream. I had an op in January and take it from me you need to take things easy! Getting your appetite back is a good sign.

  4. Those are really great quotes, Erin. I haven't collected any new ones this week -- actually, right now I'm working on writing some of my own. Hope you're feeling better today!

  5. I posted a quote today on my blog that I saw on a watering can in the book store yesterday...

    One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
    ~W.E. Johns~

    There are a few Dr. Seuss quotes that come to mind...

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
    ~Dr. Seuss~

    Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
    ~Dr. Seuss~


    Hope you feel better soon!

  6. Here's another about Dr. Seuss, Erin:

    “Ten years ago, Dr. Seuss took 220 words, rhymed them, and turned out THE CAT IN THE HAT, a little volume of absurdity that worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot.” – Ellen Goodman, The Detroit Free Press, Nov. 1966

  7. These are a few of my favourites by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, British writer (author of the Father Brown detective series, etc.) and follower of Christ:

    ~ A room without books is like a body without a soul.

    ~ If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.

    ~ Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

    ~ Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

    ~ When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

    And this last one's just for you, EP:

    ~ Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. (GKC)

  8. I forget who wrote this (a response to the quote “A picture paints 1000 words”):

    “In a thousand words I can have the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that?”

  9. Last one for today (let me know if you want more, Erin; I collect quotes, too, but don't wish to hijack your comments page).

    Quote by Jane Austen:

    “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.” – Austen, Sense and Sensibility

  10. I love these quotes so far! Please do keep them coming!

  11. I collect quotes too all of the time! I actually have a full journal full of quotes, and I am working on another one! It's kind of thearputic! The ones you chose are just lovely! and keep collecting!


  12. that snack/dinner looks delish!!!!

    those quotes are very you! my favorites tend to be bittersweet... like this one i fell in love with just today:

    "i can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me." -Pablo Neruda

    but one that i love also from audrey hepburn that reminds me of you: "I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."

    i'm so excited for gracie's swap too!!! :) now which postcard to send....


  13. sending "get better" vibes your way. Lots of rest and relaxation.
    Love the quotes... my favourite

    In beauty I walk.
    With beauty before me, I walk.
    With beauty behind me, I walk.
    With beauty below me, I walk.
    With beauty above me, I walk.
    With beauty all around me, I walk.

    Navajo Prayer

  14. I will make sure I send you a good quote :) I can't think of any at this moment but yes I will have a good one for you.

    I hope your recovery is going better. Hopefully you have plenty of things to read and are being waited on :)

  15. "The number of languages you speak is the number of times you're human." {Slovak Proverb}


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