Saturday, January 8, 2011

Inspirational Quotes - Food for Thought

A dear friend gave me a calendar of inspirational quotes for Christmas (Thank you, J.G.). I know what you're thinking, "Yuck, not another touchie-feely post."

I'm afraid so. This calendar is full of thoughts that each day make you wonder: does that describe my life?

Quotes like:

To believe yourself to be brave is to be brave; that is the only essential thing. -- Mark Twain

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -- Aristotle

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful or intelligent, but because they are themselves. -- Henri-Frederic Amiel

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. -- Oscar Wilde

And my favourite to date:

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't. -- Martin Van Buren

As Cheryl Richardson so elegantly put it, "This year I'm all about the good stuff!"

How about you? Care to share one of your favourites?

Latest snapshot of winter on Cluculz Lake...
who is doing the online screenwriter's course with Alex Sokoloff and thinking, Wow, this course is a huge stretch for this ole gal.

I love when that happens.


  1. First of all....oh, hey..screenwriting? What a stroke of luck, the very person to bring my book to film! LOL. Seriously, though, good for you! How interesting, and enjoy!

    I have so many favorite quotes, but the most memorable are so often Mark Twain.

    I loved this one: Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

    How true, how true!

  2. I like it. Good one, Carol. LOL. It's actually a course for authors on screenwriting. I'm thinking you'd want Alex to write you screenplay, not Joylene. LOL.

  3. Great quotes! Like that winter scene of the lake.

  4. Hi Joylene,
    Hey those are really neat inspirational quotes. Some of my favourites are, 'today is only yesterday's tomorrow', 'if your parents didn't have any children, neither will you', and who could forget this 'inspirational' classic,
    'when one door closes, another one slams in your face!'
    Nice latest snapshot of Cluculz Lake. Is it frozen enough to go on and play ice hockey eh?
    Have a good weekend, Joylene.
    With respect, Gary.

  5. Thanks, Susanne. Hope you're having a super weekend.

    Hi Gary. My son usually comes out with all his buddies and entertains us with a game, but not so far. I should share the last pics I took of him. Hmm. Good idea. Have a terrific weekend.

  6. Thanks for sharing those inspirational quotes, Joylene.

    My personal favorite is one by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    "What lies behind and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

    Have a productive week ahead.

  7. Thanks so much, Grandpa. I always worry that I'm posting something trivial, but honestly I love meaningful quotes. Your pick is great. It's one of my favourite things, to live in the moment.

  8. I just heard a memorable quote this morning on Meet the Press, from a politician...I won't say which party, because I'm sick of all that partisan stuff. I paraphrase.
    "True tolerance is not to have no differences, but to respect and understand the differences you have."

  9. Good one, Judy. Now if we could only get the world to agree. Here's another one: "No man is rich enough to buy back his past." Oscar Wilde.

  10. Love these quotes. Go ahead and get sappy anytime. :)
    Have a great week,

  11. You know what I like about the word sappy? it rhymes with happy. :) and sappy makes me happy. So there. Sap away.

    I like THIS one (thanks for introducing it to me!) --

    Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful or intelligent, but because they are themselves. -- Henri-Frederic Amiel

  12. My favorite, related to witing, is by Mark Twain & it's on the right hand side of my blog.

    The quote I use the most? Well, I'm impatient & don't tolerate lost time or mediocre production. Nothin' worse than guys standing around - so it's common to here me say, "Do somethin' - even if it's wrong." Often, I employ more colorful versions.

  13. HERE? I meant hear. What a dimwit. Yeah, I'm a writer. Sheesh.

  14. I actually bought a book of quotes from a second hand store before Christmas and this post has reminded me to dig it out and read it again,thanks Joylene.
    Your screenwriting course sounds very interesting,I'm sure you'll enjoy it and thanks for the latest lake picture.

  15. Hi Donna, glad you liked it. Me too. Have a wonderful week.

    Hi Dave. LOL. I knew you meant hear. English is hard, eh? LOL. Didn't we already have a blog on that? Happy week!

    Hi Paul. Looking forward to hearing what you think of your quote book. Yes, the screenwriting course for authors is fascinating. And a lot harder than I thought. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. You're taking Alex Sokoloff's course? Is it online?

  17. Hi J. Yes, I'm taking Alex's screenwriting for author's course online through a yahoo group. Good stuff.

  18. Those are some great quotations... not sappy at all. I used to have one of my favourites on my FB page, and I see DD Shari Green used it for the basis of her blog post recently: "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." [William Wordsworth] Every time I read a particularly good quote I wish I could have said it first... it makes me realize how inadequately I express myself.

    Good luck with the course. Alex seems like an excellent teacher.

  19. Hi Carol. Thanks again for mentioning my book in your blog today. That was a wonderful gift. As for quotes, I love the idea of this calendar because it introduces me to a new one every day. Today's is "It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and the other to listen."

    I love that one too.


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