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 “Are some people destined for a great fate, or to do great things? Or is it only that they’re born somehow with that great passion — and if they find themselves in the right circumstances, then things happen? It’s the sort of thing you wonder…” Diana Gabaldon, Voyager

I think this is a most interesting question. In my opinion, certain people find themselves in the right circumstances and they have the bravery, passion, faith, or foolhardiness to step into the eye of the storm. I do include ‘foolhardiness’ as an attribute, because sometimes only a fool would step into harm’s way!

What do you think – are certain people destined for greatness, or do circumstances call forth the best from men and women?

And for you fellow Diana Galbadon fans, here’s a link to her blog.

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 Edith Wharton American author, Edith Wharton, wrote The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. My favorite Wharton quote is: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

I like to think of the sun as the candle and the moon as the mirror – each spreads light, but how much more mysterious and magical is moonlight. Another way of looking at this quote is to think of the light as the written word – writers and readers alike can share the wonder of books with others.

 

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Leo Tolstoy Two masterpieces by Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, challenge all writers to write better: War and Peace and Anna Karenina. As for quotes, from the many, I chose: “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

Whether you interpret this quote to mean “stop and smell the roses” or something different, I think it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take notice of the people in your day-to-day life. Maybe it’s the ax murderer creeping up unnoticed or the butterflies pooling at your feet or the child next-door that doesn’t have enough to eat – in any of these cases, paying attention to what’s around you is essential.

 

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Thomas Hardy Quotes from English writer, Thomas Hardy, who’s known for Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Mayor of Casterbridge, are often rather grim. I like this less dark Hardy quote: “Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”
How true! No matter how well I think I’m prepared for change, I’m always caught off-guard and somehow ill-prepared when it happens. But the only thing that never changes, is that all things change.

(As to where I got this photo and many more I’ll be using this year – I purchased a collection of author postcards many years ago. I used them as bookmarks! It was fascinating to look at the face of the writer as I read his or her work).

 

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Harriet Beecher Stowe American writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who stirred up abolitionist feelings a decade before the Civil War with her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, offers insightful bits of wisdom. One of my favorites: “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

I often wonder how many books go unpublished, how many inventions rust away, and how many miracles never happen because people give up too soon. An optimist at heart, I always hope the next envelope (or email) I open will contain an acceptance letter rather than a rejection slip.

 

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Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote some of my favorite books: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even though he died in 1894, his work still resonates with readers. The Robert Louis Stevenson quote I’ll share first is often re-worked and painted on signs, embroidered on samplers, and printed on buttons: “That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.”

In my life, I try to live as well and kindly as possible, laugh (at no one’s expense) often, and love my family and friends. I also try to show love and kindness to all the creatures with whom I share the planet.

 

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Creator of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has dozens of marvelous quotes. I know I’ll pick another one to use in the future, but for now, I’ll share this often re-quoted tidbit from The Sign of Four: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

Star Trek fans and others will recognize this quote. And for writers who want to challenge their readers, this quote is something worth thinking about. As long as you give the clues, improbable out-comes often make for better stories.

 

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