quotes for the journey

“The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
– Steven Pressfield, The War of Art


“Love is the quality of attention we pay to things,” poet J.D. McClatchy wrote in his beautiful meditation[…]And what we choose to attend to — our fear or our faith, our woundedness or our devotion to healing — determines the quality of our love. How we navigate our oscillation between these inescapable polarities is governed by the degree of courage, openness, and vulnerability with which we are willing to show up for and to our own hearts. —brainpickings, Kahlil Gibran on the Courage to Weather the Uncertainties of Love

“…Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand…” — Margery Williams as the Skin Horse, The Velveteen Rabbit

“When we elevate our beliefs as higher than another’s, it creates a wall. It divides us. Sometimes the wall is so tall, we can’t even see our neighbor.”
-Sandy Nance, “being human: live in respect (and make the world a better place“)

“Creatures, I give you yourselves,” said the strong, happy voice of Aslan.
-C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew

“Writing is like design: design is like writing. Although it is useful to try to teach one based upon the properties and needs of the other, either attempt is apt to fail because people tend to be bad at both. To be successful at either task it is important to be able to take the other person’s point of view, to understand their background and interests, and to make the work fit the powers and limitations of human cognition. A good designer and a good writer have to share certain characteristics, among the most important being ’empathy.'”
-Don Norman

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
– Albert Einstein

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”
– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, discovered in R.J. Palacio’s Wonder

“It’s much easier to be on the verge of something than to actually be it.”
– Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, page 87.

“The crazy thing about starting to write is you realize how much you suck at writing.”
– me

“All that we have accomplished, you have done for us.”
– Isaiah 26

“Believing takes practice.”
-Madeleine L’Engle

“. . . We must not be afraid to take time.”
– Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

“The hardship of the exercises is intended less to strengthen the back than to toughen the mind. The Spartans say that any army may win while it still has its legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone.”
– Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire

“Nothing fires the warrior’s heart more with courage than to find himself and his comrades at the point of annihilation, at the brink of being routed and overrun, and then to dredge not merely from one’s own bowels or guts but from one’s own discipline and training the presence of mind not to panic, not to yield to the possession of despair, but instead to complete those homely acts of order which Dienekes had ever declared the supreme accomplishment of the warrior: to perform the commonplace under far-from-commonplace conditions.

Not only to achieve this for oneself alone, as Achilles or the solo champions of yore, but to do it as part of a unit, to feel about oneself one’s brothers-in-arms, in an instance like this of chaos and disorder, comrades whom one doesn’t even know, with whom one has never trained; to feel them filling the spaces alongside him, from spear side and shield side, fore and rear, to behold one’s comrades likewise rallying, not in a frenzy of mad possession-driven abandon, but with order and self-composure, each man knowing his role and rising to it, drawing strength from him as he draws it from them; the warrior in these moments finds himself lifted as if by the hand of a god. He cannot tell where his being leaves off and that of the comrade beside him begins.
In that moment the phalanx forms a unity so dense and all-divining that it performs not merely at the level of a machine or engine of war but, surpassing that, to the state of a single organism, a beast of one blood and heart.”
Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, pgs 259-60.

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”
– Anne Shirley in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

“Ruby Gillis thinks of nothing but young men, and the older she gets the worse it is. Young men are all very well in their place, but it doesn’t do to drag them into everything does it?”
– Anne Shirley in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”
– E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web

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