“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
I’m not typically into motivational posters and photos of cats saying “hang in there!”, but I do have two quotations that spoke to me as soon as I heard them.
The first is from a poet called Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī), which is:
“Raise your words, not your voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
I find this quote is so evocative and uplifting. Coming from a household which admittedly shouts its way through conflict, Rumi’s words filled me with a sense of peace when I heard them; that it was better to convince than to verbally batter. In order to break the cycle of my very loud family, it is a quote I try to live by (although not always successfully).
The second is a quotation from Virgil that, if I were to have anything scrawled on the walls of my study, it would be this:
“Come what may, all bad fortune is to
be conquered by endurance.”
The last couple of years have been up and down. There’s been illness, death, work difficulties, personal difficulties… but nothing more than anyone else in the world has experienced too. This is the quote that gets me up in the morning, that convinces me to have another crack at my novel-in-progress, that no matter what’s happening in my life, there is something I’m aiming for and will achieve.
It is also my go-to ‘Hufflepuff’ quote, because I feel it embodies the ‘hardworking’ and ‘patience’ aspects of that particular Hogwarts house (of which I am a member – Go Hufflepuff!).
What are your favourite quotes?