Favorite Quotes

A friend put this up today, on the other blog I do with a group of authors, Heroines of Fantasy

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.

Though the magic of the internet can’t tell me if this is actually an Apple construct or Jack Kerouac, whoever wrote it, I love it. I have many, many quotes on the walls of my house, in a notebook, tattooed somewhere on my person, but this is one of my all-time favorite quotes, by the amazing Ray Bradbury.

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

What about you?

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8 responses to “Favorite Quotes

  1. Glad you liked the quote 🙂 It almost sounds Steve Jobs like to me, but who knows? It’s one of my favs, but I love Ray Bradbury too – So many wise and wonderful people out there, that’s why I’m a quote whore and proud of it.

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  2. Terri-Lynne DeFino

    You’ve seen my house…and my tattoos. If you’re a quote whore, I am the quote whore of Bablyon and the Nile and all those other famous ladies of old!

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  3. Lovely, Terri. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

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  4. The Jack Kerouac quote blew me away. Truthful. Inspiring. Making me think, as I wander lost in an afternoon when I should be writing. Loved it!

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  5. Oopsies. Ray Bradbury quote. Ah well, then I adore his words 🙂

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  6. Yes, the Bradbury one is splendid.

    ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’
    ~ Maya Angelou

    I love this & I also like this from Kate Bush: ‘I think quotes are very dangerous things.’ Haha!

    My absolute favourite however is from the blessed Mrs Woolf:

    ‘So I have to create the whole thing afresh for myself each time. Probably all writers now are in the same boat. It is the penalty we pay for breaking with tradition, and the solitude makes the writing more exciting though the being read less so. One ought to sink to the bottom of the sea, probably, and live alone with ones words.’

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