19 July, 2013

Quotable Friday (13)

I love reading quotations. Whether they’re funny, wise or poignant, I love those snapshots into the human mind; I love the beauty of language. There aren’t always easy ways to crowbar great passages from novels or thoughtful quotations into ordinary blog posts, so on Fridays I’m letting them speak for themselves.

I was planning on finding a suitable quotation for today, when I discovered that Buzzfeed had done my job for me. So instead of hanging out here, go and take a look at this collection of quotations about life, taken from famous children's books.

My favourite one from the list is from Peter Pan by JM Barrie:

"The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do so."
I love reading quotations. Whether they’re funny, wise or poignant, I love those snapshots into the human mind; I love the beauty of language. There aren’t always easy ways to crowbar great passages from novels or thoughtful quotations into ordinary blog posts, so on Fridays I’m letting them speak for themselves. - See more at: http://www.madebythepotter.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.SO4XIK1z.dpuf

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  1. “Come to the edge, he said.
    We are afraid, they said.
    Come to the edge, he said.
    They came to the edge,
    He pushed them and they flew.
    Come to the edge, Life said.
    They said: We are afraid.
    Come to the edge, Life said.
    They came. It pushed them...
    And they flew.”

    ― Guilliame Apollinaire French Poet

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    1. Of course, by way of balance, I did write parody it for a satirical mag I co-wrote with David French, called As Above So Below. It went:
      “Come to the edge, he said.
      We are afraid, they said.
      Come to the edge, he said.
      They came to the edge,
      He pushed them and they sank like stones.

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    2. Perhaps this is a more accurate representation of life? ;)

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    3. All I can see is why not visit my blog tomorrow (Tuesday) 23rd for tongue-in-cheek evidence, one way or the other.

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  2. I'm currently reading on my Kindle a freely available copy of Across the Plains by RL Stevenson, about an east-west train journey through America he made in the 1880s. I never knew he was such a wonderful travel writer! This is a passage I highlighted last night:

    "None can care for literature in itself who do not take a special pleasure in the sound of names"

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    1. I agree whole-heartedly. Reading maps is one of my greatest pleasures.

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