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Day 3: Quote 3

Well, I decided for my last quote for the quote challenge Bumbles Books tagged me in.

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I read The Lord of the Rings back in elementary school and absolutely loved them. I was largely inspired by the movies coming out, of course, but the books are all good in their own right. I always have loved this quote, even if it’s one of the more popular ones.


I love this quote so much, just in showing us that even when things are hard we have one thing we can control, and that is how we behave in those circumstances. It’s easy to just sit back and mope when things are difficult. It’s easy to give up. But when things are out of your control, all you can control is how you react.

Anyhow, for my final choice of person to tag I choose Rollan Wengert at Tone-deaf Troglodyte Tries Mozart. He’s been a great friend on Twitter and writes fascinating material about Mozart and music. So though I’m not sure he’ll want to do a quote challenge, I thought I’d put this up as a chance to highlight his blog, which is one I really enjoy. Again, the rules are to post one quote a day for three days and then to tag one person each day. Since this is the last day I definitely wanted to say anyone who wishes to do this challenge is welcome to and if you let me know I’d be happy to make a reference to you on my blog.

What quotes do you love? Any LOTR lovers out there? What moments have you had to decide what to do with the time you’re given?


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Day 2: Quote 2

So for my second day of quotes I chose from one of my favorite books of all time Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte that I’ve read at least three or four times (or at least it feels that way…perhaps I haven’t).

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Not quite the same profound quality as De Profundis, but it is one of my favorite books, and I have always related to Jane in feeling quite passed over at times. I’ve felt like her in terms of having to make choices where I’ve either had to choose to be nice to someone else or not allow myself to be treated like a doormat. And this year in particular I’ve tried to be better at respecting myself. I’ve tried to remember that I matter too. And in this moment where Jane wonders if she should simply give in because no one cares about her, she realizes how important it is to care about yourself.


So I suppose all that’s left to say is this is important. You must care for yourself. Even if no one else does. Even if other people around you constantly treat you like you don’t matter. You need to know you matter. Self-worth is just so incredibly important. And if a character like Jane who was abandoned by her only family, and abused in school, and made fun of by wealthy ladies can have some sense of self-respect, then so can you.

I’m not saying to be a jerk. I’m saying, like Jane, recognize moments when people are treating you wrong and don’t let them. Recognize when you need to walk away from relationships. Recognize when you deserve an apology and shouldn’t compromise on getting one. Let yourself be bold and brave and unwilling to back down sometimes. There are moments for forgiveness and passive behavior. And there are moments you need to stand up and say no.

For today I tag Natalie at Fluent Historian. She’s a wonderful blogger who writes on history and writing. She makes beautiful observations about the world! Anyhow, the rules are that you post three quotes in three days, tagging one person each day. Obviously, anyone I tag is under no obligation to actually do the challenge, and anyone I don’t tag is free to do it if they wish!

So, short post, but I wanted to put this up. Honestly, I wish I read more books with beautiful, meaningful quotes. But this one is just one of my favorites regardless.

Any favorite quotes to share with me for non-tagged readers? Any thoughts on self-respect? Any thoughts on being bold and balancing that with being kind? Any fellow Jane Eyre lovers want to speak about what you love in this book?


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Day 1: Quote 1

So I was tagged by ehbates at Bumbles Books to participate in a 3 days, 3 quotes challenge. Basically I guess I have to just post a quote, write about it, and tag one person each day. So here goes nothing!

For my first quote I thought I’d start with a book that had me actually writing in the margins because of how many beautiful parts inspired me to want to mark favorite sections. I hate defacing books, but with this one I simply had to, and I’ll explain why. The quote is:

“The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?”

Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

I read De Profundis by Oscar Wilde this last year while struggling with a number of different troubles. Though I wasn’t sitting in a jail like Wilde, I was on a tough path of trying to determine what I wanted to do with my actual life, and who I wanted to be, and was struggling with friendships and life and religion and so much more. The book spoke to me on such a great level in so many ways.


Though I have never had a true romantic relationship like Wilde, I sympathized with him in his struggles with Bosie in knowing what it’s like to have people claim to care for me and then act completely differently. Though I have never sat in a jail cell to contemplate what life is like, I have wondered on matters of God and the divine in my own life. Though I have never been published, I have wondered at the idea of vocation in terms of my art. I have questioned what matters most in terms of what I do.

But I loved this quote. I loved the way it encompassed how I wonder about my own self. I think it is true, that even to myself I’m a mystery. Something to be explored.

I know it’s sort of cheating, but I did want to include one more section of quotes from this book that spoke to me as I prepared to go into the world and find a career, and I hope any fellow students preparing to do so should read this as well.

“The more mechanical people, to whom life is a shrewd speculation dependent on careful calculation of ways and means, always know where they are going, and go there. They start with the desire of being the Parish Beadle, and in whatever sphere they are placed, they succeed in being the Parish Beadle and no more. A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a Member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it.”
-Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

I thought this was a great reminder that we are not what we do. We are more than a job. We are more than a vocation. And to make ourselves only that is indeed to wear a mask. Don’t tack down your own identity as your career. That can change. And we are so much more.  Recognize the unknowable element of identity, and let go.

For today I start by tagging a mutual follower calensariel at Impromptu Promptlings. She has been a loyal follower and great commenter, and she runs a fantastic blog on writing and poetry and all kinds of other interesting topics. The challenge is to post one quote a day for three days, and to tag one blogger each day to participate.

If anyone is inspired by this of course feel free to participate even if I don’t tag you. I don’t have enough quotes to tag all of my amazing readers of course!

What have been moments you’ve struggled with in your own life? Have there been times you’ve recognized that self and identity are difficult to determine? What are some quotes you really like? What was the last book you read that inspired you?


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Liebster Time Again!

So I was nominated for another Liebster award by narrativespark36 at the blog Narrative Spark.

I have already been nominated before and nominated ten other people (and actually I think a second person nominated me too but if I remember the post was accidentally deleted). Anyhow, as a result I usually just use this as a chance to thank the nominator and to answer the questions so my readers can learn a little bit more about me. I know, I’m lazy, sorry! (I also moved my Liebster sticker up on my blog so it’s easier to see).

And here are your ten questions to answer:

1. What social issue do you care about the most?

Wow, starting with the tough questions. I don’t even know where to start. I’m a feminist so I would say that women’s issues probably are one of my big priorities. But I also am just for trying to help with other social justice issues: helping to abolish slavery in other parts of the world, providing clean water to communities in poverty, continuing to allow everyone to have an education…etc. The most? Honestly I don’t think I could ever put one at the top of a list. It would just feel wrong.

2. What is a quote that has helped you through a tough time in your life?

I hesitate to include references to my religion on my blog, just because I don’t want people to feel discouraged in sharing their own thoughts and experiences with me. I want this blog to be an open place, hence why I always try to include discussion questions on posts. And sad to say I know some people hear the word Christian and go running. But honestly, the only quotes I can think of that have ever made me feel even slightly comforted are from the Bible. So I have to say: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

3. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

My family has never had cable so I watched PBS. Wishbone was definitely one of the top.

4. What movie have you seen a thousand times but keep watching again?

Honestly, I don’t know that there’s anything I could watch that many times and not become sick of it. I’d say Up is probably the best I can think of right now. I adore that movie.

5. If you could be any food, what would you be and why?

Something people don’t really like to eat…like broccoli. So I wouldn’t get eaten.

6. What advice would you give a six-year-old?

Enjoy life while you can. Play hard, work hard, enjoy every moment and don’t spend all of your time looking either ahead or behind.

7. What is your favorite book from your childhood?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis was my number one book for a long time.

8. Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

I’ve always thought Eleanor of Aquitaine was pretty impressive for her day. A bit manipulative and treacherous and all of those things too, but she is still someone I’ve always found fascinating in history.

9. What is the best advice you have received?

The best I can think of right now was just the people who told me to go with my gut on where to go to college. They were right. Pretty specific, but I can’t think of anything more general at the moment.

10. What inspired you to start your blog?

This began as a school assignment. I had to create a blog and write two posts a week. After the class ended, I kept going because I enjoyed it so much.

Thank you so much for the nomination! If any readers wants to answer these questions in my comments, please do so! It would be a great chance to get to know you better too. These were certainly some tough ones, that’s for sure.


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