Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I was tagged in this lovely tag created by Celine and I’m so glad she tagged me, cause I love quotes. I’ve always loved them. I’ve collected them in my notebooks like a magpie’s nest of shinies for as long as I can remember. But I’ve rarely stopped to think about why I do this, or why these quotes mean so much to me. This tag made me do that and I realized that the quotes I collect are compasses to me, they tell me something about where I am and which direction I’m looking in.
1. Mention the creator of the tag (Celine @Celinelingg).
2. Mention the blogger who tagged you.
3. List down 5 of your favourite book quotes along with the reasons.
4. Spread the love and tag some people to participate and connect! (There’s no limit in number, so have some fun and just tag!).
1. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect. You can be good.”
-John Steinbeck, East of Eden
I don’t own a single notebook that doesn’t have these words scrawled somewhere in it’s pages. It’s half invocation, half affirmation. A reminder to myself that I was never my best self when I was trying to reach perfection.
2. “Never put your faith in a prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch”
-Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden.
I could do a whole post on Valente quotes I adore, but this one’s special to me – cause seeing it on Tumblr led me to her writing. These words are fantastical and charming, but they also carry deep real life meanings to me: Don’t wait for a boy to save you, build a girl gang and save each other. Make your own magic.
3. “Be ground. Be crumpled. So wild flowers will come up where you are. You have been stony for too many years. Try something different. Surrender”
I think we can learn all we need to know to live a wild and creative life from reading Rumi. This quote resonates most deeply with me right now, because I’m learning to be softer and it reminds me of the beauty and possibilities in that.
4. “I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.”
So do I. Reading this quote makes me feel so in love with life and all it’s mad possibilities.
5. “Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.”
-Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
This. This is why I filled notebook after notebook with tiny, messy handwriting as a teenager. This is why I still sit at the kitchen table at 3 am with with my laptop and an open heart. This is why I started writing and why I won’t stop.