Thursday, April 14, 2011

Favorite Quote (Day 5)

First off, I love, love, looooove quotes. Seriously. My boss and I constantly pitch 'em back and forth over email, and I even post one a week on our dry-erase board in the breakroom. Does anyone actually read it? Yes, as a matter of fact. Do they process, let the words and meaning soak in, find where it fits inside for them personally? Gosh, I sure hope so.

Because that's what a memorable quote does for me. It becomes a part of who I am, and I'll go back, think of it from time to time whenever life's moments call for those precious words of wisdom.

Mine has always been, since I was a small girl...

"The Quest for Excellence is a Lifelong Process."

I first saw this quote on a Scholastic poster I ordered from one of those little two-pager forms the teacher gave us, like, once a week in class. Remember those? Do they still even do that? Not sure. Anyways. This poster featured a piano's keys set at an angle, a single long-stem red rose laying across, and a silver flute laying on top of the rose. The quote was written in script over the bottom, kind of like the inspirational posters we see in modern offices. Perseverance, motivation... you get the idea.

Now, why do I love this quote so much? It's simple, right? Sure, I could've picked something by Marcus Aurelius (one of my very favorites) or the timelessly clever Mark Twain (my boss's favorite), but this quote has always seemed to fit my life, no matter what stage. Adolescence, adulthood... I've always been a goal-setter. Whether it was academically, in band (a proud flutist alumni, thank you very much), in my various work experiences, college curriculum, or (especially) in my writing endeavors, I've discovered that laying out your groundwork, thinking upon ways in which you can improve said groundwork, and then doing it and doing it well makes for many gratifying successes.

Sure, you'll fail. But failure's an essential part of success.  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, said, "...failure means a stripping away of the inessential." She then went on to say, "And when you fail, get up, dust yourself off, and get right back on. It's the only way you can--and you will--succeed."

So, what's your favorite quote? Come on, now. Our office dry-erase board is just dying for something besides Twain! *smile*

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,



BREA said...

Smile and the whole world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone...

My Grandmother used to tell me that over and over growing up and even as an adult! I am not sure who came up with the real saying but it doesn't matter to me. Grandma is right - I can always hear her voice in the back of my head when I am having a bad day or moment and it always makes me smile and stay strong!

Also I have always loved:

"I wear my heart on my sleeve." Princess Di

Growing up and always wearing my heart on my sleeve it was a real comfort to know my idol was the same way. It made me feel like it was ok and not something to be ashamed of!

Lynda R Young said...

I love your quote because it's so true.

I love a particular quote from Dr Horrible (it's not profound but it is amusing)-- "Everyone's a hero in their own way, in their own not that heroic way"

Andrew Leon said...

Yes, they still send home those Scholastic book order forms. At least, at my kids' school they do.

My favorite quotes are from a certain movie series. Here's an example:
"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."

Shannon Lawrence said...

Funny you blogged about quotes, because I just went and found the notebooks I keep quotes in a couple days ago, having forgotten about them lately. Like you, I enjoy a good quote.

One of my favorite quotes is from Anne Frank: "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."

Alyssia said...

Lynda, some of the best are not exactly profound, and that's definitely a good one! I came across this one a couple weeks back & laughed, because it's so true! "A husband can be one of two things: right or happy."

Andrew! With my eyes closed, I'd know Yoda. Great quote! My favorite of his is, "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. Anger leads to suffering." How often can we apply that to our own lives?

Ah, and Shannon. My mother would adore you! Her two favorite books are The Diary of Anne Frank and A Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, both Holocaust survivors. Each has an exceptional amount of memorable quotes. One from the latter is, "What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment."

Alyssia said...

Oh, and to my precious Bonnie Rae... How can any quote by our Angel Princess go unnoticed? Such a beautiful thought. Thanks!

Lela said...

So many words strike me as moving, it's hard to find just one, therefore, I will share two! teehee

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
~Lao Tzu

AND, from my son, something he said in 2nd grade (I couldn't ask for a more wonderful kid!)

"The more of my thoughts I put down on paper, the shorter my pencil gets!"
~Trenton Robichaux

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