Among the better gifts I’ve received was a quote journal. My friend Marge Anderson, a poet by temperament and taste, presented me with this journal after having launched its first pages with pieces by Emily Dickinson, bits from The Hobbit, and excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”
The rest of the journal she left empty, awaiting my choices.
For several years, the quote journal lay fallow. Lately I’ve been inspired to relaunch it since subscribing to Words for the Weekend, a terrific blog that not only dispatches soul-stirring quotes each week but includes images by great artists such Vladimir Kush (one of my personal favorites). Also, playlists to go with the quotes.
So the quote journal and the iPod get stocked. What could be better?
This week, with Valentine’s Day, Words for the Weekend focused on Love. Plenty of great material, of course. But in light of losing a loved one, I particularly appreciated reading this:
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
~ E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
Being human, we tend to forget these important things, which is why books are so important. And why I recommend subscribing to Words for the Weekend. You’ll be surprised how often some just-right quote slips into your life, exactly when you need to hear it.
And maybe it’ll even inspire you to start a quote journal. If so, be sure to share what you find.
We need good words.