The Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2 – Thomas Aquinas
The things that we love tell us what we are.
So true, I’ve always had a deep fondness for the sea, and sandy beaches. So if Thomas Aquinas is right I must be a mermaid! Being near the sea, makes me feel alive, and very happy. One day I hope to move to a pretty bay somewhere, read, write and blog! It’s a recurring dream of mine, hope it comes true!
What about you? Do you love the sea too? Or are the mountains your favourite place to be? My husband loves the snow capped mountains, and the sea too, so we’re at least half compatible on that!
One Word Challenge from Rebirth of Lisa – Choose just one word, instead of making empty resolutions, to meditate upon and be driven towards for the entire year. Use this word as inspiration throughout the year to make yourself and the world better. You set the rules.
Choose your word and join the challenge. We will make monthly updates to share how each of us is making a difference in the world with our word. I will post a monthly prompt on the first Thursday of each month. Be sure to ping back to the monthly post…. I look forward to reading your words and seeing your updates!
The One Word Challenge idea originated from Vera Jones, Lisa’s friend on FB. Here’s the links to find out more.
My word choice is Hope, because I’m hoping for a lot of special things this year, so fingers crossed.
Hope is the spark of life. Share your flame.
Quotes with the theme of hope:
While there’s life there’s hope. Marcus Cicero.
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
– The central theme of the prison drama Shawshank Redemption. Frank Darabont directed ‘The Shawshank Redemption. ’ In this excellent film hope prevails.
The winds of hope carry us soaring high above the driving winds of life. Ana Jacob.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. Hebrews 6:19
Don’t lose hope when the sun goes down the stars come out.
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson.
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers. Robert Green Ingersoll.
Learn from yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for tomorrow. Albert Einstein.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Tom Bodett
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Tennyson
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Barbara Kingsolver
We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses.
Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle.
Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.
“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Stephen King.
Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Yesterday is but a dream,
Tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” Kalidasa, The complete works of Kalidasa.
What are you hoping for? Do tell!
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A key. Just a simple word yet it holds a multitude of possibilities in its grasp, a twist of the wrist enables us to discover a multitude of hidden, secret, mysterious, places.
A key to someone’s heart? Or a chest of hidden secrets, or a forbidden journey? The Idea of Order at Key West Have you read The Idea of Order at Key West? A poem by Wallace Stevens. It begins like this:
She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.
I discovered it quite by chance today while I was searching for inspiring images about the word key. In “The Idea of Order at Key West,” Stevens explores several interesting themes: art, creativity, imagination and reality. In the poem the speaker and his friend listen to a woman singing on a beach in Key West. It’s a beautiful poem isn’t it? Here’s the link to read this stunning poem in its entirety, The Idea of Order At Key West by Wallace Stevens: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172206The Key West Literary Seminar
Then the word key helped me to discover The Key West Literary Seminar, celebrating writers and writing. This literary event is held each January, attracting an international audience to hear such writers as Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, and Joyce Carol Oates. Find out more at: http://www.kwls.org/
The title for the 2015 seminar, “How The Light Gets In,” is inspired by Leonard Cohen’s 1992 song, “Anthem”—“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Where will the Mysteries of Lock and Key take me to next?
Ernest Hemingway’s Home
Then my lucky key helped me find out about Nobel prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway’s former home in Key West. It is a National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recorded at the Library of Congress as a Historic American Building It is now open to the public as a museum, populated by as many as 60 descendants of his famous polydacty cats.
SIX TOED CAT!
This fellow looks up to
I’ve had too much wine.
I’M IN DANGER OF FALLING OFF THE TABLE!
An illustrated Biography of Hemingway’s cats written by Carlene Fredericka Brennan with a Foreward by Hilary Hemingway.
The piano keys are the players rendition of the meanderings of his twisting and turning soul.
Yes, the imagination is meandering way off course now and going wild !
Quotes about keys On the theme of keys here’s a quote from Anthony Liccione: “Don’t try to be the missing key in my life, and I won’t be the unmatched lock, that doesn’t let you in.” Anthony Liccione is a Goodreads author. Here’s a link to his very successful Facebook page on Quotes: https://www.facebook.com/Quotes2Quote?ref=hl
Finally I discovered: Sarah Dessen Lock And Key
A quote from Lock and Key: “It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered–so many locks not enough keys.” Goodreads synopsis of Lock and Key : Ruby, where is your mother?Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again. I reckon this sounds like a book that I must read sometime, sounds interesting ……………….. A key …………. Yes, there is something very mysterious in this tiny word, isn’t there? Trust me it’s true!
Absolutely agree with Stephen King’s quote. Books have this amazing quality about them, they transport us into another world, a world in which anything is possible. Well with this in mind, let me tell you about a bit of fun I had yesterday, I posted the first few lines of my novel in this website: http://iwl.me/ I write Like. My writing was analysed. I have to say I was astonished when the website matched me to Stephen King. One, I don’t write horror! There are scary bits in my book, and parts of it have frightened me. Though I am easily scared by my own writing. I have too vivid an imagination not to be! This is a bit of a hazard. Two, Stephen King is a legend, and I’m just well a bit of a work in progress, yes a WIP.
Anyway, I now have the I write like Stephen King badge, why not! Nice to collect a few honours!
“Friends. They aren’t any such thing as good friend or bad friend. Maybe there are just friend. People who stand by you when you’re hurt and who helped you feel not so lonely. Maybe they are worth“Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends – maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”― Stephen King, It
(I have a mega, enormous fascination with time, and so does Stephen King):
“Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”
“Time’s the thief of memory.”
– The Gunslinger.
(And I can identify with this Stephen King quote so much):
“Calling it a simple schoolgirl crush was like saying a Rolls-Royce was a vehicle with four wheels, something like a hay-wagon. She did not giggle wildly and blush when she saw him, nor did she chalk his name on trees or write it on the walls of the Kissing Bridge. She simply lived with his face in her heart all the time, a kind of sweet, hurtful ache. She would have died for him..”― Stephen King, It
“You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.”
― Stephen King, Night Shift
“If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I’ll be all right as long as there’s a lending library.”― Stephen King
“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”― Stephen King
“Reading a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair”― Stephen King
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want for nothing. He makes me lie down in the green pastures. He greases up my head with oil. He gives me kung-fu in the face of my enemies. Amen”― Stephen King, The Stand