Saturday, February 15, 2014

Words, Words, Words

Photo by robenmarie
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 Hobbitt," and excerpts from T.S. Eliot's "Wasteland." 

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

photo by cohdra
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.


  1. Sibella,

    Thank you for letting me know about this blog--I've subscribed to it. Also, I started a "quotes journal" years ago, and now I'm going to dig it out & start adding to it. :-)


    1. Have fun with your quotes journal, Lora. Maybe some will come to you in manuscripts you edit...

  2. The great hope I received in grieving over the dying unbeliever was in an article by Steve Jobs' sister after he died. She said that as he was dying he said "Wow" I wish I could remember where I read it on the web, but can't.
    Great Blog, looking forward to reading you fiction. This is my first time here and will be back.
    Marilynn from the mountains of southern California

  3. Marilyn, thanks for reminding me about Steve Job's dying words. I think his sister said he seemed to be looking at something in the corner of the room as he said, "Wow." Very cool. Looking forward to seeing you here, enjoy your mountains. -- Sibella