Quotable Quotes   3 comments

I love quotes and include them in my novels a lot. They often inspire titles for me. So here are a few of my main favorite quotes. Many of them have appeared on my walls over the years, to remind me of what God wants me to think about. Because I am not just one person or a one-dimensional person, I have quotes on a lot of subjects. I actually had to narrow it down to the few you see here.

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“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical…. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government” Thomas Jefferson wrote this to James Madison discussing Shay’s Rebellion


“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams said this while defending British soldiers who fired into a Boston crowd (called the Boston Massacre)
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Ernest Hemingway, talking about writing


“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher.” Thomas Paine in Common Sense


“When men yield up the exclusive privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.” Thomas Paine, also from Common Sense


“Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.”
Allegra Goodman


“Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles. He can only discover them; and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.” Thomas Pain from The Study of God


“We are punctual, a stressed, marked characteristic. We need order around us, in the house, in the life, although we live by irresistible impulses, as if the order in the closets, in our papers, in our books, in our photographs, in our souvenirs, in our clothes could preserve us from chaos in our feelings, loves, in our work. Indifference to food, sobriety; but this, we admit, is the part of the war against a threatening fragility.”Anais Nin

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” Leslie Gordon Barnard on writing

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” Ernest Hemingway on writing

“Gold is tried in fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.” Seneca

“Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.” Robert Leighton

“For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” Paul the Apostle 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
—Ray Bradbury

“God is more concerned about our character than our comfort. His goal is not to pamper us physically but to perfect us spiritually.” This is an anonymous quote used by Charles Stanley, but he claims he heard it from an unknown source.

“There is no substitute for character. You can buy brains but you cannot buy character.” Robert A. Cook

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.” George Singleton on writing

“The course of human history consists of a series of encounters between individual human beings and God in which each man and woman or child, in turn, is challenged by God to make his free choice between doing God’s will and refusing to do it.” Arnold J. Toynbee

“Choices are the hinge of destiny” Edwin Markham (yes, he was my grandmother’s cousin)

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemingway on writing

“True Christianity is ‘essentially dogmatic…Jesus Christ was not ‘broad-minded’ in the popular sense of the word; He was not prepared to accept as valid all views on every subject. Jesus Christ was not afraid to dissent from official doctrines He knew to be wrong [or not politically correct] and to expose error.” John R. Stott

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

“Courage is fear that has run to God in prayer.” Anonymous

“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather, it is the difference between right and almost right.” Charles Spurgeon

“The poor quality of Christian that grows out of our modern evangelistic meeting may be accounted for by the absence of real repentance accompanying the initial spiritual experience of the converts. And the absence of repentance is the result of an inadequate view of sin and sinfulness held by those who present themselves in the inquiry room. ”    A. W. Tozer

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” Robert Zastrow, agnostic astrophysicist, speaking about the Big Bang Theory (not the television program, the scientific theory).


Posted August 15, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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  1. I like this one: When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemingway on writing


    • Yeah. I already had that going on in my head before I ran across Hemingway’s quote, but it kind of validated that other writers have “living people” running around in their heads too. Hemingway was a little crazy, but Bradbury said something similar and he was the soul of stability, so … 🙂


  2. A fantastic list! I am such a history nerd and was way too excited to see Adams there.


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