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A short post this week. I loved this quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, which I found over at Tiffany Trent's blog:

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.

Since I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the other night, I got to thinking of one of my favorite quotes from the book by J.K. Rowling , attributed to Albus Dumbledore (which is from the latter portion of the book and therefore not in the current movie). I think it's a lovely thought for everyone, but especially for those of us who write fiction:

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

Finally, a quote from Howard Thurman, which I am nearly certain I saw in a blog, but I don't recall whose:

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive


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dotificus
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
And there's an inspiring quote right back atcha!

hee.

Nice choices, Kelly -- I esp. like the last one. Something I'm actively trying to do each day.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
One good Eddie Izzard quote deserves another.

And I'm trying for that being alive thing, too, Dot.
marthacalderaro.wordpress.com
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
"Because what the world needs is people who have come alive"

Hear, hear!

Love the Rilke quote too.

Happy Thanksgiving!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I loved those quotes. Of course, one would hope so - it makes little sense for me to share quotes I don't like. But still.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Martha!!
elisabethx
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I *really* like Rainer Maria Rilke. Have you read Letters to a Young Poet? He offers so much for a writer to learn!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I've only read some of Letters to a Young Poet, but I loved the parts I read. Must remember to find a good translation (preferably one with the original text as well - I like having the original around, not that my German is especially great, but I can translate it fairly well given time and a dictionary).
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite quotes from the books is from Hagrid. After Harry admits he doesn't know the difference between stalagmites and stalatites, Hagrid says: Stalagtites has a 'T' in it' :)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I like that line as well. I did learn a way to tell the difference when I was in the Cave of the Winds in Colorado: A stalagtite stays TIGHT to the ceiling, but you MIGHT step on a stalagmite.
jongibbs
Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
When I was at school, they taught us to remember that 'tites come down'
kellyrfineman
Nov. 23rd, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
NAUGHTY!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Indeed he is. I like some of his other quotes as well. Including this one from Philosopher's Stone: "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."
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