It's no secret that one of my guilty pleasures - although, can it be called guilty if everyone knows about it? - is Criminal Minds. Yes, the stories are sometimes gruesome and I still haven't quite forgiven them for killing off Hotche's ex-wife. But all in all I love the mind games they play. The figuring out of the crime.
What I love more than that are the quotes that the agents say at the beginning and end of each show. I like how those quotes tie in to the story...and I like knowing quotes. I'm kind of a geek that way. But as I was watching a few weeks ago I started thinking about my favorite writerly quotes.
I love the Nora Roberts saying, 'You can't edit a blank page..' Meaning, of course, that we need to write in order to do anything.
I get all *happy sigh* when I think about the Mark Twain quote, 'Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.' Because we all need to surround ourselves with people who, even if they think we're nuts, support us along the way.
And there is this from Pearl S. Buck, 'I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.'
But I think the quote I like the most is from Barbara Kingsolver, "Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." Because isn't that the truth? We have to figure out what we have to say before we'll be able to do more than imitate.
Are you a quotation lover - whether about writing or life or...whatever? What's your favorite quote?