My Quote Book


I love quotes. I suppose that’s why I also love my quote book with its sayings that I’ve jotted down the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. Maybe I’m too nostalgic, but I find a special delight in flipping through pages of handwritten quotes on the subjects of…

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” (J.S. Bach)

“Never use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” (Mark Twain)

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” (Audrey Hepburn)

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

“People don’t read their Bibles, they read you and me.” (Brother Bryan)

“Those who believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God and not God Himself.” (Madeleine L’engel)

“Bravely take hold of the real, not dallying with what may be. Not in the flight of ideas but only in action is freedom. Make up your mind and come out into the tempest of the living.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

And occasionally a line from a song or a poem will slip in my quote book:

“Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.”
(Words found scratched in an insane asylum in 1917)

So, there you have it–my quote book. :)

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