NaBloPoMo DAY 8:
I’ve officially completed an entire week of NaBloPoMo! And I still can’t say the blasted name without having it in front of me so I can read it. Is it NaPoBloMo or NaMoBloPo?? And why should I care?
Maybe I should make my goal for Week Two to try to memorize it, for crying out loud. Seriously. You try uttering that word three times fast and see if you do any better.
Of course, one way to memorize it would be to write an ENTIRE post of nothing but the word, “NaBloPoMo,” over and over for a total of one thousand times. Life’s too short to be stymied by such an off putting name.
Well, moving on, I might as well address the elephant in the room, which you’ve been too nice to mention:
It’s been eons since I shared any quotes with you and frankly I have no excuses. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been adding to my collection of quotes, all the while. In fact, brace yourself, because I’ve been collecting some doozies.
From Writers & Poets:
“You– you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of them I shall be living. in one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars are laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You–only you–will have the stars that can laugh.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator.
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” — From the YA novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” — N.H. Kleinbaum, “Dead Poets Society”
“The uninvited guest was fear and it haunted the gathering.” — From the gripping true story of an American Ambassador living in Nazi Germany, “In the Garden of Beasts,” by Erik Larson
From TV & Film
“To all the Sneaky Pete’s of the world who thought that maybe settling for mediocrity was a good idea because it was safe. Don’t do it. Take a chance, take a risk. Find that passion, rekindle it, fall in love all over again. It’s really worth it. God bless you.” — Bryan Cranston, when accepting the 2014 Emmy for “Breaking Bad”
“To be born, to have committed no crime at all and to be sentenced to death.” — Colin Firth’s character in “Magic in the Moonlight” I so agree!
“She’s right, but it’s the principle. I won’t be a slave to anyone or anything you can order through a toll-free number.” Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in “House of Cards”
From the TV Land comedy series, “Hot in Cleveland”
Valerie Bertinelli as Melanie: “I’m sure preschool was different in your day.”
Betty White as Elka: “My preschool was a box. My teacher was a potato. Then winter came, and I had to eat my teacher.”
From the PBS “Masterpiece” series, “Downtown Abbey”
“If I were to search for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper-class.” — Maggie Smith, the Dowager Countess of Grantham to Branson, the former chauffeur
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, the butler: “Screaming in the servant’s hall, a singer’s chatting to his Lordship, and the footman’s cooking the dinner. What a topsy-turvy world we’ve come to.”
Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham: “I don’t dislike him.”
The Dowager: “Ooh, what a recommendation.”
Earl of Grantham: “If you don’t respect the past, we’ll find it harder to build our future.”
Dowager: “You owe a debt to Mrs. Crawley. She would not let me go until I promised (to hire you). She would not relax her grip.”
Mrs. Crawley: “You make me sound very fervent.”
Dowager: Wars have been waged with less fervor.”
Dowager: “Switzerland has everything to offer except maybe conversation, and one can learn to live without that.”
And One More for Good Measure:
“I’ve been blessed by my parents’ love, by the love I had with Arnold, by the love of my children and my friends. I think that carries you through. We’re so consumed as a society with, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ or ‘Are you married?’ We miss the love that is staring you right in the face. I feel surrounded by love. I feel blessed now here in my life. Yeah, I feel blessed.” — Maria Shriver in an interview in AARP magazine.
(Note: I’m taking part in NaBloPoMo, better known as National Blog Posting Month. Thirty days, 30 posts. If you have suggestions for a post, please let me know. Or if you know how I can get out of doing this and still save face, I’m all ears!
Thank you to all of you who continue to stop by with words of encouragement. If it wasn’t for you, I’d explode from writing all these posts!)