Be Inspired: Quotes from Literature




Who says writers can't be inspired by other writers? Of course they can! I am taking several literature classes right now, and I have been inspired by several one-liners that I've found throughout my reading. Sometimes these quotes can open up whole new worlds inside of our minds that can be moulded into a wonderful, new pieces of literature. I hope you enjoy.

- "One truth is clear, Whatever Is, Is Right." - Alexander Pope, "An Essay On Man"

-"...we must cultivate our own garden." -Voltaire, Candide

-"One might say that my heart and my mind do not belong to the same person." - Rousseau, Confessions: Book III

-"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting." - William Wordsworth, "Ode on Intimations of Immortality"

-"Beauty is truth, truth beauty." - John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

-"[His] life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible." - Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich

-"If I let you kiss my hand, you'll be wanting to kiss my elbow next, and then my shoulder." - Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

-"A terrible beauty is born." - William Butler Yeats, "Easter 1916"

-"The ceremony of innocence is drowned." - Yeats, "The Second Coming"

-"Or say there is beauty with no soul at all." - Robert Browning, "Bishop Orders His Tomb to St. Praxed's Church"

-"Out went my heart's new fire and left it cold." - Robert Browning, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"

-"No Coward Soul is Mine" - Emily Bronte

-"Her tree of life drooped from the root" - Christina Rossetti, "Goblin Market"

-"Make the shut eyes of stricken spirits weep." - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Ave Atque Vale"

-"My enemy is Madness"- Eugene Lee-Hamilton, "The New Medusa"

-"May He within Himself make pure." - Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Epic/ Morte d' Arthur"

-"The wild unrest that lives in woe." - Alfred Lord Tennyson, "In Memoriam"


Hopefully these quotes have left you inspired. Happy writing, my friends! :)

New Orleans!

As promised, these are a few pictures that I took while I was at the PCAS Conference in New Orleans. Everything went well, and we had a wonderful time!


The Tennessee Williams House

In the words of Yeats, "a terrible beauty." Most of New Orleans was terribly beautiful.


The Oak Alley Plantation. These are 300 yr. old oaks. In a word: amazing.

This is the place where William Faulkner wrote his first novel Soldier's Pay. It was amazing to see where he lived. Of course, I had to buy the book. Oh, what a weakness I have. :)

 
[Sarah, me, and Jennifer]
That's us all dresses up for the PCAS Conference.