Friday, July 22, 2011

Monthly Question--Favorite Quotation?

Since many of us use quotations in our artwork or journals, this month's question is "What is your current favorite quotation?"


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."


"Don’t believe everything you think."


"A candle loses nothing by lighting another."


I love quotes and I love incorporating quotes into my journal pages. Sometimes I use word fragments from quotes or lines of poetry, sometimes it is a full quote, other times I record overhead snippets of conversations. Here are three spreads from my visual journal using word fragments, a quote by John Updike, and a quote I heard my husband's receptionist say to a co-worker. Can you figure out which is which?


"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience"


Right now my favorite is “I’m so far behind I think I’m first” it makes me laugh and then I remember it’s ok to go slow.

This is one of my favorite art quotes “What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.” ~John Updike ~ For me if I didn’t have art I think I could not breathe and my soul would choke.


This has long been one of my favorite quotes:

"When we say "I surrender" and we relinquish control and let the universe take the lead and we follow, the dance of life becomes effortless. Spiritually, surrender is a mark of strength and not a moment of weakness". Helen White.

It often comes to mind when things aren't working out the way I think they should, and reminds me that sometimes it's best to let go and be open to other outcomes.


My favorite is probably the most boring in some ways, but it's in my head a lot. "Just Do It." I love the utter simplicity of that and think of it whenever I get whiny or start procrastinating.

I love quotations and often embroider them into my fabric work. Here're a couple favorites:


“Every step we take towards making the State the caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our master.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


I love ," Finished is better than perfect" (thanks for reminding me Cynthia ) and

"Money and art are far apart."


"If all you got is a hairpin, you take a hairpin and you start digging." A woman quoted in the book "Feminine Face of God"---Judi


"Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing, On his darkest day he believes in spring" D. Malloch

Part of a short poem. Last line actually.

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