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Friday, May 13, 2005

Great Quotes

<FONT id=role_document face=Arial color=#000000 size=2> <DIV><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>I'm one of those people who pounce on books of quotes when I come across them in antique book shops.&nbsp; I particularly love the really old ones with yellowed pages that are crumbling to bits because they contain nuggets of wisdom from long ago, rather than gatherings from more contemporary authors and philosophers.&nbsp;&nbsp;I also collect quotes from magazines and, yes, even from the Internet.&nbsp; It's fellow-feeling, I suppose; there is&nbsp;peace and comfort in knowing that others have lived through the kind of trials that come to us all.&nbsp; The quote below came to me by way of a writer friend.&nbsp; It touches the heart, at&nbsp;least in my view, of something those of us who are dealers in words and books should remember:</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>Theodore Roosevelt</FONT></SPAN><o:p></o:p></P>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV></FONT>

6 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer Blake said...

The post above was sent via email in an experiment with font type. I won't do that again! Eventually, I'll learn the ins and outs of this particular blog set up, and things will be better.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Bew said...

Hi Jennifer! Just want to tell you that I'm looking forward to checking in occasionally to read your blog.
I found your old message board very informative and encouraging to me as a new writer (I first checked it out after reading Challenge To Honor, which really impressed me.)
I particularly enjoyed your discussions of the revision process - something I've learned is at the very heart of writing a novel (at least for me!)
Today's quote is one I'll keep in mind as I start on my second manuscript. At least I'm giving it a try! Thanks again.

5:56 PM  
Blogger sue said...

Jennifer everyone needs to try something once it didn't or you think it didn't now you got a chance to try something else
Your fan
Sue

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Blake said...

Thanks for dropping in, Bew. I'm glad to know something I've said may have been beneficial. I'm also happy to know that you enjoyed Challenge to Honor! Do hang in there with your writing. Once you learn the craft, it's stamina and perseverence that will make for success.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Blake said...

Hi Sue--it's great to see that you have time off from your work to be on the 'Net.

12:48 PM  
Blogger sue said...

Jennifer I always have time to be on the net I love reading the things you write

3:08 PM  

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