01-09-17 The Experiment

Last night I invited people to ask me any question they wanted and I would respond with a literary quote. I received some wonderful inquiries, so this evening I have set about answering them. I had to veer from strictly quotes from literature, as there were not as many as I hoped to tackle some of the topics. Since I am answering these questions in someone else’s words, I leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions to the meaning.

This was a difficult experiment because rarely did a quote mimic the thought I intended it to express. I would be curious to know if you as the reader derived anything from this exercise. 

Also, please share if any of the quotes spoke to you, irrespective of their context in my narrative. Thank you!



1. Where/how did your and your husband meet?

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” Aristotle

“I wanted to punch him and understand him at the same time.” Shannon A. Thompson, Take Me Tomorrow

“I ask you to pass through life at my side- to be my second self, and best earthly companion.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Reader, I married him.” Charlotte Brontë

2. How does your finger feel?

“When a gust of wind hits a broken bone, you feel it.” Shia LaBeouf

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” Voltaire

“I have been fortified by trauma, the way a bone, once broken, grows back stronger than it had been.” Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones

“There is a tendency for things to right themselves.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. What are you working on at work?

“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends…” Albert Camus, The Plague

“I don’t like work— no man does— but I like what is in the work— the chance to find yourself. Your own reality— for yourself not for others— what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.” Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“I feel I’m moving toward as well as away from something, and anything is possible.” Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

4. When did you start having an interest in photography?

“There’s a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everyone else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

“I have a visual imagination.” Sylvia Plath

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” Annie Leibovitz

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” Richard Alvedon

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers the little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” Aaron Siskind

“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” Scott Lorenzo

“With photography, I always think that it’s not good enough.” Lynsey Addario

5. How and when did you notice you had a gift for writing so well?

“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” P.G. Wodehouse

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” Anne Lamott

“The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line.” Amit Kalantri

“Writing to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Asimov

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Anne Frank

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” James A. Michener

6. Why are you such an amazing and awesome mother, friend, wife and all around person?

“Give up the struggle and the fight; relax in the omnipotence of the Lord Jesus; look up into His lovely face and as you behold Him, He will transform you into His likeness. You do the beholding— He does the transforming. There is no short-cut to holiness” Alan Redpath

“The God who can change a sinner into a Christian by giving him His life can equally transform the fleshly Christian into a spiritual one by giving him His life more abundantly.” Watchman Nee

“Love is a really scary thing, and you never know what’s going to happen. It’s one of the most beautiful things in life, but it’s one of the most terrifying. It’s worth the fear because you have more knowledge, experience, you learn from people, and you have memories.” Ariana Grande

“… it is easy to believe you are not good enough if you listen to everybody else.” Mackenzie Astin

“I did the best I could, and in some arenas, my best was not good enough. I’ve made some bad choices.” Amy Grant

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” C.S. Lewis

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

“Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more…” Charlotte Ericsson

7. How many episodes of the Grand Tour have you seen?

“Starting from zero, got nothing to lose.” Tracy Chapman

8. How was the movie? (Mom’s Night Out)

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“… a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; more’s the pity.” Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

9. Who influenced you to write so well and express yourself?

“She reads Dickens in the same spirit she would have eloped with him.” Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what is has to say.” Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

“When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.” Cliff Radioman

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars




*Thank you to everyone that participated!!*



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