I write them on post-its and stick them to my monitor. I underline and dogear books where a line surprised my heart. I rip chunks out of newspapers and magazines and pin them to my bulletin board.
My office begins to resemble a Rose Parade float, it’s so covered in little flaps of paper.
And it’s hard to give them up. They remind of who I strive to be:
Carolyn See: “All writing, all art, maybe all of life—is exactly like dating. Write one charming note to a novelist, an editor, a journalist, a poet, a sculptor, even an agent whose professional work you admire, five days a weeks for the rest of your life.”
They remind me what I’m searching for:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “The writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.”
They remind me how to survive:
Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.”
Just about every writer I know saves quotes.
Do you? Share. Please.