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Every Dream Starts With a Wish…

Do you know this quote?  Never heard of it?  Oh, that’s because I just said it the other day while chatting on my cellphone with my dear friend A.  As I spent an afternoon getting to know racks of fine brocade and country tweeds, the vintage shopkeeper overheard me and asked if she could quote it.  “Of course!” I said smiling, secretly pleased she thought my random statement was noteworthy.  If you happen to use it, do mention that you co-opted it from the Love Collage

Here we are in the crush of early November, a funny period where the energy of summer wanes and we find ourselves slowly fading into hibernation mode. We often contemplate ourselves, our life, our time. “How did the year pass so quickly? I meant to start this and accomplish that.” But when we evaluate the status of all our good intentions, only some have materialized while others remain talk and no action. 

Whenever I find myself succumbing to bouts of lethargy, I look for quotes that will surge my inspiration and energy.  At times, I hang these on postcards around my bedroom as love notes to self or I write them in my journal to remember.  Here are some of my favourite:

  • “When there’s nothing left to burn, you must set yourself on fire.”  – I love this quote from the beginning of The Stars’ song, Your Ex-Lover is Dead.  While the quote is up for interpretation, I like to believe it means when you have exhausted every avenue, the only thing left to ignite is yourself and your passion.  A kind of visual metaphor of being lit with passion. 
  • “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”  – French erotic literary legend Anais Nin documented her life via her journals.  Her quotes are among the most beautifully written, thought-provoking and sentimental I have ever read. Insert sigh.
Anais Nin

Portrait of Anais Nin in lovely Spanish dress. Loving the head dress and lace.

  • “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius so simple, so eloquent.  Many of his quotes juxtapose light and dark.  They are short and sweet, easy to remember.  And it’s true, your heart never lies.

1 comment

1 Marta { 11.09.09 at 11:19 pm }

Love it!!

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