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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pondering The Poignant Passage

Years ago, when I first started writing my historical romance, RÆLIKSEN, it was for pleasure. I loved to write, and I always have. I guess you could say writing was a hobby, though I've always wanted to be an author ever since I was a little girl. At the age of *ahem* let's just say in my thirties, it was a run-of-the-mill pipe dream, never thinking I had it in me to finish a work in progress.

But once I wrote the final words of my project, the idea of pursuing publication didn't seem all that out of reach. It made sense to want to take a computer document filled with my sweat, blood, and tears and turn it into an actual book I could hold in my hands. I aspired to have a beautiful cover, complete with copyright page, ISBN, and a dedication. Logically, it seemed like the next step. Fast forward a bit, and I found myself signed with a small press, my pipe dream turning into a reality.

Now, I'm not superstitious by any stretch of the imagination, but along the way, I took notice of a few sayings or poignant sentences that struck me to the point of either remembering them word for word, or displaying them as a daily reminder.

The first of those was a fortune I found in my cookie not long after I signed. It read: "You will be honored with a prestigious prize or reward." As an author, one can not help but think of the ever-coveted title of NY Times Best Selling Author! and for that reason, it's been taped to my laptop ever since. Chances are, I'll not get to earn that esteemed label anytime soon, but I desire it just the same. Having it in plain sight reminds me of why I'm working so hard.

Looking around me, I realized I've collected many other quotes that have a special meaning me. For instance, hanging at the base of my King Arthur of Camelot picture (one of the most well known romance legends ever), is a saying that sums it all up for us romance authors: "And they lived happily ever after." Though it's become a hackneyed adage throughout the years, losing most of its spontaneous flare, I can't help but smile at its moving relevance.

Another quote that reminds me of the simple truths in life is "LOVE reveals all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." No matter how hard I try to develop yet another compelling story into which my readers can immerse themselves, sometimes it seems my hero and heroine just can't make it work in the end. Reading this quote, I'm reminded that nothing is impossible. That I can, through the magic of my words, bring two unlikely people together in a love story one will never forget.

By now, you've probably guessed that I LOVE quotes. (Hence, my Saturday Soulful Quotes segment at Nice N Naughty Authors blog every month.) And because I enjoy the "quoted text" so much, I'd like to share a few of my favorite quotes that will forever remain embedded in my head:

  • Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  • There is no friend as loyal as a book.  Ernest Hemingway
  • All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
  • Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare


And since we're on the subject, here are two quotes from my first two historical romances:
  • “You are correct in saying that desires often come from things we cannot easily gain—mine, being that of your love. By all accounts, I do wish I could steal it. But I am not that sort of man. I will wait. Forever and a day…I will wait.” Dægan Ræliksen, RÆLIKSEN
  • “Mara, you are my next breath. You are the reason I breathe at all.” Breandán Mac Laim, MAC LIAM


So, how about you? What quotes do you key into, either famous or made up on the fly, and use in your day to day lives? As a reader, do you swoon at the heart-stopping things the hero says to the heroine and make a mental note of its brilliance? And, for the authors in the crowd, what inspirational written text has remained planted in your mind?

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18 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Love your choice in quotes, Renee. One of the most haunting quotes I recall from a book was the one from 1984 when Winston was faced with his greatest fear (rats) by the authorities. Although he loved the woman in the story and they tried to fight the Big Brother syndrome, Winston cried, 'Do it to her.' Devastating and very powerful.

Renee Vincent said...

Oh that is very haunting, Tina! Thanks for sharing.

Gabriella Edwards said...

Hey, buddy! Good question...

I guess I can say that quotes are more effective in their execution, for me.

My daughter and I just watched Pride and Prejudice, last night and we were both carried away on the many poignant romantic moments that grace this classic. When Darcy, in one of the last scenes says, "...you have bewitched me body and soul and I love...I love...I love you." we simply melted, sighed, and watched it again. *sigh*

...I'ma watchin' that again, now!

Hugs!

Renee Vincent said...

GREAT movie and book.
Gabriella! And I so get what you mean about execution. The way it is said is sooo important!

Enjoy you time with your daughter!

MichelleKCanada said...

At work, when I was a people manager, I had this as my tag line "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars"
I love that one.

I also love fortune cookie notes.

Nice post!
MichelleKCanada
Another Look Book Reviews

jeff7salter said...

Some of my fav. quotes come from military men.
At the Battle of the Bulge, Brig Gen. Anthony McAulife [ ? sp ? ] replied to the German demand for surrender with a single word: "Nuts!"
A quote which I'e seen attributed to both Gen. Geo. Patton and Gen. "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkoff is (paraphrased): "Courage is when your scared to death, but you do your duty anyway." Can't recall the exact phrasing, but the meaning is clear.

Adele Dubois said...

I enjoyed your post, Renee!

I read a quote in a Philadelphia newspaper by a minister whose name I wish I remembered. He said, "It's easier to criticize than to create." This sums up the truth about everything in life, including writing.

Best of luck in reaching your NYT best-selling goal!

~Adele

Sarah Hoss said...

Hi Renee!

I loved your quotes!!! Thanks for doing this blog today and sharing your words.

Two have always stuck with me.

1) Those who matter, don't mind and those who mind, don't matter. Dr. Suess.

2)Dream big and at least half will come true! Reva Disinger, my mother

Thanks Tina for hosting a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed it here today!

Anonymous said...

My favorite quote is "if you love someone enough, you can still hear the laughter after they're gone.. the writer is anonymous, but the quote is eternal..it reminds me of the 50 year kind of love..

Virginia C said...

I can't tell you my favorite romantic quote of all time. It's private. It was said to me by my one & only, and no one has even come close to topping it in over thirty five years. You don't always get to keep the great love of your life, but no one can take away the memories.

Favorite funny quote--Cowardly Lion to Tin Man: "How long can you stay fresh in that can?"

Favorite unforgettable quote--Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard": "I am big! It's the pictures that got small."

Favorite quote by me: "If you laugh...you'll live!"

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I love this post, Renee. Let me delve into my quote drawer a sec. I love quotes. Here we go, my faves:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited;
Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Enstein

Whatever you dream you can do, do it
Action has power and magic in it.
Goeth

When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.
Charles A. Beard

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is fear of failure.
Jack Lemmon

A ship in port in safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Grace Murray Hopper

There are four questions that are the most important:
What is scared?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for?
The answer to all of these questions is love.
Johnny Depp in the movie Don Juan.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Waving Renee... Okay, don't roll your eyes please, but I love "Tomorrow is another day." It really is appropriate for me who tries to get everything done in a day. That's why I have carpel tunnel damaged hands. :(

My favorite quote is in my siggie lines: "When at first you do succeed, try to hide the astonishment" For someone with love self-esteem, it is a good daily reminder.

I had "until forever" engraved in our wedding rings. :)

"To thine own self be true."

Tim Smith said...

Great post and quotes, Renee and everyone. Here are a few of mine.

"It isn't always about being right - it's about doing right."

"We have all the time in the world."

"Worry about the little details - the big ones will take care of themselves."

And my favorite, from a Blake Edwards comedy -

"It's been my expereince that just when I think I know 'where it's at,' it's usually somewhere else."

jean hart stewart said...

Wonderful quotes...And I love fortune bookie quotes. Also some of my horoscope quotes can be hysterical.

Fiona McGier said...

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, 'Wow, what a ride!'"
And,
"A good friend will come at any hour to bail you out of jail. A best friend will be sitting next to you, saying, 'Damn, that was fun!'"
And,
"All you need is love!"
Good post, thanks.

Renee Vincent said...

MichelleK: Love this quote: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" Thanks for sharing the sayings that mean something to you.

Jeff: Those are great quotes and worth remembering too! Thanks!

Adele: Another great quote and so true: "It's easier to criticize than to create."

Sarah: Love that you remember something your mother said and hold it dear. My father always had great sayings like that too. One of his was: Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone. Another one he used to say was You can't do everything. But you can do anything.
Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous Oh what a lovely quote! I love this one you shared: "if you love someone enough, you can still hear the laughter after they're gone..."

Renee Vincent said...

Virginia: Oh, I think that is so sweet that he said something to you that you will always remember and what's even better is that no one has been able to top it. I think it's doubly sweet that you won't share it, keeping it close to your heart. It's a great place to keep it.

And I love the quote you shared: Favorite funny quote--Cowardly Lion to Tin Man: "How long can you stay fresh in that can?"
I got such a kick out of that!!!

Sarah McNeal: Thanks for sharing all of those. I think it's awesome that you and I love quotes so much.

I actually was tickled to death about this quote you shared: There are four questions that are the most important:
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for?
The answer to all of these questions is love.
Johnny Depp in the movie Don Juan.

I LOVED THAT MOVIE and what a great set of lines indeed!!!

Paisley: I am just loving all these great quotes! And I love yours: "When at first you do succeed, try to hide the astonishment"

Renee Vincent said...

Tim: I liked this quote you shared: "Worry about the little details - the big ones will take care of themselves." And it's great to see a new face here. Welcome to SNSD!

Jean: Ooh, that's another thing I like...horoscopes. *squee*

Fiona: I knew this one from hearing it many times and it never gets old: "A good friend will come at any hour to bail you out of jail. A best friend will be sitting next to you, saying, 'Damn, that was fun!'" Thanks so much for sharing those!