“It was as if some people believed there was a divide between the books that you were permitted to enjoy and the books that were good for you, and I was expected to choose sides. We were all expected to choose sides. And I didn’t believe it, and I still don’t.
I was, and still am, on the side of books you love.”
—Neil Gaiman, in his Newbery Medal acceptance speech for The Graveyard Book
As always, more art and Julieisms on my author website.
I keep one of those virtual sticky notes in the corner of my desktop, and every so often it just gets so ridiculously long (like, down the street, around the world and to the moon long) that I have to go through and clean it out. One of the bajillion things that I keep in this running document are quotes that inspire, impress, or otherwise resonate with me– and naturally, when something strikes me I like to share it.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ―Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” ―J.K. Rowling
“It takes a bee to get the honey out.” ―Arthur Guiterman
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ―Vivian Greene
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” ―Karen Lamb
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” ―Theodore Roosevelt
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.” ―Kurt Vonnegut
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt