Dr. Seuss Quotes :)

Happy Friday, folks! Today is blowing in with great force and I can only imagine that the wind is brining in some colder weather. No more going barefoot, I guess. (Haha, just kidding. I haven’t gone barefoot outside since… Um. Well, yesterday.) 
Today I thought it would be fun to share some Dr. Seuss quotes with y’all. Some of my earliest childhood memories were of my older sister reading his books to us. At the time I didn’t see the amazement of all the things he thought up, but looking back now (and reading his books when I get a chance) I realize that he was a brilliant author. 
I hope you enjoy! 

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” 

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” 

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” 

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.” 

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” 

“You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.” 

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Which one is your favorite? My favorite is… Actually, I picked these out because they’re all pretty much my favorite. 🙂 

Writing Quotes

Today seemed like a beautiful day to share some quotes, therefore I decided to do the logical thing and share some quotes on my blog. (I know, crazy, right?) 

“One should use common words to say uncommon things.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” -Lisa See
“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.” – David Mitchell
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter
“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” – P.G. Wodehouse 
“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” -Elmore Leonard
“People always ask me if I’m into sports, and I say, “Well, isn’t writing a sport? If you’re doing it right, and you have a deadline, you should be sweating.” – Jarod Kintz
“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” – Robert Conmier

Quotes by C.S. Lewis

Today I decided to share some quotes with you by C.S. Lewis. I haven’t read many of his books, but his quotes are some of my all-time favorites. Here’s a random collection I like:

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” 
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“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” 

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“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” 

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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 


“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” 


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“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ” 
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“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” 

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“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” 


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I hope you enjoyed the quotes and I’d be delighted to hear some of the quotes you enjoy. 

Quote Day!

Y’all, I love being a writer! I really do. Sometimes it can be overwhelming or discouraging though. One of the ways I enjoy inspiring myself and getting back on track is by reading quotes. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some quotes with you today. Enjoy! 🙂 


If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing. 
-Benjamin Franklin
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. 
-Michael Jordan
When I graduated from high school I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years. 
-Ray Bradbury
If you reread a piece and decide that nothing works until the second page, why not simply start it there? The delete key is your friend. 
-Adair Lara

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. 
-Wayne Gretzky
You can have your book or you can have your excuses. You can’t have both. 
-Amanda Patterson
The search for the word gets no easier but nobody else is going to write your novel for you. 
-Neil Gaiman
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. 
-Chinese Proverb
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What about you? What are some quotes you like and are inspired by? 

Goals – Using Your Life For Something Great

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Do any of you ever get the feeling that you’re already so far behind compared to where you wish you were, that you wonder if you’ll ever catch up? You suddenly realize “Wait a second! I’m ‘this many years old. How did I end up in this place without doing something really great?”

Recently I’ve been looking at my life, what I’ve accomplished and what I wish I’ve accomplished, and I get this feeling of urgancy, like I need to really step it up. I hear about people who had a publisher by the time they were 15. People who were running full hospitals by the time they were 25. People who were pastoring one of the largest churches in the United States by the time they were 35, and I feel waayyy behind. Maybe it’s just because I’m an overachiever.

I wish I could sit down today knowing that I have books out there in bookstores. Wishing I have a publisher waiting for me to finish my next series. Wishing I had a stack of letters from people who’s lives have been changed through my books. Wishing I had made it big so I could support hundreds of needy children in third-world countries.

In reality though, I’m just me. The girl who feels a call to write and change the world through her words. A girl who has so many great ideas but is limited by her lack of energy. A girl who is actually doing better than she realizes most of the time, because she does have two e-books and a soon-to-be-released print book.

I’m happy with my life, I really am. I’m working each day on learning new things. On writing. On growing as a person. I just wish I had started earlier. I wish I had sat down and thought seriously about my goals when I was eight. When I was ten. When I was twelve. I don’t mean I would do away with my childhood, because I wouldn’t. Even back then though, if I had a better idea of where I was going, then I would (in all likelyhood) be further ahead than where I am now.

Let me ask you some questions. How many of you out there have written, measureable goals? How many of you work on accomplishing your goals at least once a month? Once a week? Once a day? When someone asks you what you want to do with your life, are you left shrugging your shoulders and mumbling something that you hope will change the subject? Or do you have to calm yourself down so you don’t talk their ears off because you’re so excited about life?

I don’t mean just saying ‘I want to be a writer’ (etc…), but knowing what you want to write about. Why you want to write. How you’re going to accomplish your dream of getting your books into other people’s hands so they can read them. And on, and on, and on.

If you had five minutes right now to write down what you think you’ll accomplish if you live a regular-length life, would you know what to put on the paper? If you do know, are you working towards those things?

From the polls I put up on my blog last month, it seems that a lot of the people who read my blog are below the age of 25. In my mind, the only time that would be better to start working on your goals than now would have been five years ago… And since we can’t do that, why not start today?

I’m not saying that I think you should stop having fun with your life or grow up too fast, but really, ten years from now are you going to look back and think ‘Wow, I’m thrilled that I spent all those years playing video games (watching TV, reading books, surffing the web, etc…)!’ Or will you be thinking more along the lines of ‘If only I had worked harder back then, I’d be so much further ahead now!’

I would love to see what some of your goals are if you have them written down. And if you don’t, why don’t you take two or three weeks (or several months) to really think about them and begin coming up with a plan for your life. And of course goals aren’t unchangeable, but if you’re going to be working on them every day, you need to make sure that it’s seriously what you want to do.

For me, I want to make sure that all of my goals are God-honoring and focusing on what He wants me to do with my life. I want to serve Him, and therefore my goals need to reflect that. I need to use my time and energy to do what He created me to do. Praying and asking God to help when you’re working on goals is really important, because even if you accomplish really great things, if it’s not what God wants you to do, then what’s the point? So, here’s what my dad would say if he were talking to y’all: Pray, Think Big, Set Goals, Be Amazed!

{I would be delighed to hear from you. If you’d rather not leave a comment with your goals, you could email me at aidylewoh(at)gmail(dot)com}

“You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”
Zig Ziglar

Commiting your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one thousand percent!
Brian Tracy

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going… It’s as simple as that.” Earl Nightingale
“There is no achievement without goals.”Robert J. McKaine

Goals in writting are dreams with deadlines.
Brian Tracy

I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives.Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.
Jim Rohn


“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Anonymous

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”Anonymous

“The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break.” Rick Hansen

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
Charles C. Noble

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Zig Ziglar

Creativity

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs


“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” -Edwin Land

“It’s always too early to quit.” -Norman Vincent Peale

“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~William Shakespeare

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

{Pictures taken by my adopted mom}



“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Emerson 

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” ~Jack Kerouac

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and with that one, is what we are doing.” ~Annie Dillard

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” ~Auguste Rodin

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso





John Maxwell (who has written over 70 books, several of them New York Times Bestsellers!) shared this quote at a writing conference that I attended last year and I found it very inspiring.  

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.” 

Then today when I was trying to find that ^ quote, I came across this post (which I didn’t finish reading, but I liked this)

When we were younger, our imaginations were limitless and unfettered by practicality and qualifications. Once when I visited by my wife at the local elementary school where she teaches, I asked her class, “How many of you can draw?” The entire class raised their hands. Then I asked, “How many of you can sing?” Jubilantly the entire class raised their hands and they all began to sing different songs. It was a chaotic and wonderful sound.

When I am teaching, I ask my college-age students the same questions. In each class, sadly  only a couple of brave people raise their hands. You see, the students have added a self-imposing qualifier to the question. While I asked, “How many of you can sing?” they heard, “How many of you can sing well?” Picasso said it: “All Children are artists. The problem is to remain one when you grow up.”

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll go and have fun coloring with my little brother today… 

My Dream List

I started a Dream List and made a page for it on my header. 
Most of these aren’t dreams that will be easy or quick to accomplish, but they’re there because it’s part of me. Part of what I dream about. Part of who and where I see myself in the future. 
*Note: these aren’t my goals, these are my dreams*

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.


Henry David Thoreau

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.


Harriet Tubman

Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.
Marcia Wieder


Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden


No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading Quotes

Hey everyone! I realize I haven’t been on here as much recently. 

That’s because I have some pretty big, exciting, overwhelming, crazy things going on. I look forward to sharing them with you… 

Sometime. 

But for now, as you wait, I thought you might enjoy some cool quotes. 

Oh yes, and Happy Autumn!!!

Anywho, here the quotes are. Enjoy. 

* Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

* Wear the old coat and buy the new book. 
Austin Phelps

* Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. 
Mark Twain 

* A good book is enjoyable. A great book sets off a bomb inside of you.
Ned Hepburn

* From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. 
Groucho Marx
* Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter. 
Paxton Hood

*And just a random, funny one: 
She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
Groucho Marx

What are some of your favorite reading/book quotes?