Inspirational Quotes

I gave these quotes to members of my writing group, along with gift certificates to my favorite cupcake shop so each of them can celebrate a writing achievement in 2013, big or small.

Then the time came
when the risk it took
to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than
the risk it took to blossom.
–Anais Nin
No great
thing is
There must
be time. Give
your best
and always
be kind.
A small daily task,
if it really be daily,
will outdo the labours
of a spasmodic Hercules.
–Anthony Trollope

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? (Can you tell that I collect them?)


Last weekend the weather finally warmed enough for our pet tortoises to play outside.

As I sat outside reading & watching Sunny and Sandy, I thought about my favorite tortoise quote:

“Turtles have everything a writer needs: tough shells to deal with criticism; soft, sensitive insides; the need to stick their necks out if they want to move forward; and the slow-and-steady patience to keep slogging away, day after day.” –Martha Beck, Finding Your Own North Star

I’ve been collecting turtle figurines on my travels for many years, but none are as charming as the real thing!