Blogging from A-Z – quotations

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “Q.” (I’m blogging the alphabet in April. Read the details at Suzy & Spice here or the Blogging from A-Z page here.)


I have this one on a bulletin board at home AND in my cubicle at work.

Picking a Q for today was a challenge. Not that there aren’t enough Q words but that there are so many to choose from. I love quotations, so this was a good chance to share some of my favorites with you.

They’re things I’ve taped to my bathroom mirror, posted in my home office, pinned to my cubicle wall at work … wherever I can find a spot! And some are quotes I’ve run across recently and are not posted, pasted or taped anywhere – yet. (A few of them should be tattooed on my forehead!)

There is no particular theme here. These are just quotes I’ve gathered over time. So let’s go.

Mother Teresa quotes are always an inspiration. She dedicated her life to loving the poor and unwanted.

“There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.” – Mother Teresa

I have no doubt that Mother Teresa fueled her passion for loving people by remembering verses like this:

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

Most of the time, I don’t like change for the sake of change. But I know that sometimes change is necessary, or if it isn’t necessary, it’s good. Here’s the reality according to one novelist:

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett

This one’s in my cubicle at work and on my bathroom mirror, too. It reminds me that it’s OK that I’m ME, even when no one gets me. (And they frequently don’t.)

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

I’ve been in the business of embracing risk lately – a few years now. Otherwise, how will I ever achieve that amazingness that Maya Angelou thinks I should discover? This next one speaks to that:

“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught

Winston Churchill had some great quotes, but I decided to share one that may not be familiar to everyone (it was new to me):

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

In the Beatles’ case, it could be argued that the single word is “love”:

“All you need is love. Love is all you need.” – John Lennon

The Beatles in 1987, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary re-release of “All You Need is Love.”

With that, I’ll sign off with two messages from one of the great ones:

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“Nanu nanu.” – Mork from Ork

What is your favorite quote?


Tomorrow: R is for reading.

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