Inspiration for my hungry soul no.15: finding treasures in a basket of notebooks
I’ve been sorting through some notebooks today. A couple of them are full of quotes that I have collected over the years (and before it was so easy to just Google and find one).
One of my favourite quotes that has been my constant companion for at least a decade is from George Eliot “It’s never too late to be what you might have been“. It has helped me through some barren years when I wasn’t sure who I was or what I had to offer the world. I feel I may have grown beyond it now. Although I will always cherish it and the comfort it has brought me while I hoped that who/what I might have been would show up, I feel ready for a new quote to accompany on this next stage of the journey.
And in one of my books of quotes I found this one and I think I might enjoy having it as my new travel companion:
“A strong woman artist who is not afraid of herself, her sexuality, passion, symbols, language, who is fearless, willing to take any and all risks, often produces work that is staggeringly beautiful and at the same time frightening, dangerous, something to be reckoned with.”
This is a quote from Laura Farabough, a performance and visual artist based in San Francisco who started using video in the 1970s with her company Snake Theater. Amazingly Google, doesn’t come up with very much on this lady. Her words however resonate strongly for me. I am no where near fully living as this ‘strong woman artist’, however she is within me for sure. I just need to allow her to introduce herself and be expressed!
The very next quote in my notebook is this one from William Plomer and it seems to describe exactly what I do:
“It is the function of creative men [and women] to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to be able to combine them into some new forms – the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
By contrast to Laura Farabough, a search on William Plomer comes up with some very interesting links. He was a South African writer (poet and novelist), a librettist for Benjamin Britten and mentor to Ian Fleming. Had it not been for Plomer encouraging Ian Fleming to write thrillers (and a series of them at that) and his support in getting them published, James Bond may not have got further than Casino Royale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/10130715/William-Plomer-The-forgotten-link-between-Britten-and-Bond.html
Here are a few other favourites from my notebook that I will keep close by for inspiration, comfort and reminders when I need a gentle nudge:
“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” ~ Anne Sullivan, American teacher, best known for being the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic and essayist
“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist though any other medium and it will be lost.” Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer, a huge influential in the 20th century dance.
“Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and regression, of evolution and dissolution.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, playwright, novelist and philosopher
Do you have favourite quotes that you live by, or that travel with you on your life’s journey? Do share.