I’ve Been Nominated for the Quote Tag!


A huge thanks to Masercot: Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes for nominating me for this challenge. Please check out his blog (one of my favourites). He is really funny, very entertaining and an excellent writer.

The Rules:

  • Choose a 19th century author
  • Post three to nine quotes from that author
  • Nominate three to six other bloggers

When I actually looked up ‘19th century” writers; I realised I have not read as many as I would have thought I had from that era. Edgar Allen Poe almost made my list (he used to scare the daylights out of me), as did Thomas Hardy and Jane Austin. But I always loved Charles Dickens and read a great many of his books when I was growing up, so he was my final choice. He had a sharp wit and an eye for the people whom most people didn’t even notice – my kind of writer. Oliver Twist was a particular favourite of mine, and I have to read A Christmas Carol at least once every five years or so.

This was such an enjoyable exercise: I rediscovered an ‘old favourite’ and learned that he was very funny. I also saw – for the first time – what gentleness he carried in his soul. I must surely have been drawn to that when I was growing up but it is lovely to discover it as an adult…

A few quotes I really like:

  • “Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.”
  • “The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”
  • “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
  • “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
  • “It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.”
  • “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”

And a quote just for Charlie (Potatoes and the Promise of More Potatoes):

  • “Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.”

I have been shamelessly flouting the rules for these challenges lately and this time is no exception. I am not nominating anyone in particular: if anyone who follows my blog wishes to participate in this challenge, please do, and please let me know so I can read your quotes.

I will end with one more (rather appropriate) Charles Dickens quote: “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

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Patti Moore Wilson © wednesdayschildca.wordpress.com



Author: Patti Moore Wilson, wednesdayschild2

I write what I feel. And I rarely know exactly what I feel until I write. I have lived long enough to have known many joys and many sorrows. I have made many mistakes; I have forgiven myself for a few… I have learned that there are lessons in every step of this journey, if we only take the time to pay attention… I hope you will feel free to pick and choose the stories that resonate for you…

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