I recently read a blog where the writer had collated his favourite quotes from each of the magnificent Terry Pratchett Discworld novels. It’s a brilliant blog and if I could work out how to link to it here so you could benefit from reading it too I would do so! (If I can figure it out and get his permission too I’ll update this in due course!)
I love the Pratchett outlook on love, life and the universe – the ability to identify the bizarre and wonderful nuances of this world and delicately parody these on the Discworld “the world and mirror of worlds” for the readers’ delight. These novels have been my friends for over 20 years and they unfailingly greet me with a smile and a warm hug, leading me back into a world of joyous merriment.
I started to think of my favourite quotes for each book, I even contemplated whittling it down to just one quote per book… but here in lies my problem (yes okaaay I have WAY more than one problem but those others are for another blog on another day thank you very much)…my problem here is that I’m not sure I could find only one single quote in each of these books which I could identify as my favourite; just as one pops up in my mind, so another follows…indeed if I think about it too much I am liable to go completely Bursar, possibly even Librarian-poo.
This led me on to thinking about what makes a sentence, a quip, an observation in any story more than just that, what makes it a ‘Quote’? What makes it stand out from the rest of the page, the scene, the story itself and say “hey there pay me more attention, I deserve it”?
I started thinking about quotes from films, plays and just quotes in general that I like, tried to see if there was a general theme running through them…short answer is no!
I like motivational taglines like “You Improvise, You Adapt, You Overcome” – Gunny Highway (Clint Eastwood) in Heartbreak Ridge
I like inspirational quotes like “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore in JK Rowling’s The Prisoner of Azkaban.
I like confidence quotes like “Now you understand just why my head’s not bowed…’Cause I’m a woman…Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me” — Phenomenal Woman by Mary Angelou.
In the end it’s all subjective – to the story, to the character, to the actor and, most importantly, to the audience themselves.
I’m going to see if I can find a quote each week that suits my mood; that speaks to me about a subject or just plain makes me smile. Sometimes it might be a one line thought, it could be a speech from someone (fictional or real-world) or it might be verse from a song or even an amusing anecdote…who knows??!! But that’s the joy of quotes and sayings that resonate with us – they can be in all forms and about all things. I will endeavour to share these with you, in the hopes that some may also touch upon your light and make it a little brighter too.