Previous "Quotes of the Week" ~ 2003

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"I will honor Christmas in my heart
and try to keep it all the year."

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)


"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation
in the reader--not the fact that it is raining,
but the feeling of being rained upon."

~ E.L. Doctorow


"If I knew everything in advance, I'd find it tedious to sit at my desk for hours each day scratching out the story.
Instead, I'm at my desk fifteen minutes after I get out of bed in the morning;
I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next in the novel.
I am audience as well as author."

~ Sid Fleischman


"Just as iron rusts from disuse,
even so does inaction
spoil the intellect."

~ Leonardo da Vinci


"Each of us wages a private battle each day
between the grand fantasies we have for ourselves
and what actually happens."

~ Cathy Guisewite


"All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin in the sun,
Talking about the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done . . .
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did."

~ Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)


"You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written.
And then, if it's going to be too difficult for grown-ups,
you write it for children."

~ Madeleine L'Engle


"For a long time now I have tried
simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck
and write better than I can."

~ Ernest Hemingway


Larry Burkett, cofounder of Crown Financial Ministries (March 3, 1939 - July 4, 2003)

"'Our money and possessions don't belong to us; they belong to God,' said Burkett, who spent much of his life teaching people how to manage their finances...'God has given us the authority to be stewards of our money and possessions, and the responsibility to faithfully manage them according to the principles in the Bible.'"

~ Larry Burkett (March 3, 1939 - July 4, 2003)

My coauthors enjoyed Larry's friendship for the past 17 years,
and we are deeply grateful for his example. He will be greatly missed.
See Getting Your Financial Hou$e in Order: A Floorplan for Managing Your Money
by David & Debbie Bragonier with Kimn S. Gollnick
forward by Howard Dayton of Crown Financial Ministries,
published by Broadman & Holman
(scheduled for release September 2003).


"When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"

~ Erma Bombeck
quoted in You Can Market Your Book
by Carmen Leal


"What matters in life is not so much our successes,
but our choices and attitudes along the way."

~ Sheila Wray Gregoire


"The purpose of writing
is to think and to learn."

~ Natalie Bober, author of Countdown to Independence,
speaking to students at Carlisle Public Schools, MA
which aired on BookTV/CSPAN (1/26/02).


"Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end."

~ John of Damascus

Easter symbols | Easter Jelly Bean Prayer | The Events of Easter Week


"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say."

~ Anais Nin


Fred Rogers, famous for donning his sweater on his award-winning show, "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" airing nationally for 35 years, died recently but left a legacy of love. At the end of every show, Fred Rogers changed back into his real-life clothes, replacing his shoes and sweater.

"People wear all sorts of things," he liked to say. "But the best part is the part that's on the inside. That's what's really you--the person inside."

More quotes of insight from everyone's neighbor, Mr. Rogers:

"I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self."

"I have really never considered myself a TV star.
I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a visit."

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.
It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community,
not my world, not my problem.'
Then there are those who see the need and respond.
I consider those people my heroes."

~ Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003)
Read an article by Wendy Murray Zoba about Mr. Rogers.


"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to
only one ninth of it being above water."

~ Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)


"How many a man has dated a new era in his life
from the reading of a book."

~ Henry David Thoreau


"When I am constantly running
there is no time for being.
When there is no time for being
there is no time for listening."

~ Madeleine L'Engle
(shared by Dennis Peterson in CWFI)


"The best place to start is
where you are
with what you have."

~ Charles Schwab

"Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough
and loud enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up somebody."

-- H. W. Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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