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5 Quotes I Adore from The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (FFF)

I love the idea of a quest and using the word quest instead of to-do item, calling, goal, or adventure.

I love the idea of a quest and using the word quest instead of to-do item, calling, goal, or adventure.

I like reading books written for children and adolescents. I like looking for the “lesson” each one has. The latest book I finished is The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo.

My favourite character was the mouse who stayed true to his calling. He did the hard things even when he thought he couldn’t succeed.

When I read I like to collect quotes. I like to ponder them and see how they apply to my life. For this Friday’s Fave Five, I found five favorite quotations.

ONE. ” . . . an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone , mouse, or man, who does not conform,” (25). The non-conformists are also the ones who are world changers.

TWO. “Say the word “quest” out loud. It is an exextraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” (221) Reading this quote makes me want to go on a quest. You, too?

THREE.. “… nothing is sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name. Nothing.” (258) Especially if that name is mom, auntie or whatever my non-speaking grand-daughter (she’s not even 3 months old yet) will call me.

FOUR..And hope is like love . . . a ridiculous, wonderful, powerful thing.” (134) Hope and quests are like the 2 parts of velcro. You need both sides to make it work.

FFF daisiesFIVE.Might just as well be happy, seeing as it doesn’t make a difference to anyone but you if you are or not,” said the soldier,” (143). Such wise words. We might as well as take charge of our attitudes, feelings, and actions. No-one else has that power or care.

I see that Amazon Instant Movies has this title to rent. Hurray! I am going to watch that this week. I will let you know how it is.

Your Turn . . .  

  • What are some of your favorite quotes from this book?
  • Any thoughts on the quotes here?
  • Have you seen the movie? Comments?
  • Have you ever been on a quest? I haven’t. But I will be when I go to India later this summer.

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This is one of the books I read for my Yearlong Birthday Plan.

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Favourite Quotes from Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

My copy of Help, Thanks, Wow no longer has clean pages. I underlined sentences and whole paragraphs, and paused to think. I wrote questions, reflective answers, and people’s names next to certain passages. I know I will read it again.


Which quote is your fave from this list? I can’t choose ONE.

Here are some of my favorite parts . . .

  •  Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with Someone who hears us when we speak … (4).
  • Prayer is taking a chance that against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen, and do not have to get it together, before we show up [in prayer] (5-6).
  • My three prayers are variations on Help, Thanks, Wow. That’s all I ever need . . . (8)
  • There’s freedom in hitting bottom, in seeing that you won’t be able to save or rescue your daughter, her spouse, his parents, or your career, relief in admitting you’ve reached the place of great unknowing. This is where restoration can begin … (14)
  • If one person is praying for you, buckle up. Things can happen. (19)
  • If we are going to begin practicing the presence of God for the first time today, it would help to begin by admitting the three most terrible truths of our existence: that we are so ruined, and so loved, and in charge of so little (27).
  • [There are} three things I cannot change … the past, the truth, and you (31).
  • Praying “Help” means that we ask Something to give us the courage to stop in our tracks, right where we are, and turn our fixation away from the Gordian knot of our problems. We stop the toxic peering and instead turn our eyes to something else . . . In surrender you have won. (40).
  • You say, Thank you for lifting this corner of the curtain so I can see the truth, maybe for just a moment, but in a way that might change my life forever (49).
  • Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behaviour (56).
  • When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and in the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back (57).
  • And so I prayed: “Help me not be such an ass.” This is actually the fourth great prayer… (67).
  • I hate this, the fact that life is usually Chutes and Ladders, with no guaranteed gains (97).
  • I cannot will myself into having these qualities [trust, surrender, forgiveness], so I have to pray for them more often, if I want to be happy. I have to create the habit, just as I had to do with daily writing and flossing. (98)

Thanks , Joan, for giving me this signed copy. It is a book I will keep in my library.

Your Turn . . .  If you’ve read this book, what are some of your favourite quotes?

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Motherhood: Long Days But Short Years

“I’ve been told that though the days are long, the years are short.” On the side bar of Yes, and So Is My Heart.

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Why I Put Quotes With My Signature

I like to put quotes with my signature on email. I like to change them frequently.

I choose quotes that remind me . . . 

to Growthink…act courageously…or be silly.

to Feel…what I’m feeling…the forbidden…how I did as a child.

that Life…is a gift…is hard…has a purpose.

I use quotes that inspire…outrage…hope…unordinary thinking.

My current quote is… “Living clearly and consciously takes work. I don’t mean struggle. I mean that it takes choosing. And choosing again. And then again.” Christine Kane

Quotes I’ve used and pondered in the past . . .

  • “Spend less than you make and do it for a very long time.”  Ron Blue
  • “I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.” Jennifer Yane
  • “The more I resist Him and try to live on my own, the more I become
    dominated by my own heredity and upbringing and surroundings and natural desires.” C.S. Lewis
  • “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.
    For, indeed, they are the only ones who ever have.” Margaret Mead
  • “Be strong. Have strength of heart, and do it.
    Do not be afraid or troubled, for the Lord God,
    my God, is with you.
    He will not stop helping you.
    He will not leave you until all the work
    of the house of the Lord is finished.”
    1 Chronicles 28:20

Do you use quotes with your signature? Why or why not?

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