Saturday, January 28, 2012

50 Days of Self-Reflection: Day 12

What is your favorite quotation? Why? What do you think this says about you?

Favorite..that’s really hard. I love quotations. I guess my favorite for simplicity and meaning is “Beauty will save the world” by Dostoyevsky. I love it because it is a simple summation of what I believe, because it inspires me, and because it looks fantastic written on my wrist in Polish.

What does it say about me..that I prefer quotations that are easy to attach to my body, and hard to live out. That I like things to be reasonably straightforward, and that I have a deep attachment to Russian writers.


  1. It's hard to pick, but here are two that come to mind most readily and that I feel the truth of in an almost physical way. Both are Viktor Frankl.

    "The salvation of man is through love and in love."

    "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."

    For me, these answer some questions I've always contemplated. I have, healthy or not, a fascination for how people manage to survive and even thrive in life, during and after traumatic experiences. In the simplest of terms it comes down to love and attitude.

  2. Is one of those going to be the tattoo?!

    Really good choices! And really interesting thoughts. I like what it says about you, & I think the fascination is healthy!

  3. Maybe! I have some time to think about it apparently, everyone says no tattoos for at least 6 months after baby is born....What's your take on tattoos while breastfeeding? Have you gotten one since Yarrow was born?

  4. I guess it depends on how much you trust your artist. I'd go pregnant, and I've been Meaning to get my "Yarrow" tattoo before now, I'll probably get it in Feb or March. You should always go to someone you trust not to be unclean, and if he's clean, your all set, there's no worries at any time, though I did put off getting anything while pregnant. :) Seth does great designs byu the way ;)

  5. Hard hard hard. If it were limited to one author or even one book, it would STILL be hard. One I have mentioned a lot in favorite quotes lists and the like, though:

    "In the end it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you."--Dumbledore (that is, J.K. Rowling)

    OK, this is practically a journal entry here. Hope you don't mind a little over-share. :)

    The quote is part of Dumbledore's explanation to Harry Potter as to why Voldemort cannot possess Harry. And I love it because there's nothing I fear more than being overtaken by evil.

    What it says about me--or at least, what I see in it for myself--is that it matters less that I've got weaknesses, that I make mistakes, even that I'm wrong about some things (aren't we all!)... what matters most is whether I love. And, being Catholic, I interpret love as the theological virtue of charity. I am SO not perfect at it, but God help me, I try. And somehow, those words give me hope.

  6. I love the thought behind that! Wow. And I love over-sharing, share on!

    It actually made me really like that quote a lot more than I thought I would when I first read it (in the book) because your reaction gave it a depth I didn't see.

    I fear possession too! But I think you're right that love (charity) even imperfectly practiced - as it always is - is good protection.