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Monday, January 23, 2012

Each and Every Journey Begins as a Quest

This is my official post for this month's CW Blog Chain despite the fact that I introduced the topic at the beginning of the month with a post. Alas, I have been busy with a new job,resurrecting and rewriting a novel, and fighting a bad cold that my thoughts on a quest post have been pushed aside. So instead I will be posting famous quotes about quests. The first is my a writer who I am not familiar with but thought he had a unique concept about a quest. The others I've added for thought and perhaps laughter as you read them. 

Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
Joseph Brodsky (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987)

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life. Bradford Marsalis

I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients. Gustave Courbet

I need more friends. It's kind of like my quest right now just to have more true friends. Miley Cyrus

I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair. Hillary Clinton

It’s all about finding the right note at the right place and knowing when to leave well enough alone. And that's a lifelong quest. David Sanborn

My quest these days is to find my long lost inner child, but I'm afraid if I do, I'll end up with food in my hair and way too in love with the cats.  Kenny Loggins

There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being. Dag Hammarskjold

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Erich Fromm

In the attitude of silence, the soul finds the path I a clearer light. What is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after the truth. Mahatma Gandhi

Be the reason I live. Be my quest, my constant vision. Be the water I drink, the treasure I seek more than gold...Jesus, Lord over all. Sonicflood

Tune in tomorrow for the beginning of a two-part interview with a suspense writer!

17 comments:

  1. That was great, thanks for sharing!My favorite one was the last one by Sonicflood.

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    1. Yes, that's a great one and a great vision.

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  2. There are some funny ones here - especially Hilary Clinto and Kenny Loggins. I think my fav is martin Luther King Jr

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    1. I believe Hillary's was a quote from when she was running for President. One of those "Why did I saw that?" moment which sounds more like a Miley than a stateswoman.

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  3. That SonicFlood song is cool.
    It is fascinating reading these quotes, seeing the different quests that people have. Some are deep, some are silly.

    It seems that you can learn a lot about a person from their quest.

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    1. Yes, it is interesting and a good reminder to be forward thinking on our quests.

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  4. great quest post good mix of quotes. :)
    biiiig hug

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  5. Christine, first, hope you're feeling much better now! Second, great post. Interesting quotes. My favorite is the David Sanborn quote: "It’s all about finding the right note at the right place and knowing when to leave well enough alone. And that's a lifelong quest." I think that's true of music and art and photography and writing, anything creative. I see it as my son writes music, notice it in his art, and have experienced it in my own writing. And I think that's what draws us back -- seeking the right word, right note, right brush stroke, right lighting, then stopping and releasing it all to breathe. Blessings!

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    1. But how hard it is for us to sometime just leave it alone!

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  6. Quotes, quotes and more quotes! I love quotes...I collect 'em. Sometimes they encapsulate the wisdom of the world in a few words. Very enjoyable. Peace, Blessings and good luck on ressurecting that novel.

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  7. Who knew Hillary Clinton had a sense of humor!

    This was a wonderful post, Chris. Lots of wisdom here.

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  8. 'The longest journey is the journey inwards' maybe sometimes its the most dangerous too because that's where we are most vulnerable. Interesting post Chris.

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  9. Chris what a great twist! I love the idea of famous quotes! Getting inside others' heads helps me understand my thought are not that scattered...LOL Loved it!

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    1. Thanks one and all on the chain for stopping by. I am faithful in reading each of your blog chain posts though at times I may be a couple days behind!

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  10. Thanks for posting these, Chris. A unique idea for the topic.

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  11. I like this quote: "Man, every note is not right in life." How true. It takes lots of practice, too!

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