Ten Things of Thankful #44 (A-Z April: Quiz)

Did you ever read something which leaped off the page at you, and burned behind your eyes as though carving its meaning, with lasers, into your brain? Have you ever felt that echo – that stillness and shuddering recognition – as the meaning struck your soul like a hammer against a gong, causing your whole being to phase slightly out of reality, and back in, renewed; with fresh perspective.

I love those moments, and on this weekend where for some the meaning is no more than ‘Happy Chocolate Day’, whilst for others it’s perhaps the most profound date in their calendar, I’d love to bring you a few of my (utterly unrelated to the season) favourite quotes, found lately, and repurposed here as a QUIZ (thanks Gwen)

Look into my eyes – there’s a universe there…

So my challenge to you (and counting each of these as a moment of sublime resonance and a time when my WriterBrain screamed out loud in the ecstasy of receiving some thunderingly good Word) is to decide whether each of these Ten were written by which of the following:


(excusing, if you will, that many of these cross over – I’m going for the loosest sense of the word, and the capacity in which each creator is best known. And bonus points if you correctly identify the author of the words)
1. “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

2. “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

3. ”Language has not the power to speak what love indites: The Soul lies buried in the ink that writes.”

4. “I maintain, despite the moment’s evidence against the claim, that we are born and grow up with a fondness for each other, and we have genes for that. We can be talked out of it, for the genetic message is like a distant music, and some of us are hard-of-hearing. Societies are noisy affairs, drowning out the sound of ourselves and our connection.”

5. “Compassion – the milk of human kindness – the attitude which connects us for good, with shining, golden threads of love, bringing peace and soothing the hurts because, both in giving and receiving it, we remember that we belong to one another.”

6. “And the skilled wordsmiths who stood and burned themselves like incense to the sky made me realize why an Old Testament god might have demanded offerings. These poets hadn’t just written the words; they became funeral pyres to them.”

7. “To see the world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower/to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour”

8. “Both the loss of love and pining for an unrequited love share the same context:  Something you want but don’t have.  The difference is, having had love and losing it dismantles you, while wanting it prior to having it, pushes together every bit of you to the brink of implosion.”

9. “It’s hard as hell to hold onto your dignity when the risen sun is too bright in your losing eyes”

10. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” 

GO TO IT! And while you’re thinking – get linking…

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