Word Ghosts -Advice

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The Ghost Words follow the advice of others:

“If I took the advice of everyone else, my life would be bits and pieces of everyone else’s life, rather than my own'” Denise .

“She generally gave herself very good advice, though she very seldom followed it.”

Lewis Carroll (Alice ‘ Adventures)

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” Judy Blume

‘Til next time,



Word Ghosts – things I should have said

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following word ghosts comment on Ability.


“It’s not my ability, but my response not God’s ability, that counts'”  Corrie Ten Boom

“Ability is of little account without opportunity” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Ability hits the mark when presumption overshoots and confidence falls short”Gilda Meir





Quotations, proverbs, sayings.. why would anyone want to save them?


Dear Fellow Journalers,

We have all been inspired at one point or another in our lives, by a quote or saying that meant something to us. It reminded us of who we were; what our life’s philosophy was; or what was ultimately important to us.  So we wrote the quotes, proverbs or sayings down. Some were snippets from text books. Some were sayings. Some may have been whole poems. Many of us wrote them down on “the fly”, on scraps of paper we stuck in books. Some of us highlighted the passages and some wrote them in a journal.

My earliest quote journal was a small brown covered notebook that fit in my pocket. I copied quotes from characters in my favorite books or lines of poems. The lyrics from a folk song that was popular in the 1960’s is on one page.

So, where does one find quotes? Books, as I’ve said before are a major contributor not only the words from the characters but the author as well. One of the earliest books dedicated to quotations is Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. It was first published in 1882 and of course revised and updated many times since.

Family sayings should be in your journal too, along with the person who said it most often. There is a line in one of my favorite movies, Notting Hill where the male  lead character played by actor Hugh Grant  says “whoopsy daisy” and the female character, played by Julia Roberts says “Nobody says that anymore!” to which he  says “my sister used to say it all the time.”

Some other sources include: magazines, religious books, Facebook, Pinterest (this site has a lot of pictures also), search engines like Bing or Google, e-mail (some people include a favorite quote as a tag line after their signature), lyrics and movies.

Needless to say, when you delve into the topic of quote journaling, you can immerse yourself in millions of quotes and sayings. In the coming weeks we will explore how to put the journal together, the different themes and some web  sites to get you started.

‘Til next time,


P.S. Thank you to Denise and G for contributing many of the quotes that follow in the next weeks and months. If you want to contribute, please email me at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com





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