Quotes about Writing

“I thank you for such a long letter and yet if I might choose, the next should be a longer. I think a letter just about three days long would make me happy than any other kind of one, if you please.”. Emily Dickinson. – 1858

“Never write a letter while you are angry.” Chinese proverb

“This is a dreadful letter. My eagerness to talk with you runs away with my typewriter. Forgive me.” Dorothy Thompson letter to Rose Wilder Lane 1921

“Since I have no sweet flower to send you, I enclose my heart.” Emily Dickinson

The Quotes

“One good quote is worth a book”

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Walks Emerson

“Age appears to be best in four things,- old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Alonso of Aragon

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It is to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.” Larry Niven

“Never laugh at live dragons.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Quote Journal sources

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Along with Bartlett’s, there are a number of sites that will help you either start or fill in quotes for your journal. Here are a few I have used:

I always start with search engines like Bing or Google


Brainy Quote

The Quote Garden

Motivational and inspirational quotes (allgreatquotes.com)


‘Til next time,


Types of quotes and “Ghost words”

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a rather long list of themes if you will of quotes. I won’t attempt to publish examples of all of them, but I have been assembling most of them. I call them “Ghost words” – things I wish I’d said. When I have 3-5 of each type they will appear on this blog or on My Collaged Life (Facebook page). Be on the lookout – you won’t know when they will appear!


  1. Ability
  2. Accomplishment
  3. Adversity
  4. Age
  5. Angels
  6. Artist
  7. Be yourself
  8. Being brave
  9. Believe in yourself
  10. Best Friends
  11. Book quotes
  12. Celebrate Life
  13. Character
  14. Choices
  15. Compassion
  16. Creativity
  17. Decision
  18. Difficulty
  19. Discovery
  20. Dreams and goals
  21. Duty
  22. Effort
  23. Encouragement
  24. Entrepreneur
  25. Excellence
  26. Experience
  27. Faith
  28. Famous
  29. Focus
  30. Forgiveness
  31. Friendship
  32. Funny
  33. Generations
  34. Giving back
  35. Good morning
  36. Great Day
  37. Grief
  38. Growth
  39. Habit
  40. Happiness
  41. Historians
  42. Hold on
  43. Hope
  44. Ideas
  45. Imagination
  46. Inspiration
  47. It’s a wonderful Life
  48. Intent
  49. Joy of life
  50. Keep trying
  51. Learning
  52. Life Lesson
  53. Literature
  54. Love
  55. Magic
  56. Mark Twain
  57. Miracles
  58. Moments
  59. Motivation
  60. My Life
  61. Neighbors
  62. Night
  63. Nostalgia
  64. Observation
  65. Opinion
  66. Opportunity
  67. Originality
  68. Overcoming adversity
  69. Past
  70. Path
  71. Pets
  72. Play
  73. Positive thinking
  74. Purpose
  75. Reading
  76. Renewal
  77. Respect
  78. Regrets
  79. Risk
  80. Seasons
  81. Self-Development
  82. Self-help
  83. Serenity
  84. Silence
  85. Stay strong
  86. Strong women
  87. Talent
  88. Teamwork
  89. Trust
  90. Try again
  91. Value
  92. Vision
  93. Willpower
  94. Wisdom
  95. Youth

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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