Monday, November 5, 2012

romance and pancakes. and lightsabers.

Listening To: Deeper than the Holler by Randy Travis 
I got to eat lunch: with the awesome author and my even awesome-er friend Jenny B. Jones. As you can see, we totally dazzled the guy seated behind us. (For serious, Jen's a little bit too awesome.)

So a few months ago, I mentioned an article I was writing, and the part that I absolutely loved but that I was 99.99% sure would be edited out. Lo and behold, the quote survived! Prepare to be inspired:

It reads: "Maybe, finally, this is the year you got kissed under the mistletoe. (Mistletoe is totally a parasite. I don't really get the allure, but whatever.) (But seriously, I think it'd be more awesome to be kissed under an IHOP sign. And then you could go in and split some chocolate chip pancakes. That's romantic.)"

I almost pinned that quote, just for kicks, but I guess I'll leave it be. But speaking of Pinterest! One my favorite things about that site is the zillions of Nutella recipes and Henry Cavill pictures finding so many fun and inspirational quotes. (This is my quote board.) (Just realized: the fact that I pin stuff like Lightsaber chopsticks instead of wedding dresses or wedding-anything ... along with the above quote of pancakery ... is probably a sign that my idea of "romance" is very skewed ... ;)

Most of those quotes are from people, not fictional characters. But if I had to pin down my favorite literary quotes (besides the ones on ye olde sidebar), I think I'd pick these:

From Charlotte's Web: 

 "What are your names, please?" asked Wilbur, trembling with joy.
  "I'll tell you my name," replied the first little spider, "if you'll tell me why you are trembling."
"I'm trembling with joy," said Wilbur.
  "Then my name is Joy," said the spider.
From The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: 
"... you were born with a word on your tongue."
From The Last Battle by CS Lewis
"But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."

(It's near impossible to pick one quote from Narnia though, don't you think?)

And from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 

"Always," said Snape.

; )

(Again, who can pick one quote from HP? But I love that one because three words, just three words, punched me so squarely in the heart. It doesn't really make sense out of context, I guess. But in context, it's perfection.) 

Will you share your favorite quote-of-the-moment down in the comments? I'm in serious need of inspiration this week. And considering that I'm inspired by pancakes and Lightsaber chopsticks, pretty much anything is fair game. How's your November going? :) 


  1. That Narnia quote is one of my favorites ever. As far as Narnia goes, I also love the one from Prince Caspian where the Pevensies and DLF are lost and one of the boys, I think Edmund, says, "That's the trouble with girls- they can never carry a map in their heads." And one of the girls says, "That's because our heads already have something in them." Ha. :)

    Just last week I stumbled across this quote: She believed she could so she did. And it sort of shook up my world, in a good way, and made me wonder why I am so afraid and doubtful.

    Also, this fall I've been thinking of a Charlotte's Web quote every time I see a red-leaved tree: "A little maple tree in the swamp heard the cricket song and turned bright red with anxiety."


  2. P.S. I meant to mention that the mistletoe part of your quote sounded like something Luna Lovegood would say. Then I remembered she doesn't think it's a parasite, but she does think it's usually infested with nargles. :)

    1. I love this! How could I forget the Nargles?! :) And yes YES on Caspian. Is Caspian the book where Edmund smashes the big image of the white witch? That scene gives me chills. That's what helped me decide that Edmund is the bravest kid in Narnia. I also love "She believed she could so she did." My mom gave me a tiny canvas with those words on them a few years ago. I keep it propped on my bookshelf. You should embroider that!

  3. Love that you got to spend time with Jen! If I'm remembering correctly, when I met her at She Speaks, she said you guys hadn't yet met in person. That flabbergasted me. So was this the first time?

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  4. Oh I love this quote of yours, Natalie! :) Also, yes, was this the first time you and Jen met face-to-face? How epic!!

  5. OH. Love. Those quotes. The Last Battle is one of my very favorite. And trust me, that's saying something. Plus, I just got my Susie mag and I was so excited to see those couple of lines in there. :)

  6. It never ever falls you always blog on my worst days. Thank you.
    Quotes are likely soul food, they're my life. I don't think I can pick what to put here. I love all John Green's quotes, and his brother Hank is also amazing in the quote department. I will forever love the quote "fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." Gah. And basically everything that Markus Zusak ever wrote. I also adore the words of Winston Churchill. He's a favorite. :) is that weird, to love a Prime Minister of England? When I'm a twenty first century American girl?

  7. So glad you linked to your quotes board. I love it! And your IHOP quote is great, too. I agree; chocolate chip pancakes are much more romantic.

  8. Hi! Found your blog via Caryn's and just had to comment on this post, because I'm a total quote fanatic. I have (no exaggeration) dozens of books filled with them, not to mention plaques, tiles, wall hangings ...

    My current favorite from a book is: "We get so used to thinking success means one thing. Like you can take a snapshot and see if you have it. It’s not like that. It’s your whole life, and you have years and years to work with. I always want to tell young people, don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is long. Be patient."

    Love, love, LOVE it! :)

  9. I could go on all day but I'll try not to!!!! = )
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  10. This is from a movie, not a book, but I love it just the same.
    "I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairytales." ~August Rush

  11. I have definitely gifted the light saber chopsticks to several of my friends. If you're looking for the best deal, it's on Amazon.

    As far as inspiration goes... I don't have a quote, but I do have "Paper Sails" by Stu Larsen for your listening pleasure.

  12. that quote from the last battle is a good one :) it was actually used in my dads funeral. okay, quotes. this one is a fantastic one that i read in a book by chad eastham recently:

    "The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us as if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only comes through them, and what came through them was longing. These things-the beauty, the memory of our own past-are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of the flower we have found." -C.S. Lewis

    and then there's this one, which is from an episode of a tv show called the middle, and it just makes me laugh. see if you can find a clip of it or something on youtube:

    "So, you're in a rough patch. you know who else was in a rough patch? Jesus. He was dead. But three days later, he was back on his feet, rocking it ressurection style." -Reverend Tim Tom

    i found it! anyways, i have so many quotes bouncing around in my brain (mostly from my pinterest and the bible, both of which you have access to), but those are the two i felt like sharing.