“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.”
I have a dream that one day I will write a book. I have tried to write several and got no further than a few pages. I think that I lack the discipline, for discipline is certainly needed in writing. I need it just to write my blog. Someday I will settle down more to writing I hope because I really enjoy it, not so much because I want to be remembered as Louisa said!
“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end. (Jo March)”
I know this feeling!! I turn over new leaves all the time. Make plans, feel sure that I will stick to them and they fall by the wayside, just like falling leaves do in the autumn. To me though that isn't always such a terrible thing. I keep on getting back on the horse - as another saying goes! - and trying again. I turn over yet another new leaf and move on and don't give up. That is what counts I think.
“Conceit spoils the finest genius.”
In literature a "conceit" is a metaphor to give deeper meaning to a comparison. Does Louisa mean this? Does she mean that by using a conceit in their writing they are not writing as well as if they just wrote what they had to say? Or does she mean a conceited person, one who has a greater feeling of their own worth than is perhaps fitting for them? Either way it is an interesting thought.
“Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can”
Surely a good thought for us all to bear in mind! I think that I mostly keep good company and although there some that I come across that I would not always describe as such I do my best to be polite and then keep them at arms length! I do try and read good books, although the list in my sidebar may not seem to reflect that! Hopefully over time it will change. As for cultivating the soul, well that is a lifetimes work for any of us isn't it!!
"Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.”
I like this quote best of all I think - other than the next one which is just for fun really! Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but really that is all about determination isn't it. Being determined to keep on, to keep going, and to see it through no matter what. Determination is a bit like turning over the new leaves. We have to keep going and keep turning those leaves over no matter what!
This one is a bonus! It is a fridge magnet that I bought last year when we visited Orchard House Louisa's home - you can find my post by clicking Louisa's name in the labels at the end of this post.
I love this, it reminds me that no woman really thinks that housekeeping is the greatest thing, we do it because we need to, to keep our homes and families, but it certainly isn't a joke doing it is it!
These sayings are all - apart from the last one - are taken from here.
Last Friday was 9/11. I wrote a whole post about it, more than once - see the first quote above in this post! Then I decided that I just couldn't share it with you, it seemed to be trivial and yet too much at the same time. Perhaps I am just not ready to share my memories of that day. I wanted you to know though that I wasn't trying to ignore the day and I hope that my post reflected that. There might be more to come, or not. I am contrary like that.
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