“Th[is] Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival… It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” – John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail
I adore quotes.
They are simple, straightforward and ripe for interpretation.
A quote allows me to meditate on its meaning, gain insight into my feelings or inspire me to live life in a better way tomorrow. I have quotes on my desk and the walls at work. I have them printed out and framed in my home. Being surrounded by words is a comfort.
Someone else once felt a certain way I did or would want to feel.
I started squirreling away quotes in high school. I had a blank journal with red roses on it. Towards the end of my sophomore year I began writing down quotes that “spoke” to me. Quotes that had meaning to me or others that I just found plain comical!
That journal is long since gone. My handwriting is nowhere near as beautiful as it was back then (thank you rheumatoid arthritis) so I store my quotes on my computer. They are just as meaningful saved away in a Word doc but nowhere near as beautiful.
For a number of reasons (most importantly being as a blogging exercise!) I decided to share some of my favorite quotes and the reasons I love them. I can also embellish them with stories or pictures as I see fit.
These are words that mean something deeply special to me and I hope they bring about a measure of interest for you all as well.
Crucial Quotes #1
It is only fitting that I begin with a quote from Mr. John Adams 2nd President of the United States and the Nation’s 1st Vice President, instrumental in the formation of the United States and writer of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which provided the outline for the U.S. Constitution.
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826)
Sometimes daring to speak my mind has lost me friends, family and lovers.
Writing what I am passionate about has always brought me release and provided me with a passion matched by few other things.
My brain has been churning away ever since I can remember. Fertile and full of imagined stories and fantastical ideas. I was born a perpetual dreamer.
And reading….what better place for the dreamer to enter than the world of the written word? Libraries and my parent’s bookshelves were the most wonderous places to me. When I was small I would hole up in my closet with a blanket and book, perfectly content to remain there on Saturday afternoons reading Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables.
I certainly cherish knowledge. I believe we are never too old to stop learning. There is always something new and sparkly around each corner of the day. Mr. Adams reminds us not to take it for granted. Share the spark of your mind and engage with the world!