No, I'm not talking about seeking immortality through becoming a vampire, though that would be interesting, to say the least. I'm talking about accomplishing the immortality of Jane Austen, Bram Stoker, or J.R.R. Tolkien.
None of these people are alive - that I know of. Has anyone heard otherwise?
Anyway, they live on through their works. Octavia Butler is no longer here but Kindred and her other books give her a lasting legacy that will go on for countless time to come. As writers, we have a chance to create a legacy of our own by choosing NOT to give up on our dreams of becoming published authors.
So here are a few quotes to remember when giving up seems like the only way:
"Fall seven times, stand up eight." - a Japanese proverb
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene
Here's a brief visual of some new age dancing in the rain. Please note, there's music so be careful pressing the play button :-)
Quotes about never giving up can be found in lots of places. But perhaps there's something someone told you that stuck with you. What is that "something"?