Monday, December 5, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

And I'm Telling You

That life is fun and frenzied.  And it doesn't have to be so final.
(photo credit)

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"?

32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Writing immortality! I can't prove it, but I think L Ron Hubbard is still alive...
At some point I heard it's not over until you're dead and that stuck with me. Of course, so did Galaxy Quest's "Never give up, never surrender!"

Maria Zannini said...

The quote I live by is something I learned a long time ago.

There are forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

Angela Cothran said...

"Do something everyday that scares you" - Eleanor Roosevelt.

I love quote. Thanks for sharing :)

David P. King said...

"A failure to plan is a plan to fail."

Yep. I'm a plotter! :)

Krispy said...

Thanks for the pep talk on Monday. Always good to have a pick-me-up at the start of the week! :)

Shelley Munro said...

Good post, Angela. I've always thought that Nike's slogan is a good one.

Just do it!

It says everything to me :)

Sherry Parker said...

Fear of failer: If you never try, then you've already failed...

I'm not sure if this is from somewhere, or I came up with it -but I've said this to my kids, and it's words I live by.

CNHolmberg said...

Well, there's a lot of speculation that Jane Austen is living -dead-, so that kind of counts...

raelynbarclay said...

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene

Love it! Great list of quotes Angela.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I have a poster in my classroom that says: If you have tried and failed, then you're in good company.

Beneath that line are pictures of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower (and on other president who escapes my mind, even though I see that darn poster every day!). There's a caption below each picture, explaining just how each man failed miserably ... before ultimately becoming President.

They achieved immortality, too, of sorts. (Except maybe for the one I can't remember, lol!)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Ah! I needed that! What wonderful quotes. I especially like the one about learning to dance in the rain. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I always listen to Chumbawumba's "Tubthumper" when I feel down. That's the one where they get knocked down and get up again, in case you were wondering. ^_^

Angela Brown said...

This is wonderful! All these amazing and inspiring quotes and sage sayings. How can a person NOT be inspired to try, try and try again!

Thanks to all for sharing. I must admit, I'd never seen the lyrics for Chumbawumba's song. I think I'll stick with the main "I get knocked down, but I get again" part. :-)

Sangu Mandanna said...

Living forever in art. It's a nice thought. It's a shame you often have to have died first before achieving that eternal fame, though :-)

Love that Step Up 2 clip!

1000th.monkey said...

Certainly my husband's favourite line, "feel the fear and do it anyways."

...and my own personal motto is, "try anything new, and try it twice." ...'cause sometimes new experiences are awful the first time, but if you try it a second time, you love it. :)

...like snowboarding ;) boy was that a horrible first experience ;)

J. A. Bennett said...

I'm not big on quotes but I do love the Walt Disney one at the end of "Meet the Robinsons" KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

Jessica Silva said...

"just be you."

and what am I? a writer. so I'm going to write!

Rance said...

Angela,

Someone told me sometime to "just stay golden." I don't even remember what it was in reference to, but it's a phrase that I like to apply to everything that I try to do. I try to stay golden to friends, in my work, in my creative outlets: true to myself, true to others, true to the thoughts that inspire me and the ideas that flourish. I don't think I'll ever be able to be immortal, but hopefully my characters will be one day, and I'll be able to latch onto their coat-tails and fly along for the ride!

Talli Roland said...

Oh, I love Maria's quote! I'm rubbish at remembering quotes, but I do love reading them.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure who posed this question but I like: What would you do if you knew you could not fail.

LD Masterson said...
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LD Masterson said...

I'm not sure who posed this question but I like...What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

SanWrites said...

GREAT post! Especially all the comments.
Favorite: "Just stay golden"

bridgetstraub.com said...

What a great post, especially for someone whose book, Searching for My Wand is coming out very soon and is nervously calculating what needs to be done next to be sure it gets noticed. I live by the thought that words have power!

Tanya Reimer said...

Love all the quotes!! My fave is "Never do anything that wouldn't make your mother proud."

My daughter told me the other day, "Too easy-- you're always proud of us."
I looked up slowly- "You don't give me a reason not to be."
My son added, "Yeah, you stayed outta juvi!" hahaha. brats.

Cherie Colyer said...

Okay, Tanya had me laughing too hard. Got to love our children.

Angela, you already have one of my favorites:

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain.

And I've often tell myself, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Jenna Cooper said...

For me, Josh Groban's "Don't Give Up" is my song to keep my motivated to keep going.

Nadja Notariani said...

This isn't really a quote...but applies.
* Thomas Edison made over 100 failed lightbulbs before he made one that worked.
* Romance writer Danielle Steel wrote a novel that went big....then she wrote 5 - that's five - more that no one would touch with a ten foot pole. Her motto was-----keep writing! I loved what she said in an interview earlier this year...'Just think where I'd be if I had given up after two or three or even five failures.

Gotta love that sort of 'stick-to-it-edness'!

Jolene Perry said...

Try a little harder, to be a little better.

Just seemed so much easier that way.

Lydia Kang said...

"The one sure way to ensure failure is to give up."

That's one I always remember when it comes to trying to get published!

Deana said...

Awesome quotes! I am horrible at coming up with my own so these are great:)

Christy Farmer said...

"Ain't no sense in all your crying. Just pick it up and throw it into shape."

Just gotta love INXS :-)

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