Tag Archives: Quotes

Updating the Quotes Notebook

Was updating my Quo Vadis Habana turquoise notebook that I use to jot favorite quotes and stuff like that in, and decided it was a good photo opp. Love this Visconti Van Gogh Portrait in Blue fountain pen.




Gustave Flaubert – I am irritated by my own writing …

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
Gustave Flaubert

Hugh MacLeod – Everyone is born creative …

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

Madeleine L’Engle – Unless we are creators …

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

Edith Sodergran – The inner fire …

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
Edith Södergran

Maya Angelou – You can’t use up creativity …

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

Albert Einstein – Creativity is …

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”
Albert Einstein

Platinum Carbon Black Ink Sample

Showing some love for this Platinum Carbon Black ink sample. The irony of the quote’s message and my overdone lettering is not lost on me hahaha. Also, this clearly illustrates why I prefer a subtle grid to dots – I can’t write in a straight line to save my life. I also have problems eyeballing if things are level when hanging stuff, so…. Yep. Yay grids. 😀



David Nicholls – She drinks pints of coffee …

“She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it’s going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery.”

David Nicholls, One Day

A Quotes Notebook Collection

For anybody who keeps a quotes notebook in any form, this is a highly amusing overview of one woman’s collection. Major props for the many Tolkien references. And repeated use of leaves, haha.