In Others’ Words: Share a Quote

Honesty Legacy quote 1.13.15

I’m not blogging about honesty today — I’m just being honest with you all.

The truth is, I’m exhausted. The kind of tired that deposits grit in your eyes and weighs down your steps and makes you stumble over your words, to the amusement of friends and family. Earlier today I was searching for a particular word and the only one I could think of close to the one I wanted was “umbrage.”

Umbrage. Not your normal, everyday word.

I’ll take my honesty one step further: I’m exhausted and I’m probably going to be at a certain functional level of tiredness for the foreseeable future. Why? Well, I’ve been diagnosed with a frozen right shoulder. Lovely ailment that, especially when I was told my shoulder had to “melt” in order to get better. I honestly thought the physical therapist and the surgeon were displaying a bit of (warped) medical humor at my expense … but no, that’s exactly the medical terminology for the progress of this condition. A person’s shoulder freezes … and then it needs to melt.

And for all the funny terminology, frozen shoulder is painful. And the condition also disrupts your sleep. I read the Mayo Clinic’s website about frozen shoulder and it listed lack of sleep as one of the consequences of frozen shoulder — but I already knew that. I kind of wander the house these nights — my husband calls me a “nomadic sleeper” — and then there are nights (like Monday night) that, well, I don’t sleep at all.

So now to the reason I am being so honest with you, my friends.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for a blog post. But exhaustion is winning out against my want to … and I decided to do something completely different! If this works — well, it’s a bit of brilliance fueled by exhaustion (which is exactly how this blog was born). If it fails … well, we’ll just chalk it up to exhaustion too, right?

The quote from Shakespeare is one of my favorite quotes: No legacy is so rich as honesty. As a matter of fact, it’s on the list of Top 20 Quotes that people receive when they subscribe to my blog.

Here’s my request today: Would you please share one of your favorite quotes with us? I’d love to hear some of your favorites and possibly highlight them on the blog in the future. Oh, and if you’d like to tell others about In Others’ Words, make sure to let them know they get a list of my Top 20 Favorite Quotes when they subscribe to my blog

In Your Words: What’s a favorite quote of yours? (Yes, I’m repeating the question on purpose! Please share one or two or more of your favorite quotes in the comments below — and share why you like the quote too!) 

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  1. January 14, 2015, 12:53 am   /  Reply

    I am so sorry about that darn shoulder! But as they say in NASCAR…now you gotta melt it.

    Favorite quotes…here goes…

    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra

    “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.” – Keith Richards

    • January 14, 2015, 5:23 pm   /  Reply

      Hadn’t heard the NASCAR “Now you gotta melt it”quote before it.It just may become my motto. Me and NASCAR.
      I like it.
      And Yogi Berra … well, he had a way with quotes, didn’t he?

      • January 14, 2015, 5:53 pm   /  Reply

        Love the potential motto, and now you just have to cue up “Sweet Home Alabama” when your website comes up.

  2. January 14, 2015, 5:39 am   /  Reply

    Came across this one recently, and really like it.

    “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” ~George Iles

    I am hopeful that the God who mends our wounds and melts our frozenness is more than able to accomplish what concerns us today. Even in the dark.

    • January 14, 2015, 5:24 pm   /  Reply

      Love that hope quote.
      Are you on Pinterest, Mary? You might want to start a HOPE quote board.

  3. January 14, 2015, 7:10 am   /  Reply

    I love this quote and think I got it from you: “The brook would lose its song if we removed the rocks.”
    ~Wallace Stegner, novelist
    I don’t like your report, though I love you and your honesty. In fact, I am/we are as scripture says declaring continual war on the report for things to turn around “suddenly” and heal just fine with no earthly explanation. Lots of prayers and loving thoughts coming your way today and as long as needed.

    • January 14, 2015, 5:24 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you for your faithful, prayerful friendship, Dee.

  4. January 14, 2015, 7:40 am   /  Reply

    I collect quotes, and there are tons that I love, but the one I’m thinking about a lot these days is from Socrates: “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

    I, like lots of people, have a tendency to filling my days and nights and mind with lots of activity. I’ve read more than one place recently articles lamenting the epidemic of busy-ness these days. But it’s easy to use activity–busyness–to hide from the hard work of thinking and feeling. This year one of my three words for the year is simplify, and part of that is weeding out the extraneous activity and obligations and busy-ness to allow space to do that really hard work (the thinking and the feeling).

    I sure hope you’re feeling better soon. That sort of persistent pain is disruptive (to say the least!).

    • January 14, 2015, 5:25 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, yes, yes … persistent pain is disruptive Laura. Spot on!

  5. January 14, 2015, 7:45 am   /  Reply

    I LOVE quotes!! There are so many great ones. I had a lot of fun finding and using quotes in my last manuscript. Here’s one of my favorites…

    “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” – T.S. Eliot.

    Praying healing for you…and sleep. 🙂

    • January 14, 2015, 5:26 pm   /  Reply

      Another “What, you too?” moment, Cathy.
      And I do love T.S. Eliot.

  6. Gail Hollingsworth
    January 14, 2015, 8:12 am   /  Reply

    Some of my favorites: Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil…it has no point.

    A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.

    Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

    It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

    These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says,
    ‘ For fast relief.’

    “Aspire to inspire before you expire”

    “Every morning is the dawn of a new error”

    “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting…”

    • January 14, 2015, 5:26 pm   /  Reply

      Gail, with your quotes, you put the smile in my day.

  7. January 14, 2015, 9:03 am   /  Reply

    So sorry about your shoulder. I can only imagine how they will get your shoulder to “melt.”

    My quote comes from Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over until…no, not that one… this one: It’ ain’t over until it’s over. 🙂

    • January 14, 2015, 5:27 pm   /  Reply

      And Yogi Berra does it again.


  8. Ashley
    January 14, 2015, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

    I’m so sorry about your shoulder! I hope it “melts” soon!

    I love quotes and have tons of favorites, but here are three I really love.

    Never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, All human wisdom is summed up in these two words, – Wait and hope!-Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

    Every decent and well-spoken individual affects and sways me more than is right. I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

    It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Mark Twain

    • January 14, 2015, 5:28 pm   /  Reply

      Ooooh! New quotes!!!
      Love ’em!

  9. January 14, 2015, 1:31 pm   /  Reply

    I’m so sorry sleep has been a stranger my friend.

    Okay, quotes. Let’s see. I have a few that I really like.

    Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
    ~C.S. Lewis

    “Laughter is an instant vacation.”
    –Milton Berle

    And one of my absolute favorites: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” ~Franklin D Roosevelt.

    Praying sleep for you tonight my friend!

    • January 14, 2015, 5:29 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you for your prayers, Jeanne.

      And those quotes are great.

      You know laughter is my favorite sound, so I especially like the Milton Berle quote.

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