Dreams – A Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote

Dreams

I first heard of Langston Hughes when his poem, Dreams, was included in my reading book in junior high. I was a young girl and the poem spoke to me. As I read the poem today, despite many years that have passed, I still embrace the important message from the poem. I have been called an idealist by someone who meant it as a criticism. I wear that name proudly. I don’t want to give up on the ideals that have been ingrained in me my whole life and I certainly don’t want to give up on my dreams.

Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was a poet and writer who is credited with interpreting the black experience in the United States for the world. He is an important  figure in American literary history.

On Wednesdays I participate in Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge hosted by Rebirth of Lisa.

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Dogs – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

Both of my dogs have May birthdays. I am celebrating dogs this week, so I have selected a humorous quote about dogs:

I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, “If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,” and he’d look at me like he was saying, “If you were a little smarter, I wouldn’t have to.”

–Fred Jungclaus

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On Wednesdays I participate in the Words Crush Wednesday favorite quote challenge sponsored by Lisa Tetting on her blog Rebirth of Lisa.  Check out her blog and other quotes.

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John Muir – Words Crush Wednesday Quote

John Muir

I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds us. The serenity found in nature helps to calm a stressed and restless soul. I need to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the natural wonders of which we are benefactors.

John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist and author. He was an early advocate of preservation of the wilderness it the United States.

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On Wednesdays I join Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge sponsored by Lisa on the blog Rebirth of Lisa.

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Photo Credit: Carrie Miller. View towards Silverton, Colorado, with the mountains beyond.

True Beauty – Words Crush Wednesday

imagePeople are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. –Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a psychiatrist best known for her groundbreaking book On Death and Dying wherein she introduced the 5 states of grief.  This is one of many great quotes that was attributed to her.
Click here for information about the Word Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge. March is National Women’s History Month so I am using quotes from women this month.

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[Photo from Pixabay]

Quotes by Women About Women – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten TuesdayInternational Women’s Day was on Sunday, March 8. The month of March is Women’s History Month. In honor of those two occasions, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a list of quotes by women about women. I looked for quotes that are somewhat obscure and tried to stay away from those quotes that are commonplace. However, since we all come from different places it is completely possible that just because I had not previously heard them does not mean that they are obscure.

Think about these quotes.  What are the messages they communicate about women and about men and about society?  You may agree or disagree with any of them, but it is worthwhile to think about what they suggest.

  1. Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse.  I wish him well. –Barbara Bush
  2. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. –Susan B. Anthony.
  3. The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.–Bella Abzug
  4. One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.–Marlo Thomas
  5. Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.–Golda Meir
  6. For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.–Virginia Woolf
  7. I want to do it because I want to do it.  Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. –Amelia Earhart
  8. There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.–Madeline Albright
  9. Remember Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. –Faith Whittlesey
  10. Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.–Rosalind Russell

Do any of these quotes resonate with you?  What is the most important message for women all people to hear and to embrace?

Works of Art – Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quotes Challenge

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Beautiful young people are accidents of nature.  Beautiful old people are works of art.

                                                                Marjorie Barstow Greenbie, Be YourAge, 1913      

This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.  However, concerning this quote Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandson David Roosevelt says, “Although erroneously attributed to Grandmère, it offers what might well have been her insight on friendship and her unique approach to life.”

Marjorie Barstow Greenbie was a writer, historian, and feminist who lived from 1891 to 1976.  Her books include Be Your Age from which this quote was taken; My Dear Lady: Anna Ella Carroll and Abraham Lincoln, a Biography; Personality And the Diverse Methods by Which Some Men, and Here and There a Woman, Have Achieved It; and
The Meaning of Leisure.

Click here for information about the Word Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge.  From the Rebirth of Lisa blog I learned that March is National Women’s History Month so this month I will use quotes from American women.

You can find links to other WCW quotes here.

[For this quote, I honor my own mother by using a photo of her to represent a beautiful old person.]