I came across this quote that I had copied many years ago from Tolstoy’s
War and Peace.
“You’re like this house, you suffer, you show your wounds, but you still stand.”
It’s odd. Words, quotes, the thoughts and ideas of others come to me in moments. If I write a quote down, it’s usually because I need it at the time. In that single moment, with the particular circumstances of my life, I was snagged by this quote. Sensing its significance, I wrote it down on a scrap of paper (as I tend to do). And, however many years later, I rediscover it. Like a beacon. Or at least a reminder.
I read War and Peace once upon a time. I doubt that I’m going to read it again. But I remember that I valued what I received from it. I went through a brief period of reading Russian literature. Perhaps it was because my life resembled a Russian novel at the time. It seemed I could connect with the array of characters and some of their circumstances in ways that I could not connect with my friends who seemed more frivolous or superficial in those days.
The thing about a quote is that if it continues to resonate over the years, it could be placed in your file of quotes that ring true over time. Do you have such a file?
For today, do you have a favorite quote that you return to time and again and feel either validated, supported or refreshed by? Would you like to share it here under comments? Thanks.