Two Tramps In Mudtime

One of my graduate school mentors used to recite a passage from Robert Frost’s Two Tramps in Mudtime.  I heard him say it so many times in conversations to his students and quoting it during his lectures that I began to memorize it.  Robert Frost passed away in Boston, MA 50 years ago to the day. Here is the last stanza of that poem.  It sums up much of what I’m about.

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.

14 favorite literary themed quotes

quote, quotation marks, writingEverybody can use a little inspiration, especially when writing.  Here’s a few quotes that I’ve tracked down to do just that.  If they don’t inspire you, maybe they’ll make you laugh, or think – and then I’ll feel like I contributed in a way:

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” ~ Stephen King

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” ~ Ayn Rand

“The first draft of anything is shit!” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. ~ Ray Bradbury

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ~ Jack Kerouac

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“What is art? Prostitution.” ~ Charles Baudelaire

“My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.”
~Robert Frost from Two Tramps in Mudtime

“Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.” ~ John Steinbeck

“We have art to save ourselves from the truth.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

What’s your favorite quote?