The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a purple passage as one conspicuous for its brilliance in otherwise dull writing. For this feature, I’m concentrating on only the “brilliant” part of the definition.
He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. – Rudyard Kipling
As books furnish a room, so do lines quoted from books furnish the landscape of our minds. This space is reserved for notable quotes from my journals and our sources with the invitation for you to add yours to mine at any time. In other words, please comment!
Although they are random in topic, I chose these quotes for at least 3 reasons: 1) they have plucked my heart-strings, 2) ignited a spark in my brain, or 3) resonated in my ear. Sometimes these ideas have even traveled to my fingers, where they become reborn as I write. A preview:
5.13.90 A camel is an animal that looks as though he had been designed by a committee. quoted by Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky
5.13.90 If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Thoreau Walden
5.24.90 I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a whole lifetime of nothing special. Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias
6.8.90 We have met the enemy and they are us. Pogo
6.8.90 One for all and all for one. Three Musketeers
Quotes are selected not always because I agree with them, but they have given me cause for pause. You will be notified when new quotes are posted.
Why people read
1.7.94 We read books to know we are not alone. William Nicholson
Love to children
4.2.89 The love you give your children is like black paper: it absorbs and you can’t see it, but you know it’s there. Mary Kalegis
7.27.91 Jacksonville . . . an Oz of blue-green skyscrapers, a city of dreams at the end of the pine-green tunnel . . . shines from a number of angles like a jewel being turned in your hand. John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
10.21.91 Relationships with the opposite sex reflect our efforts to find answers for problems with our parents. Relationships with our friends represent our efforts to find solutions for problems with our siblings. (Quoted by Shirley McLaine, who undoubtedly quoted from someone else.)
7.19.92 It occurred to her that her sanity was becoming intermittent, like a sudden stretch of intact road in an abandoned region. Or radio music, blatant after months of static. K. Braverman, Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta
2.10.96 The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose the other ages you’ve been. Madeleine L’Engle
5.8.97 Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. G. K. Chesterton
7.11.95 As long as matters are hopeful, hope is a mere . . . platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Like all Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable. G. K. Chesterton, Heretics
2nd Edition *** Published August 10, 2013 Purple Passages II with Pictures
3rd Edition *** Published September 11, 2013 Purple Passages III with Pictures
4th Edition *** Published October 12, 2013 Purple Passages IV with a Pig
5th Edition *** Published November 9, 2013 Purple Passages V November 2013
6th Edition *** Published December 7, 2013 Purple Passages VI December 2013
7th Edition *** Published January 15, 2014 Purple Passages VII with Pictures January 2014
8th Edition *** Published February 12, 2014 Purple Passages VIII with Pictures February 2014
9th Edition *** Published March 22, 2014 Purple Passages IX with a Fish & a Kiss, March 2014
10th Edition *** Published April 12, 2014 Purple Passages X with a Dragon and a Gift, April 2014
11th Edition*** Published May 14, 2014 Purple Passages XI and a Laugh, May 2014
12th Edition*** Published June 11, 2014 Purple Passages with a June Bride, June 2014
13th Edition*** Published July 16, 2014 Purple Passages with a Camel, July 2014
14th Edition*** Published August 27, 2014 Purple Passages and Feet in the Creek, August 2014.
15th Edition*** Published September 20, 2014 Purple Passages and a Mirror, September 2014.
16th Edition*** Published October 15, 2014 Purple Passages and a Teddy Bear, October 2014.
17th Edition*** Published November 12, 2014 Purple Passages and Fine China, November 2014.
18th Edition*** Published December 17, 2014 Purple Passages: Time and Tiny Tim, December 2014.
19th Edition*** Published January 17, 2015 Purple Passages: Rich Word$, January 2015.
20th Edition*** Published February 21, 2015 Purple Passages with a Weather Forecast, February 2015
21st Edition*** Published March 21, 2015 Purple Passages with a Pop of Pink, March 2015
22nd Edition*** Published April 22 , 2015 Purple Passages with the Bard of Avon, April 2015
23rd Edtion*** Published May 27, 2015 Purple Passage: Secrets of the Grimké House, May 2015
24th Edition*** Published July 18, 2015 Purple Passages in Rainbow Colors, July 2015
25th Edition*** Published August 19, 2015 Kids, Oaks, and Quotes: Purple Passages for August 2015
26th Edition*** Published September 30, 2015 Red, Yellow, Green Apples, Fall’s Traffic Lights: Purple Passages for September 2015
27th Edition*** Published January 6, 2016 My Word, It’s 2016!
28th Edition***Published January 20, 2016 Sastruga: Snowy Winter Blankets
29th Edition***Published February 29, 2016 Are You Ready for Spring?