“A repetição é a mãe da memória.”
Yes, a Portuguese quote this time (add this to that French quote, and we’ll have a start on going through all the language in my Quotables section!) Anyway, it means, “repetition is the mother of memory.” I am currently in Brazil, so I hope to be repeating the Portuguese I know a lot – hopefully enough so it stays in my head for a good long time! And also good enough that I learn many more phrases than I did before. Anyway, I return this week, so I should be more responsive to what’s happening in the blogsphere soon.
“Most English-speaking people … will admit that cellar door is ‘beautiful,’ especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful that, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful…”
- Tolkien, again, in English and Welsh
Funny how some words sound nice, but when written, look ugly. I never would’ve thought of cellar door as sounding nice without Tolkien pointing it out, but it does.
I have this trouble with character names sometimes. Sometimes a name just sounds better than it looks. For example, I’ve always thought “Holly Golightly” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sounded really pretty, but “Golightly” written has too many consonants together and looks vaguely German (to me). So what’s an author to do? Either change the spelling, or not use that name, I guess.
I decided my ‘Quotables‘ posts will take over for my fiction posts for a little while – I left off posting ‘Quotables’ a few months back because of school pressures, but they’re back now! Fiction will return when I have something new written to post. Today is a quote from Betsy Ray, the protagonist of Betsy in Spite of Herself, by Maud Hart Lovelace.
” My hair is wavy most of the time, but t0 manage that I have to put it up on Wavers at night, which I despise, because what am I going to do when I get married? But on the other hand if I don’t put it up on Wavers, I probably never will get married. Not that I care about getting married. But I certainly want to be asked.”
This is a quote near the beginning that introduces Betsy, and I think the author does it so well – you can just tell she’s a little young, a little unsure of her looks, and has a way of stating her opinions. I’m sure similar thoughts have crossed many girls’ minds – this and this habit of mine, if I get in a serious relationship, sure won’t be able to remain a secret forever. Also, the “not that I care about getting married, but I certainly want to be asked” – well, similar contradictory thoughts crossed my mind at that age as well.
(If you haven’t heard of Betsy In Spite of Herself, or Maud Hart Lovelace, that’s okay. The Betsy books were pretty popular in the 40s and 50s, but probably less known now. I love them because they’re like a window into the early 20th century, which is when they’re set. They’re definitely written for teenage girls, but if you run across them, they are worth reading.)
I just have time to put up a quote:
“I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people KNOW more. . .though I know that IS the noblest ambition. . .but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me. . .to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.”
- from Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery
(but sometimes I’d like to make people think about things they think they already know – or tell people about things I’ve noticed, but maybe they haven’t.)
I may do this quote-thing weekly, for as long I can find interesting quotes. I plan to do my longer post tomorrow. Anyway, here it is:
“You say the book is indecent. You say I am immodest. But Sir in the depiction of love, modesty is the fullness of truth; and decency frankness; and so I must also be frank with you, and ask that you remove my name from the title page in all future printings; ‘A lady’ will do well enough.”
- common online quote attributed to Jane Austen
Originally I had a remark about this quote that treated it as if Jane Austen had actually written this, but as commenters below pointed out, there is no evidence that Jane Austen actually wrote this. Therefore, this post will now be a post to inform readers to take the quote with extreme skepticism (as I notice my blog post comes up quite high in the search results when you search for this quote). Considering I found it in at least one library book attributed to Jane Austen, I think a warning might be useful here.
If I continue with the quote-a-week format, I will do a future post on how people’s actual words can get reduced to pithy aphorisms over time, and how the online world likes to make quotes up if the person never actually said anything clever at all. Apologies to all and hope this will help clear up any confusion!