My Favorite Quotes (Day 3)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the last post of this three-day “Favorite Quotes” challenge, for which I was nominated by both Paul of The Captain’s Speech and Becky of Strikeouts + Sprinkles(Feel free to take a look at days one and two for my previous picks.) Just as a reminder, I will list the statutes of sorts for this challenge below.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Once again, I offer sincere thanks to both Paul and Becky; participating in this challenge and having the opportunity to explore my connections to certain quotations has been quite wonderful. If any of you have yet to check out their blogs, please take the time to do so now!

Also, as I have mentioned in my previous posts, since I was nominated twice, I decided to perpetuate Paul’s practice of providing two quotes per day. Upon making my selections, I found that the six of them could be easily tied to three different categories; therefore, the the third and final, which is essentially writing itself, will be the focus of this post.

Well, let us get started!


“Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.”

–Nellie Bly

I first stumbled upon this quote earlier this month, by way of the Brain Pickings article entitled “What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist,” as written by the incredible Maria Popova (whom I have written about here on this blog before). Just by the title itself, I was immediately drawn to this piece about the process through which “the trailblazing female journalist got her start at speaking truth to power.” When I read through the invigorating article, one visual captured my attention–so much so that I saved it to my photo library, even though I have little storage space left on the device: A portrait created by Lisa Congdon, which features the words “Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.”

Unlike the circumstances associated with many of the other quotes I have previously described for this challenge, I cannot say that a specific situation is closely tied to my admiration of the phrase at hand. Rather, as I first saw this quote around the time of finals week, looking back at the aforementioned portrait on my camera roll always granted me motivation–whether or not I really wanted that extra push at the time. Since the weather finally started to become pleasant when the semester came to an end, in combination with a pang of loneliness that arose at the time, there were certainly times at which I felt as though my mind was scattered. Academics are a high priority of mine, as are my personal writing sessions for this blog; thus, I worked to center myself and focus on my overarching goals amid my worries. Thinking of Nellie Bly’s quote assisted in this process, for doing so served as a reminder of how in any context, fully (and properly) dedicating my efforts to specific objectives, while closing out distractions, will allow me to be productive and reach my full potential. Now that the semester is over, I can say that I am satisfied with my work, but will persist in my attempts to become more self-assured as an individual; I wish you all success in how you apply energy toward your personal goals as well.

“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in…you will interest other people.”

–Rachel Carson

Yet again, Maria Popova’s keen sense of a great quote has resulted in my attachment to a phrase featured in a Brain Pickings article. This time around, Popova’s piece entitled “Rachel Carson on Writing and the Loneliness of Creative Work” that she promoted in mid-April is the source to which I can credit my discovery of the quotation written above. The outstanding and weighty work of Rachel Carson has been particularly inspiring to me since I was first made aware of her achievements through an environmental biology class I took; reading the Brain Pickings article only added to the depth of my knowledge regarding Carson’s process. As I mentioned before, although I generally revel in solitude, there are still many points when I wish I had more people with whom I could converse about my interests and feel understood in the process, both in-person and online. Consequently, reading the quote at hand has offered me some solace, as it further validates the notions that parents, professors, and the like have granted to me, claiming that as I keep working, I will gain an audience that finds my written endeavors valuable. Likewise, I can assert that all of my efforts on this blog have been solely the outcomes of genuine interest in their respective subjects, which, truth be told, is one of the primary reasons why I can feel some sense of pride in my output. Concurrently, I wonder sometimes if the quality (in that there is a lack thereof) is what has prevented me from gaining an amount of readers that shows consistent growth; in other words, I find that my relative greenness in this realm of content production and in the collection and distribution of knowledge itself makes me a writer who perhaps should not wish to have an audience yet. In any case, I am dedicated to seeing improvement in my work over time and am excited to see how my expression of my observations and topics of interest will proceed to help me grow as a person in general. As a reader of the work of many bourgeoning writers, I look forward to watching their growth as well.

Really, though, should I be concerned about gaining an audience at this point in my life when I am still growing in many manners? I am unsure. For the time being, I am absolutely appreciative of every single person who takes the time to view my work and/or grant me encouragement; the character of the people with which I have been lucky enough to connect here on WordPress is undeniable.

(I apologize for this melodramatic moment.)


I Am Nominating:


Well, I hope you all enjoyed these last two self-indulgent descriptions of my favorite quotes! Thank you for tuning in to this series.

-Stephanie

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