Three Quote Challenge Day 3: 16.02.2016

Susan Langer, whom many of you know through the Friday Fictioneers, Share Your World, and many other challenges, has invited me to participate in the Three Quote challenge. Read more about Susan on my post for Day 1 of the challenge.
You can find Susan’s writings on her personal blog, and on her other blogs, Susan’s blog. The Inner Soul, Susan’s Creative Writing and Poetry, and Susan’s Devotional Journal. Please go and check it out, there’s something there for everyone. Thank you, Susan, for inviting me to this interesting challenge. I had a lot of fun finding these quotes.

I’ve been focusing on quotes about writing by Ursula K. Le Guin. Today you’re getting more than one. These are quotes I’ll be using as my mantra… especially the last one. I’m far too focussed on plot.



“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
“I think hard times are coming. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries, the realists of a larger reality.”
“Lying is the misuse of language. We know that. We need to remember that it works the other way round too. Even with the best intentions, language misused, language used stupidly, carelessly, brutally, language used wrongly, breeds lies, half-truths, confusion. In that sense you can say that grammar is morality. And it is in that sense that I say a writer’s first duty is to use language well.
“Well, the secret to writing is writing. It’s only a secret to people who don’t want to hear it. Writing is how you be a writer.”

“The story is not in the plot but in the telling.

– Ursula K. Le Guin”


These are the rules for this challenge:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.
  3. On each of the three days, nominate three folks who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

As with many challenges, the rules can be bent a little, if need be, to fit in with people’s blogging schedules. Some bloggers have posted all three quotes in one day. I’ve seen other people posting them over three weeks rather than three days. It’s really up to you how you complete the challenge.

And so, for day one, I nominate:

Dawn from The Day After
Liza from LadyLeeManila
Plaridel from Musings of a random mind

I see this as a fun challenge, something to get to know each other a bit better.

Featured image: Rose of Galaxies
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble’s eye at an especially photogenic pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. This image is a composite of Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 data taken on December 17, 2010, with three separate filters that allow a broad range of wavelengths covering the ultraviolet, blue, and red portions of the spectrum.
Hubble was launched April 24, 1990, aboard Discovery’s STS-31 mission. Hubble discoveries revolutionized nearly all areas of current astronomical research from planetary science to cosmology.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)



5 thoughts on “Three Quote Challenge Day 3: 16.02.2016

      1. Thank you for these kind words. I’m nominated for quite a few but unfortunately am not able to do any at the moment or I’d not be able to work on my other projects. I’m happy to know well-read individuals like you because I get to add more interesting books to my reading list. I appreciate this post so much. The timing today was right on. Thank you again.

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  1. Ooh, more great quotes! I can see why you couldn’t restrain yourself to just one on this last post. The last two are my favorites. The secret to writing is writing — so obviously true, and yet I think we all have to be reminded of that sometimes!

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