I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to creating the perfect writing space lately.
As I posted a couple of weeks ago, I have a new writing studio, which means now I have to decorate it and create an environment that is quiet, uncluttered, creative, and nurturing.
I’ve already installed a nice comfy bed for reading and relaxing. Some of my treasures have been put in place – paintings of Bunny’s, travel photos, my hand made Mayan doll and a beautiful sculpture of a mother and child that my mum gave me. And of course, my trusty desk chair, which reclines to the perfect angle for staring out the window while plotting/day dreaming.
The new glass top desk should arrive next week and my collection of writing reference books and notes from my writing studies have finally found a home. I have also been hunting through old photos from my life and the important people who share it so they can be plastered around my desk to remind me to stay in a state of gratitude.
Gratitude because this studio is much more than a writing studio. It is a sanctuary. A place of my own, where I can escape the family, meditate, reflect, read and write to my heart’s content. I might even find some time for paid work if I get really bored
This process of building a home for Kelly the Writer has also had me thinking about INSPIRATION. About how to get more of it into my life. How to keep it there when it comes calling. How to remind myself to look for it when times get rough.
Inspiration has led me to quotes. More specifically inspirational quotes that will help push me when I need to soldier on through writer’s block or creative despair. Quotes that may help when I inevitably become confused about what my goals are and the validity of my novelist dreams.
In trawling through the archives of quotes available on the internet (how did I ever survive without Google? I don’t wonder anything anymore. I just google it!), I kept coming across one name again and again. Oscar Wilde.
Such a brilliant quip. I am sure a wittier man has never been born. And to make me extra envious of such a literary and intellectual talent, some of Oscar Wilde’s quotes are more than clever, they’re positively insightful.
Let Me Share Some Famous Oscar Wilde Witticisms
A month before his death, Oscar Wilde is reputed to have said, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has got to go.”
Although Oscar Wilde was homosexual, he once proposed to a society heiress, Charlotte Montefiore. She refused, and he wrote back with, “I am so sorry about your decision. With your money and my brain we could have gone so far.”
Once when asked by a customs officer if he had anything to declare, Wilde replied, “Nothing except my genius.”
Some of my Favorite Oscar Wilde Quotes
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.“
“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.“
“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
“I can resist everything except temptation.“
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.“
“Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.“
“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.“
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”
And my Absolute Favourite …
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.“
I feel inspired just typing this. How I love a writer with a sharp mind and the perfect turn of phrase.
What do you think of Oscar Wilde’s writings? Which quote do you like the best?
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