During a conversation recently, a teacher friend asked me why I write. I had not expected the question, but the answer popped right out of my mouth.
"I want to leave something behind."
Afterward, I pondered on that statement. Will my writing be meaningful to anyone after I'm gone, or will my words be forgotten as soon as the last handful of dirt fills my grave? I don't know, but I'll write anyway. Somewhere along the way, whether now or later, perhaps my words will inspire, motivate, or entertain someone. Many writers have done that for me, so maybe I can do it for someone else.
Words have a powerful impact on people. They can lift you up, knock you down, or scare you silly. They can change your mood and change your mind.
The words of some authors have endured for centuries. Words give people something to hold on to when they're finding their way in the world. I believe authors should choose their words wisely.
Some words I've held onto come from voices long gone. They could not have imagined how far their influence would reach. I, too, want to leave something behind. Here are some of my favorite wise words left behind by others:
"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." --Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right." --Henry Ford 1863 -1947
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." --Winston Churchill 1874 - 1965
"Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are." --Theodore Roosevelt 1858 - 1919
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." --Henry Ford 1863 - 1947.
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