Hello all you writers out there, Adair Heitmann here writing to you today about quotes. Not the quotation marks that all of us writers use, but the inspirational kind. As a young artist, graphic designer and dancer I kept a manilla folder bulging with inspiring quotes. One quote in particular, by the American choreographer Martha Graham, was push-pinned to my studio bulletin board for years. Now yellowed and brittle, the actual 3×5 index card resides in one of my art scrapbooks, a reminder of the power of the written word.
“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” -Raymond Hull
Until the quote introduced itself to me, I had not heard of Raymond Hull (1919-1985) Canadian playwright, television screenwriter, and lecturer. He wrote many non-fiction books, numerous magazine articles, short stories, and poetry. He is best known as the co-author of the book The Peter Principle with Laurence C. Peter.
What’s striking to me is the dare to be unique thread that runs through each quote. As writers it helps to be reminded to stay true to our own words, our own truths, our own visions, and tell the best stories we can.
Until next time, keep on writing!