3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1).
Thank you to Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over for tagging me in this challenge! Be sure to check her blog out!
The rules of the challenge :
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
- Nominate 3 new bloggers each day
Deciding on my first quote wasn’t too difficult. This is a quote that I have loved for a long time. It is one that has been paraphrased different times by different people. My favorite iteration of it is Neil Gaiman’s version from Coraline.
“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman – from Coraline
The original quote comes from G.K. Chesterton, in Tremendous Trifles, Book XVII, The Red Angel (1909). Neil Gaiman posted a Tumblr blog post about the quote and a brief history of it and the different ways it has been changed over time. If you want to, check it out here, http://bit.ly/1NIkNAd
I love this quote because of what it says about reading and the power of stories. I wrote about this in a longer post before but I love the idea of stories that villains and problems can be overcome. We get so bogged down in what is going wrong around us. We stare up at our problems and worries and we wonder how in the world we can ever get around them and defeat them.
When you read, you are all of the characters. You follow the protagonist as they fight, fail and get back up again. As you read you learn from their mistakes. You stand beside them as they try again and again to defeat whatever is standing in their way. We learn from them.
We watch as they rise to the top and they end in victory. And it gives us encouragement and hope that we can take up our own swords and defeat our own dragons. Book and stories are fantastic because they show us that nothing is impossible. Our heroes can be battered and broken but somehow and someway they are able to defeat whatever was standing in their way. Even when the ending is not a happy one, or one we wanted, we still learn lessons. Lessons we can then use to defeat our own dragons.
Time to nominate 3 other blogs. Share your favorite quotes over 3 days or if you have done it already or you are not interested, no worries, no need to do it.
1. Renee of A Bookish Delight
2. Brittneysahin of Brittneysahin
3. Eric Klingenberg of Eric’s Blog