Okay, so i've written a novel, and I want to celebrate when it gets published (not for a little while yet - I still have to submit it to some places! LOL). anyways, my chapters all have star related quotes (cuz my novel is called Under a Starlit Sky). And i'd like to get a tattoo of one of the chapter headings once my book is published. But I need some help in deciding which ones. Thoughts anyone? - oh and some of these aren't directly literary but many are said (or written) by famous writers!
Quotes under the cut.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars ~ Oscar Wilde
reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul ~ Pamela Vaull Starr
reach for the stars to change the world ~ Harriet Tubman
When it is darkest, men see the stars - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night ~ Galileo Galilei
the sight of the stars makes me dream ~ Vincent van Gogh
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves ~ William Shakespeare
the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart ~ e.e. Cummings
you must have chaos within you, to give birth to a dancing star ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
he turns not back who is bound to a star ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ~ Sir Francis Bacon
Between two worlds life hovers like a star ~ Lord Byron
Would like your votes - thanks!
awww, thanks! :) i like that too. but her name apparently isn't really star - that's a pen name. Her real name was Violet Isabelle Carter Popp. I can see why she changed her name! lol that's a mouthful! :D but thank you for your opinion!
i'm so sorry to hear of your friend's passing :(. That is really tough when it is so unexpected. I am glad that this quote helped you a little :). I really like it too - it is so beautiful - and true! plus, it's short which i think is always nice for a script tattoo (i don't have any word tattoos yet, but that's just my personal opinion)
thanks for your thoughts! :)
man this is SO hard!!! SIGH. I still have some time at least before my book gets published (i'm thinking at least a few months after I submit to some publishers!) but still....doesn't help i'm so indecisive at the best of times!! lol
I really loved the Galileo quote, too! Most of these are beautiful, though, so you cna hardly go wrong ♥
Just fyi, though, I was curious about the Galileo quote, so I went Google-digging and it seems that Galileo didn't [attributably] say it. Instead, it seems to come from a 19th century poem called "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil" by Sarah Williams. In case attribution is important, that is. It's still a beautiful line.
hey thanks for letting me know about the galileo quote that it wasn't actually said by him (but i guess it's possibly about him?). but you're right it still is a beautiful line. just found and read the poem 'The Old Astronomer to His Pupil' and also just found out that part of the poem (including that line attributed to Galileo!) was used in the intro to an Ian Rankin book (one I haven't read) and i'm a big Ian Rankin fan! bizarre!
That's a cute theme, it reminded me of my favorite star quote: "Lift us up to the stars so we can dismantle reason." - Tristan Vindtorn
My favorite of the quotes you listed is the Galileo Galilei one. However, for the occasion, I think the Vincent van Gogh one is most fitting, as you seem like a dreamer inspired by the stars. :)
That is a beautiful star quote! i've never heard of it before - and the fact it's by someone named Tristan - one of my favorite names (and the name of a character in the books sequel that i'm writing right now! :)) is even better! :D
You saying the Vincent Van Gogh quote seems most fitting reminded me - I actually mention Van Gogh IN the story (because i have my Main character have a poster of his 'starry night' in his apartment - to continue the star theme) lol.
I hadn't even thought of that!!! LOL
Overdone or not but it would be odd if I voted for anything other than the Oscar Wilde quote.
I have it on my feet :P
I originally had stars on them and got the quote to fit over two feet with the 'looking at the stars' ending right beside my already inked stars :D
Personally, I think it is a truly AWESOME quote. It's my favourite, ever. Plus I'm a huge fan of Oscar Wilde.
I also really like;
When it is darkest, men see the stars - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Maybe I'm just a fan of morbid quotes.
Edited at 2011-08-14 12:06 pm (UTC)
wow thats awesome you have the Wilde quote on your feet to go along with your stars which you already had - that's so cool!
LOL that you're a fan of morbid quotes. the one thing that i don't like all too much about the EMerson quote is i'm female...and i know that the 'men' in the quote stands for all of humanity, but still....i dunno...that just makes me sound silly i guess! lol
Byron, Byron, Byron.
Not just because I love the man, but it's appropriate.
However, based on these quotes, I want to read the book.
Are you too paranoid to send an advanced digital copy to a Los Angeles based enthusiast? (One who may or may not have publishing industry contacts?)
I hate to conduct business on LJ, but a read is a read.
Thanks about your thoughts on Byron! Y'know, I think its the one I'm leaning most toward (even though its not the full quote).
And re: me sending you my book - I'm very interested...but would you mind giving me some info/background on yourself first? I don't really want to randomly send my manuscript to a stranger on the internet without knowing a bit more about them - I hope you can appreciate that! :) (I guess I AM a bit paranoid because you can never be too careful with your intellectual property!). If you are still interested could I ask that you please send me an email at: email@example.com :)
thanks for your reply! (and your interest in my book! :))
the quote is from Byron's Don Juan (which i'm sure you know if you love him!) - and the full passage is:
Between two worlds life hovers like a star,
'Twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge
How little do we know that which we are!
Of time and tide rolls on and bears afar
Our bubbles; as the old burst, new emerge,
Lash'd from the foam of ages; while the graves
Of empires heave but like some passing waves.
- gorgeous, isn't it?!
Thank you for your input! and also about my book - i'll let you all know what happens with it (it's being published later this year!).
I've decided to take a different idea for my tattoo now though...I'm going to get the tattoo that my main character has (and in the same place that he has it!).
Is that a totally awful idea?!
The tattoo (on my character) originally was 'All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world'. but I thought that was a bit too long (it's on my characters inner upper arm/bicep)!
But I've changed it to the Lord Byron quote that's mentioned above: 'Between two worlds life hovers like a star' because it fits the whole story more :) (and its shorter - for the small space of the upper inner arm! :)).
Plus, there's books 2 and 3 that I've written that I mention the tattoo in ... so...
Just wanted to mention that the one quote was not actually said by Galileo, although it is very often mistakenly attributed to him on the internet. It's actually from a poem by Sarah Williams. Beautiful quote, though, regardless. One of my favorites.