Post 20150924 (3 Days, 3 Quotes–Quote #3)

Day three of the challenge. I’ll repost the rules, one last time. See the first post if you want to see who I tagged.

In a nutshell, here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

2. Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything that inspires you… Which means, it can be from yourself, too!

3. On each of the three days, nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this mission impossible endeavor (if they dare!)

Here’s my quote for Day Three:

“Oh you’ll have your heart broken… Is that what you’re waiting to hear? It’ll be broken, all right. But you’ll never get anything done if you walk around with an unchipped heart. That the way of it, boy.”

–Peter Straub, Shadowland

This book a was a revelation to me when I was a teenager, and this quote has remained with me for almost forty years. I’ve never found it to be contradicted.

6 thoughts on “Post 20150924 (3 Days, 3 Quotes–Quote #3)”

  1. Great quote. It is related to what I commented on your poem 20150924. People tend to want the perfectly unblemished heart, but it is the “chipped heart” that has lived. I am reminded of a passage from David James Duncan’s novel “The Brothers K” (awesome book) in which (working off my memory) the grandfather tells the grandson: To be a great hitter in baseball, it is not about getting the pitch you want. It is wanting the pitch you get. Even the one that strikes you out. Even the one that hits you in the head.”

    1. It’s always strange for me to try to get people to read this book. It’s kind of in the horror genre, and at the time, a lot of people were very snobby about it. Straub is a fantastic writer with real literary chops. And the book really did kind of shape my world view, for better or worse. And that thought was maybe the first real grown up thought that I had.

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