Quote of Inspiration

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Atilla and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Quote 2 of 52

This week's quote is from my second-favorite author (it's hard to write that because I love him so) - W. Somerset Maugham. My actual favorite author is Hemingway.....sigh. But, Maugham is a true love of mine, and he is the author of my favorite book - The Razor's Edge. That book led me to join the Peace Corps. It led my sister to head off to Europe and attend cooking school. And when my brother read it, he quit his job and beat-feet for Jackson Hole. My youngest sister refuses to read it. I can see her point.

Anyway, this quote is appropriate for this week's Fig, about which I will write more tomorrow.

For now........the quote:

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

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