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To quote or not to quote

blogDSCN0239.jpgIf you’re a regular reader of Mama’s Empty Nest, you probably have noticed by now that I love quotes. My “signature” at the end of each blog post I compose includes an accompanying quote fitting the subject. 

I’ve always loved words. And I’ve always enjoyed reading other’s words especially when they invoke profound meaning or touch my heart in some way. 

That’s why I keep quotes. I truly do. I started a quotes notebook in my college days (more than 40 years ago). I have retained that old notebook, now filled with pages of handwritten quotes I’ve gathered, and open it regularly.

In between the hand-written lined pages, more inspirational sayings written on scraps of paper, are stuffed. I keep adding to my treasured notebook whenever I come across a quote that ‘speaks’ to me.

A dear friend of mine once gifted me with a book of quotations, and I have another online version of a quotation book on my Kindle app. Those three sources are my go-to when I am in need of a meaningful saying.  And if I don’t find what I’m looking for in any of those, I tap into the internet.

Last week, one of my fellow bloggers, who also uses lovely quotations in her writing, nominated me for a perfect ‘throw down’ – the 3 Day 3 Quote Challenge.

So this week on Mama’s Empty Nest is going to be a bit different. Instead of publishing written posts with my own thoughts, I will combine this quote challenge with another activity I enjoy – photography.

It will kind of be like what I post on Wordless Wednesday except with words. A photo with a quotation that fits it well like my first entry above.

But first things first, I must thank my blogger friend Yamina at Faith/Love/Soul for nominating meThank you, Yamina! We have a shared love of good quotes!

Here are the rules for the 3 Day 3 Quote Challenge

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

Easy peasy except for rule number three; I struggle with that one. I know not everyone likes or wants to do these blogging challenges, so I may not be able to nominate three bloggers every day.

If I do nominate you, please don’t feel obligated to participate. You can just say “no, thank you” and I won’t be offended.

My Nominees:

  1. Dianna at These Days of Mine 
  2. Beth Ann at It’s Just Life
  3. Mother Hen at Words Like Honey 

To my readers, I hope you enjoy my responses to this challenge today, tomorrow, and Thursday.

And of course, I must sign off with yet another quote.

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” ~ Amy Poehler





Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view gorgeous sunsets off our own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

22 thoughts on “To quote or not to quote

  1. One of the most enjoyable web sites I visit is called The Quote Investigator. He not only posts quotations, he researches them to find out who the original source is. It’s great fun reading his posts — they’re like detective stories. I enjoy quotations, too — always have. I’ve never kept a record of them until recently — not I have a page in my draft files where I list ones that catch my attention.

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for telling me about that site! I must check it out immediately. I try not to use too many quotes found on the internet because the source of the quote is often times incorrect. And I don’t always have time to research to check that out. Good to find another quote lover like you. 🙂 Thanks again!!


    1. I was going to comment on your blog about the challenge, but I got distracted by watching my grandchild today. Sorry about that! I don’t think you will have to push yourself too far because you already do use wonderful quotes from Scripture in your posts. I love that!

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  2. I am so excited to have found your blog as I too am a lover of quotes. I have a few books, and a bunch of magnets with some quotes that I truly love. I will spend some time reading your posts and looking forward to the quotes you include.

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    1. Extending a warm welcome to you! I love getting new readers and checking out their blogs too. It’s also special to connect with someone who loves quotes like I do. Thank you for reading and taking the time to let me know you were here. Be blessed.


    1. Thank you so much for visiting Mama’s Empty Nest! I appreciate each and every person who stops by and takes the time to comment. Welcome to the blogging world. If I can help you with anything, just let me know. I hope you enjoy your new endeavor!

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  3. Aw, thanks for including me, Cindy. This looks like a fun challenge! I will do my best, although it may be next week before I can participate. I, too, love quotes, and years ago (back when I was still in high school), I had a notebook in which I would keep them. The notebook is long gone, but I do love a meaningful quotes!

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    1. No problem, Dianna. I got the challenge and had to wait until this week to post it, so I know how it is. I just knew you loved a good quote too. We have so much in common, that’s why we’re such good encouragement for each other. Will look forward to your quotes post. 😍


  4. I have always loved reading your quotes and I have some quote books of my own. Fun challenge and thanks for the nomination—I will try to do it but no promises. Life, you know. 🙂

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