In my experience, artists do want valid criticism. We feel a sense of excitement and a willingness to work when a piece of criticism hits the mark and we intuitively feel it will make our work better. (159)
Quoting Erica Jong
If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it’s because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that’s the most revolutionary insight of all. (164)
By breaking our life down into daily bites, we all have far more strength than we may realize. It is possible to make the best of a difficult situation ‘one day at a time.’ (166)
So much of Julia Cameron’s rhetoric is rooted in 12-step programs and her sobriety. Nevertheless, this quote is an interesting one and very true because it is easier to face even the most difficult situation if, instead of looking too far ahead or comparing the present moment with the past, one simply looks at the here and now. The past cannot be changed; the future cannot be controlled. But what one can do, what one should do, right now, or in this hour, is enough. Especially when every moment feels like too much, doing even one little thing can be both overwhelming and enough.
And I must always have a cat about. A house isn’t a home without the ineffable contentment of a cat with its tail folded about its feet. A cat gives mystery, charm, suggestion. (77-78)
This quote reminded me of my daughter. I was a die-hard cat person until Rob and Romanov came into my life. Now I cannot imagine any other pet experience being so fulfilling.
A happy ending can never be artistic. (134)
There was—there must be—something wrong with a girl when a man proposed marriage to her at first meeting. And hurled heirloom goblets an inoffensive stoves. (137)
I literally laughed aloud when I read this. In fact, this concludes what is the funniest chapter of this novel, perhaps the funniest chapter I’ve ever read in a Montgomery novel. A man proposes to Emily after only just meeting her and, when she naturally declines the proposal, he throws a glass across the room where it shatters against a stove. In “inoffensive” one at that because, truly, the stove did nothing to deserve having a goblet, heirloom or otherwise, to be thrown at it.