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Journaling | Literary Notations

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Whether for prompting an entry in your journaling practice or simply inspiring a thoughtful moment, collecting pearls of wisdom to have at hand and archiving the quotes and passages from the literary works of others that speak to you, is a scholarly pursuit in the spirit of the true diarist.

Enjoy creating a format that pleases you such as cultural or religious themes, philosophers or artists, or simply your favorites in alphabetical order.

Format: Pearls of Wisdom
Having a collection of juicy, meaningful quotes at hand is a wonderful reference tool to utilize in greeting and holiday cards, speeches, toasts, writing projects or when offering guidance to students, employees or children. From famous to obscure, pearls of wisdom are rarely scorned and most often appreciated with warmth, humor and / or a profound sense of wonder or realization. A great quote is comparable to a wonderful small gift in beautiful packaging.

How:
Define the types of quotes you intend to collect. Will they be literary or factual in nature, will the majority of quotes be from a small number of sources or a multitude of sources you wish to categorize by topic rather than author or defined by quotes from poetry, prose, historical figures or spiritual mentors.

Find a journal or notebook (we recommend our Pocket Notebook Cover with a Moleskine Lined book insert), and create an entry system that leaves plenty of room for categories to expand themselves. 

Format: Journal Prompt
Use these notations and quotes to prompt an entry in your journal practice. There's a reason why that particular quote spoke to you.

How:
Record your favorite notations and quotes in your notebook as you come across them, leaving plenty of room to expand; perhaps one at the top of each page and leave the rest of the page blank. Then take the time to react to that quote, express your flow of consciousness prompted by the reference. Or, you can list them at the front of your notebook. Then when your are doing your journal entry, choose one from the list that speaks to you in that moment.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein

"I dwell in possibility."
Emily Dickinson 

“Conventionality is not morality. Self righteousness is not religion.”
Charlotte Bronte

"Let the beauty you love be what you do."
Rumi

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." 
Thomas Jefferson