It’s been a while since my last commonplace post, so I thought I’d do another one. This time I’ve curated a collection of thoughts about the road. I especially like this one because of the way each quote flows into the next. They fill me with wanderlust and make me want to love the unknown instead of fear it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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A road’s a kind of holy thing . . . That’s why it’s good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It’s open to sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together.~ Elizabeth Janet Gray, Adam of the Road, “The Road”
When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of it’s own, that bend . . . I wonder how the road beyond it goes — what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows — what new landscapes — what new beauties — what curves and hills and valleys further on.~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, “The Bend in the Road”
The Road goes ever on and on,~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-Expected Party”
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,~ 1 Corinthians 2:9, RSV
nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.
Which quote is your favorite? Down what paths did they lead your mind? Do you know of any other quotes on the road? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 😀
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5 thoughts on “The Road: A Collection of Thoughts”
I can’t think of a road quote, but I have a question about your title. How did you come about picking the Glass Hill? I wrote a book that the title has those words in it. A road lyric came to mind: Country Roads take me home to the place I belong. Sorry, I’m a John Denver fan from my college days. I actually shook his hand after a performance.
How cool! I like John Denver, too. 🙂 If you’re interested in my title, try reading my first post. I also talk about my title and thought process in the comments of “Victor-Giant.” Hope that’s helpful!
I read your first post. Yes, we both are using the same beginning. The Princesss on the Glass Hill folktale is about four pages long. I went back in time to include the mom of the three boys and why she wasn’t around for the Glass Hill challenge. The book ended with the victory of the Glass Hill and continued into a trilogy with the same characters. It is faith based. If you are curious, look up Journey to the Glass Hill. You have a great style of writing.
The first quote was my favourite. I am not sure if I have heard of Adam of the Road before (something tells me I must have…) but I am inspired to read it now! I discovered a beautiful piece of road-poetry last year which I will share on my blog sometime.
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Adam of the Road is a historical fiction about a minstrel’s son. It paints a vivid picture of what life was like for various types of people in the middle ages, and it’s such a nice story. Please do read it!
I can’t wait to read that road poem! 🙂