Hi everyone,  jane

I’ve been reading quotes on line lately and realized that they really are things that make you stop and think.  I have to say I’m not so knowledgeable about quotes, but recently I wanted to Tweet something regularly that wasn’t blatant promo etc, and I came up with #lovequotes.  I mean what is more romantic and true for a romance author to write about than love. There are lots of quotes – here are a few of my favorites.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

― Dr. Seuss


There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
― Sarah Dessen


“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”
― William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream


“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”
― Marilyn Monroe


Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
― Nicholas Sparks


The heart was made to be broken.”
― Oscar Wilde


Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
― Zelda Fitzgerald


Over the years only two quotes I have heard had been told to me and both had very specific parts to play in my life and both told to me by the same person – a man who had a huge part to play in my life.


The first quote…


Two men looked though prison bars, one saw mud, the other saw stars.


Now this quote was really appropriate.  At the time I was in hospital – again – actually something I repeated a lot as a child and teen for months at a time, but the quote was said to me by my orthopedic specialist.  It makes you stop and think, and turn whatever it is in your life that’s angst filled and look at it from a different perspective.

One of these prisoners saw only the crass of life, and hopelessness from behind his prison bars.  He saw the mud.   While his cellmate saw the stars he intended to reach for.  This tells us to look up, look forward, be positive no matter what the circumstances.  All those years ago I was not racing around with my teen peers, I was stuck at home. No videos, DVD or MP3 gadgets way back then, but I did have books and I read voraciously.  Fast track some 30+ years (lots and lots of years LOL), and what do I for a living – I write books.  So that mud turned into my own personal stars.

The second quote was said to me when I was about to head out on the proverbial NZ OE – to non down unders that’s Overseas Experience, a kind of travel rite of passage for young New Zealanders where we head overseas for year or two mostly to England and Europe.   The quote was…For the first six months you’ll wonder why you ever left home and for the 2nd six months you’ll wonder why you never left before.

This of course addresses the old age homesickness and sure enough when I was having accommodation problems in London, I would wail about wanting to go home to what I knew and understood.  Mind you, it didn’t last – thankfully and I stayed overseas and traveled far and wide.


I’d love to know what some of your favorite quotes are, and what they’ve meant in your life. Please, drop a comment below.

Happy reading.

Jane Beckenham


He’s the OneHestheOnesmaller

Taylor Sullivan doesn’t trust Cupid

Cade Harper doesn’t do commitment, and marriage is a dirty word

Taylor wants to lose her virginity

Cade knows two things about women. They either abandon him, or use him as a walking bank.

Taylor doesn’t buy anything sight unseen and wants to test the waters with a kiss.


Virginity is definitely overrated.










  • Really nice post, Jane, giving lots of food for thought. As an author, one of my favorite quotes comes from Steven King’s book, On Writing. I have it tacked to my cork board and it makes my son laugh whenever he stops to read it. “Story is honourable and trustworthy. Plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.” Not romantic, but apt in my case!

    January 17, 2013
  • Jane Beckenham

    Amy, thanks for stopping by. Interesting quote. Love the bit about shifty plots, mine definitely fit this category!


    January 17, 2013
  • Jane,

    It sounds as if you had a youth that incubated a true writer. I’m sorry you had to go thru those trials, but the reading world is lucky you channeled your dreams and energy into writing romance!

    I’m a quote collector myself. They can get us through tough times as a writer. One of my faves is Oscar Wilde, who said ‘Write what YOU like–there is no other rule.’

    So I do!

    Cathryn Cade
    … red hot romance!
    Goodreads, My Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,

    January 18, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      Cathryn, thanks for popping by, that’s a great quote, because i think if we write what we think others expect of us that will show in our writing and possibly not in a good way.
      So much better to write what we love.

      Happy writing – and reading


      January 18, 2013
  • One of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill:

    Never, never, never give up.

    January 18, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hi Phoebe, gosh that Churchill quote could have been written/said specifically for writers!


      January 18, 2013
  • Susan Romito

    “We are each angels with only one wing and we can only fly while embracing each other.”

    February 6, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      Oh, Susan, i really like this. The idea of angels being propped up by each other, as we need to be in life. The old addage of man not being an island comes to mind too

      Thanks for popping by.


      February 7, 2013

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