Writing I Love: the longest writing. can be one line

42 Iain

At a sea swim in 2014, aged 16, my son Iain.. or, as I called him after this, “The Answer”..

“What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?” “42” ~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I often share on this site under the theme “Writing I Love”. Writing and language can have the power to transport us, as well as to connect us. Sometimes all it takes is one line.

I love the writing of @nayyirahwaheed on Twitter.

Somehow this particular tweet spoke to me, and has me ruminating on single lines that resonate.

On that theme: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

So, today a selection of single lines today, from thinkers, from movies, from favourite books :

“Me. We” ~ Mohammed Ali, composing the shortest poem in the world:

“This too, shall pass” ~ from the fable of King Solomon

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“When the thinker is the same, the change of thought is not a change” ~ Acharya Phrashant

“God is in the rain…” ~ Evey Hammond, V for Vendetta

“I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so.”  ~ David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” ~ George Orwell, 1984

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” ~ David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” ~ The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

and, to close, this line inspired the first ever daily post on this site:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver, The Summer Day