"Blah, blah, blah...GOLD!"
I found this one years ago in Joel Saltzman's great little writing craft book If You Can Talk, You Can Write. In that mysterious method of creation of an analogy, the author thought to compare panning for gold to writing, and I think of this little gem often. It "talks big" to me as a perfect analogy for the writer's seemingly tenacious belief that effort will be rewarded -- even when all you seem to find is sand, sand, sand. And when the words do sift out, the writer recognizes the gold following a dry spell of bland words with almost disbelieving, giddy relief.
Then, the process begins again. A writer has to sift through a lot of words to find anything of value, but all we need is a glimmer of the shiny stuff to give hope to keep looking for more.
Beat their way into existence
As soon as I took your hand
You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war. -- William Randolph Hurst (attributed instructions to artist Frederick Remington in Havana Cuba [March 1898]
Sometimes I find the words and it's a wonderful feeling. More often I don't. Oh, well. *sigh* I'll keep panning for gold. Or maybe Bartlett's will help me out...
What do you love about quotes? Favorites? Do you have any little quotes that talk big for your characters or your plot?