Yesterday morning I posted a Flaubert quotation 0f which I am very fond. Solitary Walker answered by saying how much he enjoyed Flaubert - who could take all day writing one sentence and then change it - and how good Flaubert was at "le mot just". I love to collect sayings and poems . Some years ago I made myself a book to put them in. You see it here in the photograph. It is ragged and faded now but has had a lot of wear. I have had such pleasure from it and can thoroughly recommend doing a book and keeping it well to hand.
My favourite quotation in it changes with the season. When the cherry blossom is out, then my favourite is "Lovliest of trees the cherry now..." from Housman's Shropshire Lad. Sometimes I get solace from some of the sayings of Kahlil Gilbran (Trust the dreams for in them is hidden the gate to eternity). Sometimes it is Oscar Wilde (all of us are standing in the gutter but few of us are looking at the stars!)
If you want to see really lovely little books, look at acornmoon on my blog list - she makes lovely folding ones. If you want to have a go at making one yourself I can recommend a super book which has all kinds in from very easy (like the one in the photograph) to very hard. The book is called "Cover to Cover" by Shereen La Plantz and is published by Lark Books (NY).
PS. Elizabeth of About New York is posting a blog about plates tomorrow - hoping to show how much we can tell of ourselves by the plates we choose to eat from or display. I am going to post my plates too. Why not join us for "Plate Friday"!