Monday, July 4, 2011

The Quotable Evans

One of my favorite authors is Richard Paul Evans. Each time I read one of his books, I come away feeling uplifted, as well as inspired by the stories.
The Quotable Evans is a little book containing diaries and letters from his novels. The quotes are thought-provoking and teach some wonderful lessons.
For the next while, I will be sharing some of those quotes with you, and I hope these thoughts will inspire you as much as they have me.

Evans Quote of the Day

"There are those whose primary ambition in life is to leave their names chiseled on some small corner of this globe. But this is folly. The greatest tragedy is not to die unknown by strangers, but unloved by our companions."

We place importance on so many things in life, and sometimes we lose sight of what is really important. All of us, in one respect or another do want to leave our mark on the world, something that will insure we will not be forgotten. But in our quest for this, we need to remember that being remembered as a great person is better than being remembered as someone who did something great. The latter will insure your mark and celebrate that one great deed, but the former will engrave the memory of your life in the hearts of everyone you come in contact with and every life you touch.
Now that is what I call leaving your mark on the world:-)

5 comments:

Mary L Walling said...

I think the greatest mark I want to leave is knowing that I did my best to be a good mother. wife, grandmother and friend.

Vicki said...

Love your thoughts.

Danielle Thorne said...

Thanks for sharing. I'll keep a lookout for this book. I love inspiring quotes and thoughts.

J. Coleman said...

When someone mentions my name long after I'm gone, I hope a smile curls on their lips, and if a giggle spills out, all the better. I want to be a "happy thought." Love Richard Evans. Thanks for the post, Jewel.

SecretMae said...

That was a great quote and wonderful message. I haven't had the pleasure of reading anything from that writer. I will keep an eye out for him from now on though. I think that it is important to be loved by our companions even more then leaving a big name behind. I am a Christian and I think that a life lived without love is no life at all. This quote was outstanding!