Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known. -Oscar Wilde

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known.” Oscar Wilde

Maybe you’ve noticed one our #MyLifeInAQuote posts on our Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram pages. (Yes, it’s hashtagged, because this will be remembered as the decade in which we hashtagged everything.)

The concept is pretty simple. We take a photo from one of our programs and pair it with an appropriate quote from an author or artist.

Joss Whedon

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. MAKE.” Joss Whedon

Our goal is two-fold. One, we want these photos to encourage you to try something new and exciting. Two, we want to show you some of the ways we can help you try these new and exciting things.

For example, if your child wants to be a writer, we have writing clubs for kids and teens. We also have a Comics Club if sequential art is your passion, as well as art programs for kids and adults.

Toni Morrison

“If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

At Mentor Library, two of our biggest goals are to encourage lifelong learning and to stimulate your creativity. That sounds very right brain/left brain, but both goals have one important thing in common: It’s not just about who you are; it’s about who you want to be.

So when we share a #MyLifeInAQuote, we’re not just offering a cute photo with a clever caption. We’re asking, “How can we help you become who you want to be?”

ee cummings

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ee cummings

Finally, #MyLifeInAQuote is about telling stories. After all, these quotes are meant to say something about our lives. We don’t just quote Norton Juster because we love The Phantom Tollbooth (though we do.) We quote him because his words resonate with us.

Norton Juster

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” Norton Juster

So what’s your favorite quote? What words by an author or artist fit who you are or who you want to be? Let us know and we may use your quote on #MyLifeInAQuote.

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