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Inspiration from writers

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: writing, scotland, quotes, inspirations, happy, geek, entertainment, edinburgh

Tucked away in a wee close off of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of my favourite museums in the city. It’s the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close and despite the fact that it’s small and the exhibits don’t change, I find it to be a place of inspiration each time I go.

Today’s inspiration came from the outside of the museum, however, where there are inscriptions in the paving slabs around the courtyard. I’ve stopped to read a few in the past, but today I actually took the time to read them all.

Of course, now that I know that new stones can be sponsored, I’ll have to pay a bit more attention in the future to see what new inspiration can be found below my feet.

Anyhow, there’s not really much to today’s post. But I know that I always feel better when I write—and that some of my more faithful readers (Mum, Ant E!) count on new posts as “confirmation of life” so here I am.

And as you’ve stopped by, here are a few of my favourite quotes from today’s exploration:

“Fredome is a noble thing”
- John Barbour (c. 1320-1395)

“Go back far enough and all humankind are cousins”
- Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999) 

“You intend to bide here?
To be sure. Can you think of anywhere better?”
- Nigel Tranter (1909-2000)

“The spirit endures forever”
- Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975)

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Royal Mile is one of my favourite museums in the city. It’s the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close and despite the fact that it’s small and the exhibits don’t change, I find it to be a place of inspiration each time I go.”>