Favorite Quotes about Creating a Life

I don’t consider myself a collector, but I suppose there are some things that I do love having around me. Dishes, for instance, and books. And quotes.

I’m always editing my collections of dishes and books, but quotes are another matter. No need to edit there.

When you visit the blog, you’ll find a Quotable section in the sidebar that displays some of the quotes I’ve run across that speak in some way of creating a life. Every time you revisit (or refresh) the blog, you’ll get a different quote.

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The authors of these quotes are varied, and some may even surprise you.

Today I’m highlighting a few of these quotes that have resonated with me for one reason or another. I hope some of them resonate with you too.

White flowers in clear vase
“If you sweep a house, and tend its fires and fill its stove, and there is love in you all the years you are doing this, then you and the house are together, that house is yours.” – Truman Capote

Photo Collage Wall at CreatingThisLife.com
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – George Washington Burnap

ottoman used as side table
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” -Sir Winston Churchill

Antique skirted chair at CreatingThisLife.com
“That which we elect to surround ourselves with becomes the museum of our soul and the archive of our experiences.” – Thomas Jefferson

Beveled subway tile and rope accent
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Floating candle with twigs

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Traditional dining room with pine white dishes silver and clear glassware

 “Surround yourself with what you love, so that your house has soul. Collect, don’t decorate.” – Christy Ford

polished estate sale silverplate
“Find something you’re passionate about and stay tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

georgetown brick sidewalk

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you a collector of quotes? Have any favorites?


  1. Hi Julie. My daughter is getting married in a month. We saw your picture of the twigs in a vase with water and a floating candle. It was so pretty she bought a lot of vases with everything needed and planned on using them for her centerpieces on all the tables. We practiced with one of the 30 vases and ran into a problem. The twigs floated 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch. Could you please please please let us know what we are doing wrong?
    Thank you,
    Jana Leo

    1. Hi Jana. Congrats to your daughter on her marriage!

      I’ve never had the floating twig issue, but I know others have. One suggestion I can make is to choose small twig branches, instead of individual sticks, and have them be a bit wider than the vase so that you have to squeeze the branches together a bit when you put the twig in the vase and then they will open up once inside. Does that make any sense at all? It’s a very simple idea, but hard to communicate.

      Another idea is to use a spot of hot glue on the bottom of the twigs. I’ve never tested that theory but I know others have.

      Good luck and let me know if those work for you. – Julie

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