Trifextra’s Quotable – A Weekend Challenge

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The challenge from Trifecta this weekend, find a 33 word quote from your favorite piece(s) of literature, lends itself to an easy trolling for quotes without ever having read the author from whence the quote originated, so I picked an author whose quotes I’ve carried with me through out life, and whose books I’ve read and reread over the years. Unfortunately, my favorite quote did not meet the challenge rules.

My daughter and I are reading about the Civil War, and we just finished reading the Gettysburg Address ( A fine piece of writing.), so I offer the quote below because it goes with my thinking for the day.

“Because no battle is ever won,” he said. “They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
-William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury


The Trifextra challenge this weekend is not so a much  writing challenge; it’s more of a reading challenge.  Scour your favorite pieces of literature and find 33 of the best words you can find and link up here.

Some quick guidelines to help with the task:

  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don’t take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don’t take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end–keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can’t use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own.  You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words.

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