It’s unfair to expect me to just choose one quote. And besides, they don’t specify what type of quote so I’m going to give you three different types.
Favourite quote from a poem:
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Favourite quote from a book:
“You can’t pray a lie”
– Huck Finn, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Quote within context:
“So I kneeled down. But the words wouldn’t come. Why wouldn’t they? It warn’t no use to try and hide it from Him. Nor from me, neither. I knowed very well why they wouldn’t come. It was because my heart warn’t right; it was because I warn’t square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all…but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie – and He knowed it. You can’t pray a lie.”
Favourite quote of what someone said (I paraphrased it a little):
“God: I am. Right here. Right now. Don’t worry. Don’t live in fear. Trust Me.”
– Joyce Meyer
Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style
You dream maker
you heart breaker
wherever you’re going
I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world
there’s such a lot of world
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
waitin’ round the bend
My Huckleberry friend
Moon river and me.
This song was composed by Henry Mancini and penned by Johnny Mercer. It received an Acadamy Award for Best Original Song for its first performance by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. They wrote the song especially for Hepburn’s voice.
Hepburn’s version was not released until after her death in 1993.
Patty Griffin sang the song for the Elizabethtown soundtrack.
Meaning of the song:
As a child, Mercer picked huckleberries (like wild blueberries) in the summer. To him the berries had a personal connection with a carefree boyhood, strenghtened by association with Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn.
“My huckleberry friend” is often thought a reference to Huckleberry Finn. However in hi autobiography, Mercer said it was a reference to a childhood friend of his. He used to pick huckleberries with him down by a lazy river near his home in Georgia.
I found this interpretation on Suri Nahunte’s blog “Quills and Parchment”:
truly, jim and huck (huckleberry) are “two drifters off to see the world” and as one of them is an unschooled negro and the other – a child, there is truly “such a lot of world to see” for them. and as they drifted along that Mississippi river, the speaker in this poem (or song) who i suppose is jim, realized that a body of water could be a “dream maker” and “heart breaker” at the same time. but since they are left with no other avenue of escape, the speaker chose to surrender to the current – “wherever you’re going, i’m going your way.” He believes that they are “after the same rainbow’s end… my huckleberry friend, moon river and me.” he considers both huck and the river his companion, and that they are together in this journey to freedom. however, for those who wonder why the speaker called it a moon river, it may be because jim marvels at the river’s beauty only during the night when no authority can see him because he is, at that time, a wanted criminal for allegedly kidnapping huck.
Other interesting facts:
Moon River is a real river in Savannah, Georgia where Mercer grew up. His home overlooked the river and he had fond memories of the place. At the time, the river was known as The Black River, but was renamed Moon River in honor of the song and Johnny Mercer’s home along the river became known as the Moon River Home.
South African singer, Danny Williams, took this to #1 in the UK in late 1961. Williams originally refused to sing it, saying that Mercer’s lyrics were nonsensical. (!!!!!)
How I feel about the song:
I wish I could interpret my feelings fully, but I find it hard to find the right words. The song makes me want to cry, it feels like my heart is breaking, because I know we could never return back to those lazy innocent days. And I long for it so much!
I guess the song reminds me of all my warm memories and forgotten dreams and makes me nostalgic about the past.
But the song also makes me want to become a part of it. As if I also want to drift along the river like Huckleberry and Jim. I also want to be immortal like the song and the story.
I wish I had a Huckleberry friend…
I’ve recently started reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the notice at the beginning of the novel. It reads:
“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”
That is soo AWESOME!
Other quotes from the book:
“After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers; and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by-and-by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him; because I don’t take no stock in dead people.” (p.50)
Huckleberry Finn and The Woman Douglas (the woman who took him in).
“Then for an hour it was deadly dull, and I was fidgety… Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad, then, but I didn’t mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn’t particular. She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn’t say it for the whole world; she was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn’t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn’t try for it… Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it.” (pp.50-51)
If that’s all there is to heaven, then I don’t want to think much of it either. Sounds bloody dull and boring.
I think I’m going to like this book…
Source: Twain, M. 1966. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. London: Penguin Classics.