500 Great Quotes: #499
“Don’t drag the engine, like an ignoramus, but bring wood and water and flame, like an engineer.”
~ Maria Weston Chapman in an 1855 address
Commentary: This may be the secular quote I have most often repeated to myself. I use it for personal guidance and reprimand. I use it to motivate myself when I get bogged down. I use it rouse me so I realize I’ve become entangled in an unimportant issue.
Maria Weston Chapman was an early women’s leader and anti-slavery advocate.
I use the quote as motivation, to remind me that new players are always entering the audience and the stage. And each generation must bring new content, new wood to keep important fires aflame.