Hidden Treasure

I’m a “quotes” person.  I love quotes from people who have climbed rungs of the highest ladders, who have tripped and fallen face down in grime, who have cleansed themselves by splashing about in rain puddles, who have soared on the wings of ecstasy, who have teetered on rocky precipices, who have cradled a little person close to them and inhaled that baby’s sweetness, who have scratched art into existence, who have loved, hated, accomplished, failed, thrown in the towel, swam with rip tides until they broke free. . .who have LIVED. 

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it?

The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within, not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.”
~Stephen King (Different Seasons)

14 thoughts on “Hidden Treasure”

    1. I must admit I just checked out my first King book from the library!!! I love his insights and am curious to read some of his texts after watching many S.K. films 🙂

  1. That’s a fascinating quote. You can tell what a clever writer he is from the way he explains that situation. Revealing secrets is always hard, it means so much to you but will it mean the same to others? Good post!

    1. Yes! You never know but sometimes it’s necessary to do in order to be honest with ourselves and others. . . no matter how hard it is to do or how someone takes it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. “When the secret stays locked within, not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear” — Now, this is something on which I was pondering for a few days. Sometimes, one wants to keep certain parts of his/her life to him/herself, so the secret stays locked. Stephen King, in one quote, has packed so many pieces of thoughts.

    All said and done, I am also a sucker for quotes and find them very inspirational on many a gloomy day.

    Hope you have been well, Pam.

    Joy always,

    1. Yes, sometimes one does. . .like buried treasure. However, I’ve decided, that while the journey for the buried treasure may be exciting, tiresome, or fun, it’s the actual unearthing of the secret that is the most anticipated. Without the unearthing, time just sails past harbor after harbor. . .so much may be lost. I was surprised by his words today (pleasantly so).

      Glad you liked it Susan!

      Life has been busy. Lots of writing. I hope all is well with you too!



  3. Oh, how very true Pamela! There are just some things that you can’t bring the words to leave your lips, but want to share so badly that the only thing that comes about are tears:(

    1. Awh, Mary! Glad you liked it! Yes, I know it all too well, friend. Hopefully, when that happens, you have an attentive ear to comfort you and loving arms to hold you.


  4. To not have an understanding ear, that someone who cares when those innermost secrets bubble up, and you wait simmering, slowly condensing the excitement until it is all boiled away, leaving nothing but a burnt crust that is too tough to use.
    Thanks for sharing this quote.

    1. Nice Dan! Although your response made me just a wee bit hungry and left me craving a beautiful marinara sauce over penne (before the burning of course) 😉

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