3 Day Quote Challenge (Day 3- Victor Hugo)

For Day 3 of the Three-Day Quote Challenge:

“Wherever it is placed on the borders of a capital, a railway station is the death of a suburb and the birth of a city. It seems as though, around these great centres of the movements of a people, the earth, full of germs, trembled and yawned, to engulf the ancient dwellings of men and to allow new ones to spring forth, at the rattle of these powerful machines, at the breath of these monstrous horses of civilization which devour coal and vomit fire. The old houses crumble and new ones rise.”

(Victor Hugo, Les Miserables: CHAPTER I—MASTER GORBEAU)


Priorhouse Notes:

I chose this snippet from Victor Hugo because it ties into what I have been thinking about with online media lately.

For those that exclaim, “too much facebook” – “too many blog posts” – or “too much time on Twitter” – well let me remind you that the online circles we find our place in are part of modern day socialization; the modern day “watering hole” where great human exchanges happen. It is in “the movements of a people” where old habits crumble and new ways of interacting surface. Of course we need balance, and our personal needs will change, but the postindustrial shift is upon us folks, and social media is an artery helping society adapt to changing circumstances. Too much or not enough? Guess it depends…. 🙂 


Train Tracks at the Saint-Lazare Station (by Monet – 1877)


In closing, thanks toKaren (here) for the 3-Day Quote Challenge invite.

I invite all readers to join in if they want to share some quotes. However, I also want to specifically invite three bloggers (which I think is customary) and share their link (oh – and I also did not specifically invite bloggers who already share quotes regularly – or who have a posting flow that likely would not be in sync with the three day challenge) -And again, I invite all readers to join in if they want to share some quotes – because it really is a fun little series to do. 🙂

My nominees for this final day of the 3-Day Quote challenge are the following.

Wolly Muses

Bush Boy

Gramma M

Simply post a favorite quote every day for three days, and then invite other bloggers to join – you can invite one, three, six, or everyone… 🙂 You can can post anytime you like – even next year – and you can also say, “No thanks.”





44 thoughts on “3 Day Quote Challenge (Day 3- Victor Hugo)

      1. ok! or you can link within your post (just cut and paste my post link) and it will send a trackback. Or select a word and then click the link icon and enter the link that way – it will make the word active

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  1. “… the online circles we find our place in are part of modern day socialization; the modern day “watering hole” where great human exchanges happen” … this line deserves it’s own place among quotable quotes.

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    1. well I am honored JS!
      and the other day I was sitting there eating and reading a section from my son’s old Sociology book – and the author wrote about the development of cities and then the changes coming.
      I tried to find the quote but it took too long – and it was not that important anyway – cos any sociology book would have info on post industrial changes – right?
      then I also saw someone embarrassed (again I saw this) that they were on facebook – and I told them to relax – it is a watering hole of conversating. And the good news – in my humble opinion – is that often we get to pick our community more selectively online compared to some of the social circles in our local town. ya know?
      and like… I enjoy seeing Canada’s trails (and doors) through you (and Su and Norm and other Canadians… ha)


      1. I find the changing ways we are communicating with each other very interesting … and quite frankly, sometimes it’s a little alarming too. Twitter. Trump. Need I say more?

        I think it’s “in vogue” right now to display a hate-on for Facebook … and yet, it doesn’t stop the growing minutia of life that gets posted.


    1. Hi BB- I think you can do anything you want – and see what fits your mood.
      This is a long answer – ok –
      but Robbie used her three day quote to give a shout out to some bloggers – because as she inbited them she also talked up one of their posts – and I liked that a lot – and sometimes I do that too (but did not feel led to at this time, ya know).
      Robbie also expounded on her quote – and then mentioned her books…. and linked those….
      so that is one example –
      I have also seen people pair the quote with a photo and not list why they chose the quote.
      Then – I have seen someone list the quotes and share tidbits of what it meamnt to them and why – and that can be a nice read – and also allows us to get to know more about the blogger. I like this because we have the option to read the quote only – but if we want to knowmore – we can read on…. and I guess I learned this lesson with flash fiction.
      When I wrote a post about driving my uncle’s Porsche – had some background data and I left it off to keep the post simpler.
      Later, someone asked me a few questions and I noted I almost wrote some author notes and they said I should have. Then I notoiced that many authors offered such notes with ff and again – I had the option to read if I chose. If not – I could meander away.

      so in closing, if you have something to share about the quote it could be worth your time to add it – but if it is a zinger of a quote that needs to stand alone or with a photo – well let it sit 🙂

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      1. no – they can be your quotes – or evcen some of your reviews on that Bush Retreat site you linked:
        For example, Jane said…
        What a lovely house, garden and location. Wallabies around the house and the sound of the frogs was amazing. A lovely room with outside access. Brian was a very friendly host with interesting conversation”
        or you could even do a song lyric –
        like Jane’s Addiction has Jane Says…

        Jane says, “I’m going away to Spain
        When I get my money saved
        I’m gonna start tomorrow”

        That was a joke because that lady Jane reviewed your pad….

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    1. oh thanks for the comment YC and I am still learning how much of a nice conversating watering hole our online “places” can be- and by the way – I almost tagged you for the 3 day quote challenge but I am not sure of your posting schedule…. (hint)

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      1. That is what I thought and u just stay doing what you do!!! I was just telling someone (DG) that I feel we all have different output as well as different social media presences – and so let us all posts as little or as much as we want and then not feel friggin judged – let’s be who we are where we are

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  2. I loved the watering hole metaphor, too. I feel like (as with all things) there is a balance required. Being online all the time, being accessible all the time — neither of these things are good. But in our society, being completely offline is being completely out of touch. Alas, that’s only my opinion.

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    1. I fully agree Joey! And love how u wrote “being completely offline is being completely out of touch” and I also add let’s not judge what we view As too much for someone – they know what they need – and So if someone has goes out on their city every night – we let them do their thing – and so if someone posts to their blog thrice daily (or fb or Twitter) well can we please not judge

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  3. You managed to connect Hugo’s words to current changes in a very insightful way. As you know, I’m not a Facebook girl and I occasionally find social media somewhat annoying; nevertheless, I do enjoy my little blogging corner and the interesting people it allowed me to interact with – as you said, we find the watering hole that suits us best. And I must say, I do like to be informed – this is the only way one can make educated decisions regarding what may and what may not suit them. Change will happen, with or without us… so we might as well not fall behind and learn what it is we reject or embrace. It’s all about balance, I believe, about figuring out when a dangerous limit has been/is about to be crossed.


    1. Oooooo
      The last part u noted is something that really takes some experience to get – for me at least – as you noted “figuring out” when the dangerous limit has been crossed and then as we mature “when it is about to be” — ah balance
      And the thing about balance – true that – and anytime I gripe about a major smart phone software my husband jokes and says “adapt or die” – lol
      And I’m so glad u have your little blogging corner because by putting yourself out there (even tho annoying at times – lol) well I made a friend and also who knows how others are impacted by your posts –
      We don’t always see the many ripples our shares might have – and I think I told you before that some of my best tips (for personal health and for teaching) have come from folks who shared freely online and it is a huge reason I want to give back – I also enjoy it much and yadda yadda- but freely we get and freely we give (with – um – balance – he)

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      1. “Freely we get and freely we give” sums it up perfectly – I believe that’s how it should work, we should extend this type of courtesy and understanding to others, and that’s why I don’t regret a thing about this little corner on the internet. As everywhere else, there’s something for everybody.
        Oh… those limits and that balance… they change so often, don’t they? Just as you think you’ve got them all figured out… 😉 I will say this much – I hope to never end up as one of those people I occasionally see in a nice restaurant, having a “romantic” dinner, noses buried in their phones/tablets all the time. That’s always a good reminder to make a conscious effort and put my phone back in my bag and focus on myself and the person in front of me.
        Then there are those moments when you realize you’re in the middle of the mountains, so there’s no signal and for a moment you panic – what if you miss an important email/call/text? That’s when you feel humble once more, reminded how much you depend on technology. Hopefully you get over it and enjoy being disconnected for a while. Or maybe that’s just me… 😉
        Your husband’s comment “adapt or die” reminded me of how I used to laugh at my grandmother and the way she reacted when I got my first mobile phone. She would hold it with two fingers, arm stretched out and she’d rush in, “It’s ringing, quick, do something about it” she’d say in a worried tone. Hilarious, but the truth remains, what we don’t know/understand scares us, more often than not. So one needs to learn about these things, even when one might eventually decide not to use them.

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      2. oh I love the story about your grandmother and holding out the device – lol – and we once heard a story from a guy whose mother’s computer only worked at night. so puzzling.
        turns out it was connected to the wall switch outlet and she did not know – and so when the room light was on – the outlet worked – something like that – and had us rolling. Especially the “way” he told the story of trouble shooting…

        excellent point about “something for everybody” and I found this with TV too – I used to snobbily think TYV was the Boob Tube and all through 1990s – and into 2000s never realized the variety of amazing shows on TV – from science to drama to history and docs….
        and the WWW is similar eh?

        and I am not always against people being online during meals or time with others.
        I can see how it can be a negative and how as you noted that a “romantic” dinner should have certain ground rules – lol – but other times it might be okay – depends on where folks are with their “garden watering and nurturing” in their relationship – and maybe depends on how much time they have spent together that week.
        and maybe another time we can chat more about the “freely received freely give” because it is so layered and means different things to different folks – and you have left me chewing…. on thoughts! thanks A

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      3. The computer story is brilliant 🙂 🙂 I heard of several cases of people complaining bitterly about their computers not working, when in fact they had unplugged them by mistake. 😉
        I’m not that strict when it comes to using one’s phone during dinner – there may be important stuff to handle and one can’t control when/how it happens, so I don’t mind if they check their phones once in a while. But from that to holding your phone in one hand and your fork in the other all the time… Oh well, it is what it is 😉
        After I wrote my comment, I read one of your posts where you were mentioning freely sharing. I have to admit, I took “freely” as openly and according to one’s desire, a lack of pressure. But yes, there are many more layers to the term 😉


  4. So many watercooler type moments on social media, love your analogy. And yes, it’s hard to stay away. I’ve tried to leave Facebook so many times over the years, but come back because it is the only contact I really enjoy with some folks from my past, who are spread out over the US, Australia, Asia. Amazing to connect that way. Thanks, Y.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that about Facebook cos that was exactly something I was feeling as I thought about these beautiful connections- and for me my fb contacts were actually a way to stay connected with local folks – go figure – and one day a few months ago I was able to hear about a birth – minutes after it happened – felt so in the know !!!
      And loved your water cooler moment term – well

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