Three Days – Three Quotes II

This is a part of a networking activity between bloggers. This particular activity involves quotations. Read on and I’m pretty sure you will get it. 🙂

A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.”

Oscar Hammerstein II

I’ve already told you that everything I know I learned from Broadway musicals. Well, this is a little-known verse that introduces the song “I am Sixteen, Going on Seventeen” in  the musical The Sound of Music. I may be wrong, but I think Maria sings it to Liesl before the reprise of the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” song. And, of course, I love it.

But I find that many things I loved for one reason or another when I was younger, mean more to me as I look back on them.


And now that I have known love in so many different forms, I realize that Mr. Hammerstein was speaking of love as an action. His reference to a bell is a perfect metaphor to explain that love is an action. And when I love another person, my dogs, my children, and children in general, for example,  speaking the words “I love you” is special, but hugging, helping, supporting, spending time with, listening, showing up, feeding, and back-rubbing, to name but a few, are the actions that solidify the love I feel inside me for another.

Might there be a “bell” in your life that needs ringing?


The rules for the Three Day – Three Quotes challenge are as follows:
1.A quote will be assigned each day for three days.
2.Three different nominees will be notified each day (no repetitions).
3.Thank the person who nominated you.
4.Inform the nominees.

Thank you to the Settle in El Paso family for nominating me to become part of this generous challenge. Take a look at their blog, it will fill you with happiness. Thank you El Paso family for following my blog as well.

My nominees for today are:


Author: gebbysmith

I am a retired school teacher, school administrator, designer, retail business- owner, writer, fisherman, gardener, music-lover, dance-lover, theater-lover who lives in Mississippi. My husband, four doggies, and I live on a small farm and have fun every day making things and working on our house..

One thought on “Three Days – Three Quotes II”

  1. This is beautiful! The Sound of Music is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for nominating me! 🙂 My mother always tells me that love is not measured by words, but by our actions. Anyone can say they love you, but it is how the prove it that means the most! Thank you for this beautiful post!


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