December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!

'Tis the season for sharing.

We're excited to share what we've discovered over the past year of building Quotabelle.

A key takeaway from our research ~ carefully chosen words mean a lot…to our families and friends, colleagues and customers. When you share a good quote or story with people in your communities, they see it as a gift.

Here are a few nuggets we've unearthed to spark a lively conversation or two at holiday gatherings. Click any link or visit www.quotabelle.com to explore more quotes + stories worth sharing.

Cheers from all of us at Quotabelle!

"Blow out trouble
Speed its going
Bring the New Year
Bright and glowing."

Rose O'Neill
the mother of Kewpies

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{unforgettable | She laughs}

Bohemian artist Rose O'Neill was one of the first female political cartoonists and a celebrated author-illustrator. She was also an advocate of dress reform and no-holds-barred feminist. But, the work that brought her fame and fortune was her Kewpie comics ~ with their cheery, rosy-cheeked baby cupids.

Rose's whimsical brainchildren debuted during Christmas 1909 ~ and instantly ignited Kewpie fever. Soon there were dolls, posters, stories and cards.

Rose drew her Kewpies to deliver good luck + many a holiday greeting! The little darlings also carried social reform messages…promoting suffrage + equal rights.

"The Nutcracker absolutely was our staple every year. We even took it out to California in the summertime, and danced it at the Greek Theatre with great success!

Why not? Christmas in summer."

Maria Tallchief
the American prima ballerina

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{remarkable | She entertains}

The Nutcracker ballet is now a beloved holiday tradition. That wasn't always the case.

E.T.A. Hoffman's classic children's story was originally adapted in 1892 with a famous score by Tchaikovsky. But, its St. Petersburg premier was a flop.

In the end, the German story + Russian ballet were popularized by an Oklahoma native ~ Maria Tallchief. A member of the Osage tribe in which men do most of the dancing, Maria became the US's first major prima ballerina with the NYC Ballet in 1948. Her iconic performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in a 1954 revival of The Nutcracker put the then-obscure ballet back on the map. And, created a demand for Maria to reprise the role ~ all year round!

"Hanukkah [is] a celebration of hope amidst the darkness of winter, of God's light in moments of uncertainty."

Rachel Kohl Finegold
the Orthodox Maharat


{notable | She believes}

Rachel Kohl Finegold made history in 2013 by being one of the first women ordained as clergy for the Orthodox Jewish faith.

Today, Rachel is a spiritual leader at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim ~ the Montreal synagogue where she gave her first sermon for Rosh Hashanah.

Before she became an official Maharat, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance helped make her voice heard on another important holiday ~ Hanukkah. Rachel shed new light on the rabbinical celebration, reminding followers that it was created by faith leaders to memorialize Jewish history...but also to bring light into our lives when we need it most.

Fixing the quote supply problem.
theme: holidays


We're looking for {sourced} quotes by women & girls that speak to the holiday season.

Will you help uncover all the pithy + festive things she has said on the subject? And, fix the quote supply problem?

It's easy to pitch in. Simply ~

  • Register as a Quotabelle member.

  • Submit a sourced quote by a female that has a holiday theme.

  • If your quote is selected for the collection, you'll be entered to win a Quotabelle gift.

  • Within one week: we'll add a selection of the pithiest things she's said about innovation to the site. And, mail the gift.

We recently asked for quotes about innovation. Among our favorites:

"Sharing leads to connections, connections lead to collaboration, collaboration leads to creativity and innovation."
~Marissa Mayer

"I had to learn very early not to limit myself due to others' limited imaginations."
~Mae Jemison

"Solitude is a catalyst for innovation."
~Susan Cain

A great way to get you or your team thinking about possibilities in the new year ~ browse by innovation...

Help us spread her words + stories this holiday season ~

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