I recently read the essay, Laugh, Kookaburra by David Sedaris printed in The New Yorker. You can read the essay here.
I like the idea of favorite lines from a poem, essay, or short story to use as a writing springboard.
Here are the quotes from this essay I will be writing with as inspiration:
When Australians say “the bush,” they mean the woods. The forest.
…she invited us to picture a four-burner stove…
This was not a real stove but a symbolic one, used to prove a point at a management seminar she’s once attended. “One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work.” The gist, she said, was that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.