Those of you who have read my book will know that I am a big fan of the quotes of Friedrich Nietzsche. He was responsible for "That which does not kill us makes us stronger", a quote I believe in with every fibre of my being, which forms Chapter 37 in my book as that is the number of letters it has.

He has many other brilliant ones that I know about but until last night, when someone tweeted me during the Veronese show, I was unaware of this one: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music". It was not this person's tweet, it was their biog and I recognised the style of it immediately. It brought a tear to my eye and I think this has to be my second favourite quote of his, which set me wondering whether any of you has a favourite quote or saying? It doesn't have to be Nietzsche, there are some brilliant modern day philosophers, but do share.

I'm looking forward to a couple of days off this weekend, watching Crystal Palace tomorrow, and going to a karaoke charity night on Sunday to raise money for Leukaemia research. We are going en masse as a family, plus Sophie's flatmate Gilly, but I doubt that Chris will get up to sing – too much like a 'busman's holiday'! Unfortunately I have been banned from singing my party piece 'I Will Survive'… probably for the best!!!!

I'm back at QVC on Monday evening for the Butler & Wilson show at 9pm… I know it clashes with the final episode of Broadchurch on ITV but I'm hoping you'll do what I will be doing, record it and watch it when B & W has finished. If you have been watching, have any of you any clue as to who killed Danny Latimer? I even tweeted a friend of mine who works for ITV but she reckons she doesn't know????? I thought it was the vicar but now I'm wondering if it's Nige or maybe the bookies favourite Joe Miller, the policewoman's husband… enough red herrings to feed an army of vikings!

I'm then back on Wednesday afternoon for Gem Day – I have Best of the Best at 3pm, followed by Clogau at 4pm and South Sea Pearls at 6pm. Have a great weekend!

Much love,  Julia xx


  1. Alana April 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I also firmly believe in the quote “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, also “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today” – James Dean. “To live is to learn” and “Growth is the only evidence of life” – John Henry Newman. There are more but those are my favourite.
    The pink nail varnish you wore on Friday during the Decleor show looked nice, is it from QVC?

  2. Morag Winchester April 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, theres a quote from Martin Luther King which I love. ” If you can’t fly rhen run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have ro keep moving forward. Glad to see you enjoyed your holiday, you look fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Morag xx

  3. Annette Roberts April 20, 2013 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    There are so many quotes, but I remember one that my Mum said and I’m still not sure what it means exactly, but here goes…’God doesn’t pay his debts with money’!
    As you know I’m not a Tweeter/Twitterer, each to their own eh, but I did notice the spelling of ‘Anglesea’ or should I say Anglesey, Land of my Father, as the saying goes, literally!
    This will hopefully make you laugh though, when I was young I remember seeing a letter with ‘Ynys Mon’ in the address and Dad being welsh, I asked him quite innocently, where is Ynys Mon? His reply was ‘You’ve been going there every year for your holidays!’ Took a minute for the penny to drop, then we both burst out laughing. It’s the welsh spelling for Anglesey…now did I feel a fool or what lol!
    Annette x

  4. Cindy Corrigan April 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I too like the quotes of Nietzsche. A favourite of mine is not by him and I really can’t remember where I first heard it, but its when things go wrong or are annoying, I had a friend who would say ‘Life’s a bowl of cherries, its the just pips which choke you!’ I don’t even know if she got it right, but somehow describes the frustration of life’s mishaps. I hope your health continues ok, I must say you look a picture of health on the screen. I am just waiting to go into hospital myself, I have a cancerous mass in my womb which has to be removed, and so a hysterectomy is on the cards, needless to say I am not looking forward to it. Still these things are sent to try us and I am sure I will be fine. Take care and enjoy your footie! Love Cindy xx

  5. Gill Burns April 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    My favorites:
    “There’s no success like failure and failure’s no success at all” Bob Dylan “Love Minus Zero”
    Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back’ ~ Harvey MacKay
    We are all of us sentenced to solitary confinement, inside our own skins, for life. Tennessee Williams
    The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde

  6. Sandra Gregory April 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, thank you so much for taking up your precious time to reply to my card I sent you, it was really lovely to hear from you.
    Yes your book was very, very, enjoyable, it made me laugh and cry at times. Well done for writing such a great book, and it certainly gives a fab insight to your very busy life.
    I have purchased the dress yet, I missed it on easy pay! I took early retirement five years ago from my job – I had been employed with them for 32 years and was lucky enough to have my pension paid from that date, so as I do not work, I like the easy pay option – I will get it next time it is on day pay.
    Take care, enjoy your few days off

  7. Magda Chetty April 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I know that we are both born in the same year, and share the year of the monkey, so we should have a few things in common. But I was amazed that you believe so much in the quote ” That which does not kill us makes us stronger ” because I now live by that quote. When I was diagnosed with the cancer and had the op, it was the first time in my life to have an op, and I was so worried. But some how something made me so strong and from then on, I got even stronger in dealing with all the other illness that I had to deal with. Now like you i believe in that quote with all my heart. And my party song is, I will survive, enough said ha.
    Enjoy your break, hope Palace win, see you Monday with Simon, I will be watching and buying, as Iam going on a cruise in May and got a nice simple dress that needs a B&W necklace to jazz it up.
    Much love.

  8. Lorraine April 21, 2013 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have so many quotes that I love and as a scrap booker use them often. Here are just three of them.
    Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain….Author unknown.
    Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence….Hal Boorland.
    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail… Ralph Waldo Emmerson.
    By the way I have your book but haven’t read it yet as my mum began reading it while visiting and has taken it away to finish it. Just hope she doesn’t take too long!
    With much love
    Lorraine x

  9. Norma Smithson April 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    This is the first time I have sent you a blog, not that I havn’t read your blogs because I have, and thoroughly enjoyed them, as you lead a hectic and interesting life, but felt I had to drop you a line this time. I have felt for some time that you were not quite yourself, couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was, but it was there in my mind when you were on screen. I was horrified and so dreadfully sad when you told us that you were seriously ill, very very proud of you when I realised you were fighting this thing and that although you and your family were devastated you were out there working for Leukemia and presenting with all the vigour and verve that you had before. Like Ali Keenan and Annika you are role models to us all, and I am sure your positive approach you will win through, I’ve never been as sure of anything is that you Julia will definately be able to hear the music. All the very best, take care and fondest love Norma xx

  10. Louise April 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules
    Nietzsche’s philosophies always seem to hit the spot with me. A more modern quote, which I feel is extremely pertinent to the way in which we ought to view life, is a notation from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” This is quite long, but so relevant: It is called “I choose…”. “to live by choice, not by chance;to make changes, not excuses;to be motivated, not manipulated;to be useful, not used;to excel, not compete. I choose self esteem, not self pity;I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.” anon.
    Hope all is going well with you, personally, Julia. Take care.

  11. Heather Stapleton April 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. My quote is Do it now. I am pleased too say I followed it & me & my husband had lot’s of great holiday’s exploring America before I lost him heather xx

  12. Barbara Boosie April 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I tuned in to Butler & Wilson after Coronation St, and as well as the jewellery I noticed your fantastic nails so could I ask if you have been using anything special? I also noticed a comment from Collette that mentioned Anglesey. When I was at junior school in Manchester I used to come to Anglesey for holidays and we had to write about it when back to school. My English teacher also “corrected” my spelling to Anglesea!

  13. Jan Burnley April 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    This saying by Julian of Norwich helps me if I’m having a not so good day……All wil be well, all manner of things will be well”
    It says to me “stop worrying Jan and get on with it”
    Jan Burnley

  14. Yvie Gillman April 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I love your latest quote, a few words can say and mean so much.Well….. it was my birthday last week, and I am feeling rather old, I dragged myself out of bed ( hobbled actually)got to the bathroom, looked in the mirror to see if the really old lady with grey hair was trying to force her way out of my hairline, no, good!!Did a few exersises to get myself moving, slapped on every type of moisturiser known to man, put my make up on,( thank god for make up!!)put on my ‘modern clothes’ and eventually started my walk to work.The sun is out the birds are singing thier little hearts out, and then I see those two bright orange Land Rovers , parked in thier driveway, these people are some sort of explorers with high tec equipment, ready for action.And there it is… a big sticker….it says ‘ONE LIFE,LIVE IT’ and I feel like shouting at the top of my voice I’M TRYING!!!!!I REALLY AM!!!!! I’m off for a rest now, love Yviexx

  15. kathleen Donnelly April 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    When I was working..( now retired) I used to pin up sayings on the notice board where I worked in the kitchen.. I used to say..” I hope the boss reads this!” lol.. as many were on the lines of ‘ treat every one how you would like to be treated yourself”… ” A day without laughter is a day wasted”.. one of my favourite’s is ” Dance like nobody’s watching”. the older we get the less inhibited we become I think.. Enjoy life, I hope everything is going o.k. Take care, Julia you are a lovely person..

  16. Julia roberts April 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Thanks for sharing a couple of your favourite quotes.
    The pink nail varnish was an OPI Bond one – I think we sell it at QVC as Ali Young gave it to me, it’s called Pussy Galore.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  17. Julia roberts April 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Morag
    I’ve heard several similar messages about forward momentum. I’m sure one was about a fish sinking if it didn’t swim – same idea I guess.
    My holiday certainly helped me relax and recharge but it seems so long ago now.
    Thanks for your compliment
    Julia x

  18. Julia roberts April 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I get it – you won’t get rich by doing good things but you’ll be richer in spirit.
    You’d think with a surname like Roberts that I might know a little Welsh but I’m afraid not, but I’ll try and remember Ynys Mon in case I am ever asked it in a pub quiz or as a phone a friend.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  19. Sandie Jacobs April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have felt for some time that things were not quite as they should be with you and am now devastated to learn of your illness, but being the strong positive person that you are I know you will fight it full on. Good luck x
    In 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and for the 6 months that I was having treatment and recovering I tuned in to QVC each day (I have been with you since day 1) and to listen to all you presenters each day kept me going through some of the long dark days. Being a strong positive person, thankfully, I have now reached my ten years and feel very well.
    Keep smiling Julia, and good luck with your ongoing treatment.
    Kind regards and much love Sandie xx

  20. Julia roberts April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Cindy
    Firstly I hope your operation goes well. My mum had a hysterectomy in her forties and she is now eighty six. I think it is the emotional side of that particular operation that is sometimes underestimated so don’t be afraid to talk about it with your doctors.
    I don’t like cherries!! – but I take your meaning with the pips!
    Julia x

  21. Julia roberts April 24, 2013 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Gill
    Thanks for sending your quotes. My favourite is the Harvey MacKay one – reminds us that time is so precious and we shouldn’t waste a minute of it.
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts April 24, 2013 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Sandra
    It was my pleasure to reply – I am so pleased you enjoyed my book, it was a lot of hours of writing and proof reading but I am thrilled with the result, as were Random House, the publishers. There have been a few negative reviews on the website but I can’t understand why anyone would bother to buy a book about me if they are not interested in me – I know I wouldn’t. Perhaps you would like to leave me a nice review as you enjoyed the book?
    Julia x

  23. Julia roberts April 24, 2013 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    I sang my party piece song ‘I Will Survive’ at the fundraising karaoke evening on Sunday, but I did it before too many people were around to witness it!
    Hope you enjoyed the B & W show – I missed the beginning of it cos I made a mistake with my on air times – I blame chemo brain!!!
    Have a lovely cruise and I hope you treated yourself to a bit of sparkle for your dress
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts April 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine
    I LOVE the Ralph Waldorf Emerson quote! And I like the sunshine and the rain, it’s the grey bits in even I’m not so keen on.
    How funny that your mum ‘nicked’ my book to read before you got the chance – I really hope she enjoys it and can empathise with some of the little things that have contributed to my life. I also hope she finishes it soon so that you will get a chance to read it LOL!
    Julia x

  25. Beryl April 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I had polio in1950 I to made. Excuses for my limp now I belong to the British polio fellowship and when I listen to a lot of sivivors you know what hard working wonderfull people we are I hope you are feeling better

  26. Annette Roberts April 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad you got Mum’s saying, I like that!
    Here’s another one for you. I recorded a programme for Chris, Nile Rodgers, The Hit Man, from CHIC. It was brilliant and I didn’t realise how many artists he had peformed/produced, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Madonna to name but a few.
    At the very end he said that he has prostate cancer and one of his sayings was ‘it’s a new day and I woke up on this side of the dirt! It’s cool!’
    I really like that one.
    One thing I have noticed recently, have your comfy shoes gone for good? If so, hope it wasn’t peer pressure and the new look QVC…I’m just about to get mine out!
    Annette x

  27. Marian Bolton April 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I have a few quotes up in my office but not sure who said them all:
    “Incorporate others good points into oneself so that one improves. Self-reflect on others bad points so that one does not commit the same mistakes!”
    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”
    “Take care of your staff and they will take care of your customers” (so true in my experience) and
    “I’ll handle it!” which is one of my most utilised quotes from the book ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway’!
    On a more personal level, a quote from my sparring buddy on Dale’s blog …. the lovely Gail:
    “Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional”!! If you read Dale’s blog comments, you’ll no doubt understand why I love that one so much!
    Big thanks again for reading out my tweet on Monday night and your lovely words afterwards and birthday wishes. I’ll update you on my special birthday weekend next time.
    Lots of love until then

  28. Jane Ivey April 25, 2013 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have only just found out about your illness and wanted to send you a big hug xxx I hope you are coping ok with the drugs and I wish you all the very best. I was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning on March and so know what a shock it is and how emotionally difficult it can be. You are inspirational Julia, I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself this week and am going to try to take a leaf out of your book instead. Lots of love.

  29. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Norma
    I am so glad you enjoy reading my blog. Please don’t worry about my health – it was a shock to be diagnosed as I had no idea anything was seriously wrong but fortunately for me, with the advances in treatment for leukaemia, funded predominantly by charity, the chemotherapy drugs are successful in managing the condition for the majority of people.
    Tomorrow is my one year anniversary of the confirmation of my condition so we are going to spend the day in Brighton as a family and celebrate one year on.
    Thank you for caring
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Louise
    I liked both of your quotes. My son tells me that one of the most successful basketball coaches uses the Winston Churchill quote, obviously to great effect.
    I wish people would put their names to quotes. I heard one today also Anon “pity those whose lives are so ineffectual that they criticise others to make themselves seem more important”. There are so many brilliant quotes and not all from recognised philosophers.
    I am doing well at the moment thanks
    Julia x

  31. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Heather
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss but as you say by following your “Do it Now” you were able to enjoy some great times together that will have given you lasting memories.
    Julia x

  32. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Barbara
    I am a big fan of the Decleor nail oil which I use every night and really helps keep the cuticles in good condition, but what I think has made a big difference is Red Carpet Manicure. My daughter Sophie and her flatmate Gilly did my nails for my book launch party. I kept it on for two weeks and when I took it off my nails had grown and seemed harder. Since then I have been using Perfect Formula as a basecoat. They are actually a bit long for me really as I’m struggling doing up jewellery clasps! Nice problem to have
    Julia x

  33. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jan
    Nice one. There is a saying “Worrying doesn’t help anything” – we would all do well to remember that
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Yvie
    Firstly ‘Happy Birthday’ for last week – I’m sorry that your day didn’t off too well but obviously someone was trying to cheer you up!
    You look after yourself – if you need a rest just have one, I know I do these days!
    Julia x

  35. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathleen
    ‘Dance like no-one is watching’ is one of my favourite sayings. When I was about 12 or 13 I used to put music on and push the furniture out of the way in our lounge and just free dance for 30 minutes or more – so liberating. You are right about us becoming less inhibited the older we get …… one bonus of ageing!
    Thanks for your lovely remark
    Julia x

  36. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sandie
    Congratulations on reaching your ten years – I know what a huge landmark that was for my mum and she is still going strong at 86.
    I think the pressure of keeping my illness to myself became too much of a burden in the end – I felt liberated when I started to tell people but I needed to know the treatment was working first.
    Let’s hope we’ve both got many more years in us yet
    Julia x

  37. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beryl
    It feels good to come out and be honest about the cause of our limps doesn’t it, after all it’s not our fault and we are the fortunate ones who survived polio.
    I have had a meeting with the British Polio Fellowship and I am going to be doing some stuff with them for the PPS awareness month coming up in July, including a sponsored swim of 100 lengths jointly for BPF and CML.
    I have also done an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper to help raise awareness – I think it will be in the aperture next week. Maybe we will meet up at an event for BPF in the future
    Julia x

  38. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I think I saw that programme and that saying is relevant for all of us, sick or not.
    Which comfy shoes do you mean? Do you mean the platform toe-post ones? If so I wore them the other day. I would never bow to peer pressure over something as inconsequential as shoes!
    I’m with Marjolein on Saturday at 5
    Julia x

  39. Julia roberts April 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Birthday Girl
    I think you should share the one about attitude with Renee – she’s a hoot!
    I like ‘Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional’ ……. which option do you think I favour?
    Look forward to the update from your birthday weekend
    Julia x

  40. Annette Roberts April 26, 2013 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’ve just joined another Forum and one of the guys on there put this quote up, not sure who it’s by or if it’s his own…
    ‘Life is like a camera
    Focus on what’s important
    Capture the good times
    Develop from the negatives
    And if things don’t work out
    Take another shot!’
    Sounds good to me, another one to put up on the office wall alongside ‘The key to happiness is having dreams…The key to success is making them come true!.
    When it happens you’ll be one of the first to know.
    Annette x

  41. Annette Roberts April 26, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Yes, it was the toe-post ones I was refering to, must of missed them! I’ve got a pair of the original FitFlops in black leather and a big buckle on the side, they are so comfy to wear, but I’ve been stuck in my old Skechers, it’s been so cold lately!
    Will look forward to seeing you with Marjolein tomorrow. I’ve just bought the TSV yesterday…hope it works with my short neck lol!
    Annette x

  42. Julia roberts April 26, 2013 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Hello Jane
    I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope that whatever treatment you are receiving works well for you without too many side effects. You are right about the shock although I didn’t realise it at the time. I remember leaving the hospital a year ago today having just been diagnosed and although I ‘took it on the chin’ inside my head three little words kept going round and round ” I have cancer” ……. it is very scary at the beginning when you don’t know if the treatment is going to work.
    You are allowed to have days when you feel sorry for yourself just not too many …….. we are in this together!
    Be strong
    Julia x

  43. Julia roberts April 26, 2013 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    The camera quote is BRILLIANT – whoever wrote that is very astute!
    I don’t know about ‘dreams coming true’ being success, I would say more satisfaction, which in turn brings happiness, the most important thing in life.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  44. Joanna Downey April 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, A bit of a late response from me, I love quotes and have a notebook full of my favourites. I agree with “That which doesn’t…” and I said it to Bex when she was in Year 9 and was being bullied at school, the bullying was dealt with and she has always remembered those words. I love “Carpe diem” because that to me is what life is about. Another favourite is the John Lennon statement “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans”. I wish I had known Eleanor Roosevelt’s words “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” when I was young and lacked confidence. This was a lovely message from you, thank you for the inspiration. Love from Jo x

  45. Julia roberts April 30, 2013 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Have you had your TSV yet? You’ll have to let me know how you get on with it.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  46. Julia roberts April 30, 2013 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Jo
    I didn’t do Latin at school so I had to look up the meaning of ‘Carpe Diem’ ….. seize the day!! Absolutely, as we all have a finite number of them.
    I totally agree with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote – I am still so lacking in confidence in ‘real life’ although brimming with it on television – weird isn’t it.
    I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s favourite quotes particularly as there are many I haven’t heard before so thanks to everyone who has contributed to this blog.
    Julia x

  47. Pauline Howells June 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I have had a wonderful weekend. You have been sitting opposite me telling me your life story. The Ups and Downs the Good and Bad things that have happened. Yes! ( have been reading your book. You are truly an inspirational woman, I too have had Ups and Downs, lost my first love when I was fifty( I am now 81 and marries to my second love, yes you can fall in love again) I had breast cancer when I was 60, my son had a heart attach at 36, recovered from it, and now aged 53 has had a tumour removed from his kidney successfully. My Mum and Dad both died with cancer, but the worst thing to happen was losing myprecious daughter and best friend aged 53 to cancer as well. \your favourite saying is how I am now able to survive and live the rest of my life with hope that we may meet again some day. God Bless you and your family

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