Maybe it’s the writer in me, but there is something about a good quote. One that gives you reason to pause and contemplate your life. One that stirs your soul and stays with you for days on end. One that brings a tear to your eye as someone puts a thought, a feeling together so succinctly that you secretly wish you said it yourself.
The quotes below are an assorted collection, some are related to travel, to writing, to a life well lived. Whenever I find one I like I frequently jot it down in my iPhone Notes – the soft-lined, yellow pages aglow with words from writers I admire and aspire to be like. Although I did quite like toting my Moleskine around town and jotting down a quote or two when I happened across them. But I digress.
If you find one or two that you like, feel free to copy and share one of your own in the comments below. Hope you find a sentence that inspires you, makes you think and, at the very least, makes you smile.
“We are, all of us, pilgrims who struggle along different paths toward the same destination.” – Antoine de St. Exupery
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
“The lust for comfort kills the passions of the soul.” – Khalil Gibran
“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I beg you … have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
“Our lives shrink or expand in proportion to our courage.” – Anaïs Nin
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life….remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan
“Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can’t–and, in fact, you’re not supposed to–know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing.” -Anne Lamott
“As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.” – Ernest Hemingway (on writing)
“You have to risk everything to achieve something sublime.” – Gail Rothschild
“Many of us travel because we’re searching for something we think is missing in our lives. But the real treasure is inside-it’s just that sometimes you have to go to a strange land and have a stranger tell you where to look.” – Toni Neubauer
“I would rather be happy than dignified.” – Charlotte Bronte
“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” ― Sylvia Plath
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt