Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been collecting wise quotes my whole life for the simple fact they make my days that much better. These favorite quotes inspire me to love life and feel it in my loins!

Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty–his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Aldous Huxley

Travel is a creative act—not simply loafing and inviting your soul, but feeding on the imagination, accounting for each fresh wonder, memorizing, and moving on. And the best landscapes, apparently dense or featureless, hold surprises if they are studied patiently, in the kind of discomfort one can savor afterward.
Paul Theroux

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Mark Jenkins

All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Paul Fussell

If a man can keep alert and imaginative, an error is a possibility, a chance at something new. To him, wandering and wondering are a part of the same process. And he is most mistaken, most in error whenever he quits exploring.
William Least Heat-Moon

People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.
Joseph Campbell

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.
D.H. Lawrence

One finger to the system, third eye to the stars.
Zumbi, from Zion I

I hate a Roman named Status Quo! Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.
Ray Bradbury

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

And so I stand among you as one that offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence.
Thomas Merton

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

I am an experiment on the part of nature, a gamble within the unknown, perhaps for a new purpose, perhaps for nothing, and my only task is to allow this game on the part of the primeval depths to take its course, to feel its will within me and make it wholly mine.
Herman Hesse

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
Cesare Pavese

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anyone who becomes involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that there is a spirit manifest in the laws of the universe, a spirit vastly superior to that of man.
Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat-Moon

The newspaper lies, the radio lies, the TV lies, the streets howl with truth.
Henry Miller

Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents.
Ray Bradbury

Powerful men do not necessarily make the most eminent travelers; it is rather those who take the most interest in their work that succeed the best; as a huntsman says, “It is the nose that gives speed to the hound.
Francis Galton

Hate to spill the beans Philistines, but he who dies with the most stuff is not one to gain, he just dies.
And what remains non-physical for the rest of us is much more valuable.
The Grouch

So when you see us on our typewriters, sending letters snail-mail, rubbing sticks for fire, covered wagons,
That’s the tell-tale sign of contentment, peace and enlightenment
The Grouch

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
Steve McQueen

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

The future rests, then, with the cultivation of those sides of our nature which are, in terms of immediate productivity and success, almost useless.
John Nef

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
Tim Cahill

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realize it as such.
Henry Miller

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

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6 Responses to “Inspirational Quotes”

  1. John Major says:

    “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
    This quote really struck me. It truly connects straight to all of us.
    We might fall down along the way but the important thing is for us to know how to stand up again and move on.

    John Major of

    • Dave Barger says:

      It’s one of my favorite quotes as well. In addition to persistence, it also speaks of the importance of slow travel. Throw away your guide book and stay somewhere long enough to make real friends in an area. They’ll always be your best guides for that place, and maybe for something bigger like life itself.

  2. Toni White says:

    Some absolutely incredible quotes you chose Dave – I adore the Martin Buber quote; so true!
    This is exactly what I needed to read today; thank you lovely :)

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