Memorable Quotes

Adventure

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather
“Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” – Jacqueline Cochran
“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – George C. Scott
“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space.” – Jim Whittaker
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top. It is the willpower that is the most important.” – Junko Tabei
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay
“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
“Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.” – Amelia Earhart
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bernard Williams
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A nomad I will remain for life in love with distant and uncharted places.” – Isabelle Eberhardt
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost
“We know what we are but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart
“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.” – Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller
“Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.” – Angelina Jolie
“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
“I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.” – George Foreman
“To travel is to possess the world.” – Elias Burton Holmes
“Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature.” – Freya Stark
“Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
“There is no end to the adventures that we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” – Ray Bradbury
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho
“You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” – Ovid
“To me the trail is calling. The old trail. The trail that is always new.” – Matthew Henson
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot
“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alaine Gerbault
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir
“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.”
“I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.”
“What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.”
“The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.”
“Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?” – Sterling Hayden. In: Wanderer.
“Not all those who wander are lost” – from The Riddle of Strider by J.R.R. Tolkien. In: The Lord of the Rings.
“It is fatal to know too much at the outset. Boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as the novelist who is over-certain of his plot.” – Paul Thoreau

Authenticity

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” – Frederick Douglass
“Remain true to yourself, for it is from authenticity that you draw your strength.” – Daniel Herrero

Determination

“Don’t Let What You Can’t Do Interfere With What You Can Do.” – John Wooden
“Determination Is The Wake-Up Call To The Human Will.” – Anthony Robbins
“Nothing Happens Until I Make It Happen.” – Scott Wilson
“He Who is Not Courageous Enough To Take Risks Will Accomplish Nothing In Life.” – Muhammad Ali
“In The Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
“All your Dreams Can Come True – If You Have the Courage To Pursue Them.” – Walt Disney
“Never Go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination Is power.” – Charles Simmons
“You May Have To Fight A Battle More Than Once To Win It.” – Margaret Thatcher
“There Is No Security On This Earth, There Is Only Opportunity.” – Douglas MacArthur
“There Is Only One Motivation, And That Is Desire. No Reasons Or Principle Contain It Or Stand Against It.” – Jane Smiley
“Start By Doing What’s Necessary, Then What’s Possible, And Suddenly You Are Doing The Impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“The Will To Persevere is Often The Difference Between Failure And Success.” – David Sarnoff
“It’s Simply A Matter Of Doing What You Do Best And Not Worrying About What The Other Fellow Is Going To Do.” – John R. Amos
“There Is No Great Achievement That Is Not The Result of patient Working and Waiting.” – J. G. Holland
“Do or Do Not. There Is No Try.” – Yoda
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Henry Ford
“Obstacles are those frightful things that you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
“Everybody pities the weak, jealousy you have to earn.” – Arnold Schwarenegger
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10.000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Alva Edison
“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
“Being on the tightrope is living, everything else is waiting.” – Karl Wallend
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
“Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

Health

“Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine and good water.” – Flying Hawk (Native American saying)
“Early to bed and early to rise makes any man healthy, wealthy, and wise” – Benjamin Franklin
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Life

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

Mastery

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
“An unfulfilled vocation drains the colour from a man’s entire existence.” – Honoré De Balzac
“Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education. They tell you about your own inadequacies.” – Robert Greene
“The passive ironic attitude is not cool or romantic, but pathetic and destructive.” – Robert Greene
“No moment is wasted if you pay attention and learn the lessons contained in every experience.” – Robert Greene
“Mastery is not a question of genetics of luck, but of following your natural inclinations and the deep desires that stirs you from within.” – Robert Greene
“Mastery is not a function of genius or talent, it is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge.” – Robert Greene
“It is the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures.” – Robert Greene
“If you are worried about what others think and about how your position in the group might be jeopardized, then you will never really create anything.” – Robert Greene
“Your work is the single greatest means at your disposal for expressing you social intelligence.” – Robert Greene
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
“Curiosity is its own reason.” – Albert Einstein
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.” – Zora Neale Hurston
“Become what you are by learning who you are.” – Pindar
“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.” – Bill Bradley
“A man of talent is not born to be left to himself, but to devote himself to art and good masters who will make something of him.” – Johann Peter Eckermann
“One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Motivation

“We are not creatures of circumstance, we are creators of circumstance.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“What lies before us, what lies behind us, is nothing compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Instead of saying, “I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues” say “I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.”” – Horacio Jones
“We get to choose how the rest of our life is going to go.” – Zan Perrion

Music

“God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards. Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble… The musical art often speaks in sounds more penetrating than the words of poetry, and takes hold of the most hidden crevices of the heart…Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Ahhhhh, it’s time to relax, you know what that means, a glass of wine, your favourite easy chair, and of course, this compact disc playing on your home stereo. So go on, and indulge yourself, that’s right, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, lean back and just enjoy the melodies. After all, music soothes even the savage beast.” – The Offspring, Time to Relax
“Music is life force expressed in notes and phrases, so the more life force the player has, the more energized the music will sound. Concentrate on your health. Seek a nutritious diet, and drink lots of water every day. The better the quality and balance of food you eat, the less energy your body uses for digestion, and the more energy you have in reserve for your music. For your mental self, clear your mind of unnecessary chatter and negative messages that distract your focus when you’re performing or composing. For your emotional self, address nagging problems. It’s hard to be honest and deal with things, but you’ll feel so much better afterwards, and the less internal stress sapping your energy, the more you can put into music.” – John Jorgenson

Nature

“That master magician Nature practices no greater deception on us than when she persuades us that we are free agents.” – ethnologist Daniel G. Brinton, 1898
“By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” – Eun Mi
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir, 1915

Open Mind

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett
“I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.” – Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Practical Pessimism

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain
“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” – Yoda
“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” – Epictetus
“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not to suffer.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
“Every time we choose safely, we reinforce fear.” – Cheri Huber
“The simple willingness to improve is more vital, in the long run, than research.” – Rolf Potts
“Don’t avoid what you fear – define it.” – Tim Ferriss
“Many of the fears you have are based on undervalueing the things that are easily obtainable.” – Tim Ferriss

Reading

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” – Aldous Huxley

Silence

“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting. For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He no longer lives as a man.” – Thomas Merton
“To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven . . . a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” – Ecclesiastes: III, 1 & 7
“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of shining pool—his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life.” – Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), a Sioux tribesman

Solitude

“It is all very well to insist that man is a “social animal”—the fact is obvious enough. But that is no justification for making him a mere cog in a totalitarian machine—or in a religious one either, for that matter. In actual fact, society depends for its existence on the inviolable personal solitude of its members. Society, to merit its name, must be made up not of numbers, or mechanical units, but of persons. To be a person implies responsibility and freedom, and both these imply a certain interior solitude, a sense of personal integrity, a sense of one’s own reality and of one’s ability to give himself to society—or to refuse that gift.
When men are merely submerged in a mass of impersonal human beings pushed around by automatic forces, they lose their true humanity, their integrity, their ability to love, their capacity for self-determination. When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate.” – Thomas Merton
“Leading oneself—is the foundation of leading others. And personal leadership comes through solitude.” – Army Lt. Colonel Michael Erwin
“We forget that, as Anthony Storr once put it, ‘art is communication . . . implicitly or explicitly, the work which [the artist] produces in solitude is aimed at somebody.’
The great bulk of creative work produced in solitude is aimed at an audience . . . refusal to seek this communion is both immoral and self-defeating: the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” – Koch
“Solitude bears the same relation to the mind that sleep does to the body. It affords it the necessary opportunities for repose and recovery.” – William G. Simms
“I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Therefore, in order to win me over, your presence has to feel better than my solitude. You’re not competing with another person, you are competing with my comfort zone.” – Horacio Jones

Strenuousity

“Parts, when used, grow; when not used, waste and become small. The conditions of growth are that a part shall be exercised, and shall be supplied with food. This is true not only of every muscle and nerve in our body, but of mental and moral qualities.” – Edmund Alexander Parkes, On Personal Care of Health, 1876
“A permanently successful peace-economy cannot be a simple pleasure-economy.” – William James, 1909
“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 1899
“Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“To enter life we all need a fearful challenge, something hard to do.” – Edward Pearson Pressey, 1909

Writing

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” – Samuel Johnson
“We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.” – W. Somerset Maugham
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly
“All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.” – Bobby Knight