I hope you enjoy these quotations as much as I do. Perhaps I will add more lyrics from songs that inspire me. Whatever the case, please feel free to share some of your own.
I begin with a poem from my favorite poet, pictured above, Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
And I follow that up with a quotation from Rudyard Kipling that sites on the wall of Wimbledon’s Centre Court. All who pass down this hallway see this quotation: “If you can meet with triumph and disaster/and treat those two imposters just the same.” I have a photo of that quotation that I shall find and post above. (Cannot find it right now)
“All my bags are packed and I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye” – John Denver
“And each town looks the same to me the movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see reminds me that I long to be
I wish I was
Homeward bound” – Paul Simon
“Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realise how important it is to use the time I have.” – Viggo Mortensen
“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit” – Frank Borman
“One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” – Thomas Jefferson (I have found this to be true)
From my Cape Town buddy and distinguished barrister: “Keep on writing about things you find funny. With any luck, one day, somebody might actually laugh at you” – Barry the V.
“To drink Champagne in a flute glass is like going to a concert with earplugs in. You lose everything that is fragile and nuanced.”—Margareth Henriquez
“To jazz or not to jazz, there is no question” – Louis Armstrong
“The Answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” – Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate
From our local Pulitzer winner: “The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” – William Saroyan, ‘The Noiseless Tenor
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the human race” – H.G. Wells (how did he know this?)
“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then” – Alice in Wonderland
“A bicycle trip around the world begins with a single pedal stroke” – Scott Stoll
“Only those who would like to be constantly surprised should travel” – Oskar Maria Graf
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – I Love Cycling
“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made!” – M. Facklam
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest,” – Albert Einstein
“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty” – Japanese Proverb
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
“The body benefits from movement, the mind benefits from stillness” – Sakyong Miphan
I wish more of you would share your best quotes with me. My writing prof at Fresno State starts each chapter in her books with a quote. I plan to do the same, someday soon.