50 Quotes to Inspire Your Journal

50 Quotes To Inspire You and Your Journal

If you’ve seen some of my previous posts on the subject (Quote Your Grandma! ) you will know I absolutely adore having quotes I’ve picked up and putting them in my journal. Inspired from happyvalentinesdayweek.com i have listed these quotes.It gives another voice to support my own on any subject you can imagine; or it paints a picture of a moment in one or two lines.

So I put together a 50 piece list of quotes to inspire your writing, and even you! Browse through or save it for later (50 was long to put together I can’t imagine reading it fresh). A lot of them were quotes I had already used as prompts or emphasis in my own journals but some I found new and thought on myself! Comment below which quote was your personal favorite!

50 Quotes to Inspire
1
“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”
Alan Alda

2
Sitting for even five minutes with a journal offers a rare cease-fire in the battle of daily life.
Alexandra Johnson

3
“Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.”
Pat Conroy

4
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

5
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
Jodi Picoult

6
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
Oscar Wilde

7
“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.”
Mandy Hale

8
“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”
Jane Austen

9
“They’d never been lovers, of course, not in the physical sense. But they’d been lovers as most of us manage, loving through expressions and gestures and the palm set softly upon the bruise at the necessary moment. Lovers by inclination rather than by lust. Lovers, that is, by love.”
Gregory Maguire

10
“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”
Kristin Hannah

11
“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
Audrey Niffenegger

12
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

13
“I lived my life being told different stories: some true, some lies and I still don’t know which is which. Children are born innocent. At birth we are very much like a new hard drive – no viruses, no bad information, no crap that’s been downloaded into it yet. It’s what we feed into that hard drive, or in my case “head drive” that starts the corruption of the files.”
Nikki Sixx

14
“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together.”
Sherman Alexie

15
“I feel this society somewhere has lost its sense of what art is. Art is expression. In expression, you need 100% full freedom and our freedom to express our art is seriously being fucked with. Fuck, the word ‘fuck’ has many connotations as does the word ‘art’.”
Kurt Cobain (Journals)

16
“Expression that comes from the deepest, darkest place that most of us would rather hide from the rest of the world is the substance that will most likely also deeply affect others.”
Ken Poirot

17
“The average personality re-shapes frequently, every few years even our bodies undergo a complete overhaul-desirable or not, it is a natural thing that we should change.”
Truman Capote

18
“Perhaps it seems odd that a casual meeting on the street could have brought about such change. But sometimes life is like that isn’t it.”
Arthur Golden

19
“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”
Katharine Hepburn

20
“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.”
Jack Kerouac

21
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
Charles Swindoll

22
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

23
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Seneca

24
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
Marcus Aurelius

25
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

26
“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
Carl Jung

27
One cannot spend forever sitting and solving the mysteries of one’s history.
Lemony Snicket

28
We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war.
Charles Caleb Colton

29
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Voltaire

30
If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles. Benjamin Franklin

31
There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.
Carol Shields

32
Be careful not to drown in a mirage. Terri Guillemets

33
It’s easy to believe in magic when you’re young. Anything you couldn’t explain was magic then. It didn’t matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible — elves probably more so.
Charles de Lint

34
Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.
Voltaire

35
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
St. Augustine

36
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar. Pablo Picasso

37
The perfect tattoo… the one I believe we are all struggling toward… is the one that turned the jackass into a zebra.
Cliff Rave

36
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Anaïs Nin

37
Some stories are true that never happened.
Elie Weisel

38
is more powerful than the real…. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die.
Chuck Palahniuk

39
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

40
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

41
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman

42
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
Oscar Wilde

43
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates

44
“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.” Oscar Wilde

45
“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”
George Harrison

46
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Oscar Wilde

47
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”–Bren Brown

48
“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)

49
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
William James

50
“From quite early on, I had this idea of compartmentalized identities – ‘this is how you are when you are with your mum, and this is how you are when you are with your dad’ – so it seemed like I could never absolutely be myself. And the image of myself as compromised and inconsistent made me want to withdraw from the world even further. I had a sense of formulating a paper-mache version of myself to send out in the world, while I sat controlling it remotely from some smug suburban barracks.”
Russell Brand (My Booky Wook)

Journal on,
Caroline

(Do comment and let me know your favorite from this list!)