Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
Motivational Quotes | The Journey
A journey can be either your death or your transformation.
––PAUL THEROUX, The Happy Isles of Oceania
Out here a man wasn’t judged by whether he could read or write, or what his color was, or what kind of family he came from, or how much money he had back there, but by his skill … his mountain craft.
––WIN BLEVINS, Give Your Heart to the Hawks, A Tribute to the Mountain Men
Plans are deliberately indefinite, more to travel than to arrive anywhere.
––ROBERT PIRSIG, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
He just ambled from boulder to boulder, sometimes in a deliberate dance, with his legs crossing from left to right, right to left and for a while I followed his every step but then I learned it was better for me to just spontaneously pick my own boulders and make a ragged dance of my own.
––JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums
Motivational Quotes | Women
Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do … I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.
––EDNA GARDNER WHYTE
Motivational Quotes | The Search
Most humans … have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice.
––OG MANDINO, The Greatest Miracle in the World
What was the meaning of that South-Sea Exploring expedition, with all its parade and expense, but an indirect recognition of the fact that there are continents and seas in the moral world, to which every man is an isthmus or an inlet, yet unexplored by him, but that it’s easier to sail many thousands of miles through cold and storm and cannibals in a government ship, with 500 men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one’s own being alone.
––HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden
For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!
––HERMAN MELVILLE, Moby Dick
Motivational Quotes | Life
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
––LAST WORDS OF CROWFOOT, BLACKFOOT
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Why? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.
––JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Freedom from the Known
It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.
––From the journal of CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON MCCANDLESS
Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now.
––ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.