Here are some of my all-time favorite quotes. You’ve seen some of them in Celebrating the Journey. Some are new. Enjoy!


What you think of me is none of my business.
—Terry Cole Whitaker

If the world is really just a stage and we are all actors, what kind of play are you writing with your life?
—Phil Humbert

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
—Louis L’Amour

Laughter is an instant vacation.
—Milton Berle
To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light.
—Carl Jung

Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place we must find.
—Dr. Wayne Dyer

Curiosity is the antidote to fear.
—Jim Finch

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
—Maria Robinson

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize
a mistake when you make it again.
— F. P. Jones

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!
—Jonathan Winters

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.
—Ray Bradbury

Worry is a dark room where fears are developed and enlarged
—Teresa Eagel

If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person?
—Rob Bremer

We age because of deterioration rather than deteriorate because of aging.
—Douglas Baumber

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.”
—Burton Hills.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
—Bertrand Russell

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
—Theodore Roethke

We are the hurdles we leap to be ourselves.
—Michael McClure

Challenge your most cherished assumptions.
—Author unknown

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
—Harold Thurman Whitman

What you think of me is none of my business.
—Terry Cole Whitaker

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.
—Peter McWilliams

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
—Amelia Earhart

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
—Henry Drummond

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

But I did breathe and I did hang on,
and it did pass.
As it always did —
whatever “it” might be.
—Margo Chisholm in To The Summit

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
—Naguib Mahfouz

If you don’t take care of your body,
where will you live?
—Susie Reneau

Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.
—Elaine St. James

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
—Norman Cousins

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wished I’d realized it

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional
glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful
scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.
—Harold B. Melchart

In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter
as much as the way we have loved one another.
—Daphne Rose Kingman

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude.
—Victor Frankl

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
—Mark Twain

The heart holds answers the brain refuses to see.
—Rob Kall

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
—Jimi Hendrix

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
—Elizabeth Kuebler Ross

…if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely
everything is ready, we shall never begin.
—Ivan Turgenev

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner of later to find time for illness.
—John Wanamaker

It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
—Ursula K. Leguin

Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our love.
—Ranier Maria Rilke

Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.
—Samuel Butler

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I am with you kid Let’s go!’
—Maya Angelou

You can end half your troubles immediately by no longer permitting people to tell you what you want.
—Vernon Howard

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory

Where you end up isn’t the most important thing. It’s the road you take to get there. The road you take is what you’ll look back on and call your life.
—Tim Wiley

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
—Stephen Covey

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
—Guillaume Apollinaire

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
—Amelia Earhart

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.
—Carlos Castaneda

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying,
‘I don’t want to.’

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
—John Wooden

If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I came to live out loud.
—Emile Zola

Experience is what you get
when you don’t get what you want.

It is never too late
to be what you might have been.
—George Eliot

You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart
until it is burning in your own.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not because things are difficult
that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare
that they are difficult.

There is no greater privilege in life
than being yourself.
—Joseph Campbell

Peace is not needing to know
what will happen next.
—Susie Reneau

The most powerful weapon on earth
is the human soul on fire.
—Ferdinand Foch

For fast-acting relief,
try slowing down.
—Lily Tomlin

An Indian guru appeared, clad in a loincloth.
As he began to adjust my spine like a chiropractor, I protested, “Stop, you’re giving me a lot of pain.”
“No,” he responded… “I’m giving you change.
It’s your resistance that’s giving you the pain.”

Once you are real
you can’t become unreal again.
It lasts for always.
—Margery Williams in The Velveteen Rabbit

If you continue to think the way
you have always thought,
you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got.
Is it enough?
—Paul Meyer

It is better to make a mistake
with the full force of your being
than to carefully
avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit.
—Dan Millman

When push comes to should…
—Steve Straus and Margo Chisholm

The summit is only the excuse for being here.
—Gary Ball

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
—Victor Borge

How old would you be
if you didn’t know how old you was?
—Satchell Paige

Hate is a prolonged form of suicide.
—Douglas V. Steere

Unhappiness is in not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
—Don Herold

One way to get high blood-pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills.
—Earl Wilson

Even if you’re on the right track,
you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
—Will Rogers

No man is a failure
who is enjoying life.
—William Feather

Pain is inevitable.
Suffering is optional.
—Kathleen Casey Theisen

If you’re not playing a big enough game,
you’ll screw up the game you’re playing
just to give yourself something to do.
—Peter McWilliams

Try not.
Do or do not.
There is no try.

Climb from your heart
and think of me on the summit.
—Margo Chisholm in To The Summit

Here is the test to find whether
your mission on earth is finished:
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
—Richard Bach

An adventure
is only an inconvenience,
rightly considered.
—G. K. Chesterton

“Come to the edge,” life said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” life said.
They came. He pushed them…
and they flew.
—Guillaume Apollinaire

The last of the human freedoms
is to choose one’s attitude.
—Victor Frankl

Laughter is inner jogging.
—Norman Cousins

We are here and it is now.
Further than that,
all knowledge is moonshine.
—H. L. Mencken

Let your heart guide you.
It whispers,
so listen closely.
—The Land Before Time

You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don’t try.
—Beverly Sills

It is an ironic habit of human beings
to run faster when we have lost our way.
—Rollo May

This is my passion.
I am a climber,
and standing on the summit of Mount Everest
is my dream.
The only failure would be not to try.
—Margo Chisholm in To the Summit

Peace lies within, awaiting your return.

Life’s under no obligation to give us
what we expect.
—Margaret Mitchell

Tears are like rain.
They loosen up our soil
so we can grow in different directions.
—Virginia Casey

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
—Pearl Bailey

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
—Samuel Ullman

No one cares how much you know
until they know how much you care.
—Cavett Robert

And if not now, when?
—The Talmud

I wish you the courage to be warm
when the world would prefer you to be cool.
—Robert A. Ward

The one who says it cannot be done
should never interrupt the one who is doing it.

Freedom is what you do
with what’s been done to you.
—Jean-Paul Sartre