On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy.
Plan well before you take the journey. Remember the carpenter’s rule: Measure twice, cut once.
There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
Life is a journey, not a destination – we determine our destiny by the direction we take.
The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.
—Oliver Goldsmith (1730–74) Irish Novelist, Playwright, Poet
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.
—Enoch Powell (1912–98) English Conservative Politician, Scholar
The pioneer who fought for his liberties now has descendants who take them.
The only journey is the one within.
—Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) Austrian Poet
The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
I believe that a worthwhile life is defined by a kind of spiritual journey and a sense of obligation.
—Hillary Rodham Clinton (b.1947) American Head of State, Politician
To live is to go on a journey; to die is to come back home.
Cheerful company shortens the journey.
The dream is not the destination but the journey.
—Diane Sawyer (b.1945) American Journalist, TV Personality
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
—Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–73) American Head of State, Political leader
Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
—Horace Greeley (1811–72) American Elected Rep, Politician, Reformer, Editor
In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself astray in a dark wood
where the straight road had been lost sight of.
—Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) Italian Poet, Philosopher
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
—John Steinbeck (1902–68) American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Journalist
Accomplishment, like life, will prove to be a journey, not a destination.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
The spiritual journey does not consist in arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning one’s self and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.
—Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) English Humanist, Pacifist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Satirist
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
—Douglas Adams (1952–2001) English Novelist, Scriptwriter
Choose your fellow traveler before you start on your journey.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
—Pythagoras (570–495 BCE) Greek Philosopher
It is not the destination that is important, but the journey there.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.
—Laozi (fl.6th Century BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
—Dan Rather (b.1931) American Newscaster, Author
Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
—Laurence Sterne (1713–68) Irish Anglican Novelist, Clergyman
Where the voice of the wind calls our wandering feet,
Through echoing forest and echoing street,
With lutes in our hands ever-singing we roam,
All men are our kindred, the world is our home.
Our lays are of cities whose lustre is shed,
The laughter and beauty of women long dead;
The sword of old battles, the crown of old kings,
And happy and simple and sorrowful things.
What hope shall we gather, what dreams shall we sow?
Where the wind calls our wandering footsteps we go.
No love bids us tarry, no joy bids us wait:
The voice of the wind is the voice of our fate.
—Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949) Indian Feminist, Poet, Political Leader
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
—T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) American-born British Poet, Dramatist, Literary Critic
Good company on a journey is worth a coach.
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
—Barbara De Angelis (b.1951) American Lecturer, Author, TV Personality, Motivational Speaker
He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him.
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.
—Daniel J. Boorstin (1914–2004) American Historian, Academic, Attorney, Writer
Believing in yourself is an endless destination. Believing you have failed is the end of the journey.
Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
—J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) British Scholar, Author
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
The real thing is not the goal, the real thing is the beauty of the movement. The real thing is not reaching, the real thing is the journey. Remember, the real thing is the journey, the very traveling. It is so beautiful, why bother about the goal? And if you are too bothered about the goal, you will miss the journey, and the journey is life – the goal can only be death.
—Sri Rajneesh (Osho) (1931–90) Indian Spiritual Teacher
The journey is my home.
—Muriel Rukeyser (1913–80) American Poet, Writer
Much wisdom often goes with fewer words.
—Sophocles (495–405 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.
—Theodor Seuss Geisel (‘Dr. Seuss’) (1904–91) American Children’s Books Writer, Writer, Cartoonist, Animator
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
—M. Scott Peck (1936–2005) American Psychiatrist, Author
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
—Arthur Ashe (1943–93) American Tennis Player
We never with our eyes saw our own soul; yet we have a soul. We see many rivers, but we know not their first spring and original fountain; yet they have a beginning. …When ye are come to the other side…set down your foot on the shore of glorious eternity, and look back again to the waters and to your wearisome journey, and shall see, in that clear glass of endless glory, nearer to the bottom of God’s wisdom, ye shall then be forced to say, ‘If God had done otherwise with me than He hath done, I had never come to the enjoying of this crown of glory.’ It is your part now to believe, and suffer, and hope, and wait on…
—Samuel Rutherford (1600–61) Scottish Presbyterian Theologian, Author
Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward.
—William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) Irish Poet, Dramatist
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
—J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) British Scholar, Author
Life is just a journey.
—Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–97) English Royal, Humanitarian, Peace Activist
Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
—Dag Hammarskjold (1905–61) Swedish Statesman, UN Diplomat
Lord, with what care hast Thou begirt us round! Parents first season us; then schoolmasters deliver us to laws; they send us bound to rules of reason, holy messengers, pulpits and Sundays, sorrow dogging sin, afflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes, fine nets and stratagems to catch us in, bibles laid open, millions of surprises, blessings beforehand, ties of gratefulness, the sound of glory ringing in our ears: without, our shame; within, our consciences; angels and grace, eternal hopes and fears. Yet all these fences and their whole array one cunning bosom-sin blows quite away.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
—Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900) American Essayist, Novelist