I started collecting quotes over 10 years ago. Call me a nerd but I enjoy¬†reflecting on how they’ve spoken to me at various points in my life. Here are some that have influenced my journey in recent years

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

– Gilda Rodner

“And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.”

– Donald Miller

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

– C.S Lewis


“An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It’s anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It’s joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.’ The boy though about this and asked, ‘which one wins?’ The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.'”

“He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires.”

– Leo Tolstoy

“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and wisdom, blended in good measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they¬†are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest moment.”

– Sir Winston Churchill

“In America you have watches, in Africa we have time.”

– Nicholas from Uganda

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

– Gladiator


“Andy Dufresne, who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. Andy Dufresne, headed for the Pacific. Those of us who knew him best talk about him often. I swear, the stuff he pulled. Sometimes it makes me sad though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice, but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty when they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

– The Shawshank Redemption

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you didn’t do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

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