it’s my thing. i remember being younger and printing off pages and pages of quotes. about love, about life, about dreams. i could read them for hours. i felt they were more inspiring than most anything else i read. than years later, in old boxes in my closet, i would find these same pages, crinkled and worn. some quotes even highlighted, as though they were to be seared on my heart more than others.
“to live, to live will be an awfully big adventure.” – hook.
“you can’t be wise and in love at the same time.” – bob dylan.
“a possibility was born the day you were born and it will live as long as you live.” -marcus solero.
“greatness is not a function of the constraints your dealt, but a function of your choices.” – bono.
“but only in their dreams can men be truly free. twas always thus and always thus will be.” – keating.
“the good things in life aren’t easy and they require a lot of work and a lot of digging deep. and if you keep digging, you will find it. i mean, it’s endless. you have so much ability and gold in you. and if you just dig for it, you will find it.” – mattie.
“what’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?” – jack kerouac.
“stop talking about love. every asshole in the world says he loves somebody. it means nothing. it still doesn’t mean anything. what you feel only matters to you. it’s what you do to the people you say you love, that’s what matters. it’s the only thing that counts.” – the last kiss.
“life is a petty thing unless there is a pounding within it an enormous desire to extend its boundaries. we live in proportion to the extent to which we yearn to live more.” – jose ortega y gasset.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh…” – from On the Road, Jack Kerouac.
“the world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. they expect little and as a result they get little.” – ben sweetland.
“to live is to choose. but to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” – kofi annan.
“try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. try to be alive.” – william saroyan.
“life is full of choices, if you have the guts to go for it. that’s why i get immediately bored with anyone complaining about how boring their life is, or how bad their town is. f***ing leave and go somewhere else. or don’t.” – henry rollins
“i never knew of a morning in Africa when i woke that i was not happy.” – ernest hemingway.
“i didn’t go to classes. i was enrolled but i didn’t go to classes. i just didn’t feel like it. we were singin’ and playin’ all night, sleepin’ most the morning. i didn’t really have time for studies.” – bob dylan.
“for once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – leonardo da vinci.
“now since I have seen the ocean with my own eyes, i feel completely how important it is for me to stay in the south and to experience the color which must be carried to the uttermost- it is not far to Africa.” – vincent van gogh
“if a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – henry david thoreau.
“so many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. the very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. the joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”- chris mccandless
“there’s no excuse to be bored. sad, yes. angry, yes. depressed, yes. crazy, yes. but there’s no excuse for boredom, ever.” – viggo mortensen
“we turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.” – charles c. west.
“This is what it means to be an adventurer in our day: to give up creature comforts of the mind, to realize possibilities of imagination. Because everything around us says no you cannot do this, you cannot live without that, nothing is useful unless it’s in service to money, to gain, to stability.
The adventurer gives in to tides of chaos, trusts the world to support her – and in doing so turns her back on the fear and obedience she has been taught. She rejects the indoctrination of impossibility.
My adventure is a struggle for freedom.”