I love love love a good quote !!
Here I’m sharing some of the quotes that have struck a chord or inspired me in some way.
Quotes… inspire, they motivate, they stimulate, they can be timeless and find new ways to challenge us & our thinking, they can sometimes manage to distil complicated concepts and ideas, they can drill down to the core of a concept, an idea, or value. This, for me, means they can make great jumping off places for journaling.
I used many quotes in the three free Journaling projects which I have run in the past. If you missed any of these, you’ll find a free PDF version of each of the Journal projects in the Free Stuff section of my web site.
Below you will find a selection of some of my favourite quotes and I’ll be adding a new one every week which you could use as a journaling prompt if it speaks to you. Or you might want to find out a little more about the author of the quote.
Occasionally, in place of a quote I may share an image instead . As Carl Jung said….”The soul speaks in image”.
An image can speak a thousand words and each one of us will respond to an image in our own way, making images another great jumping off place for working in our journals, either responding to the image with words, writing, or with an image of our own.
‘To write is above all to construct a self. Journal entries and life histories as well as fictions poems and plays are variations on the most fundamental human need to know oneself deeply and in relation to the world.’
‘It is in a journal that many writers for the first time dare to take the risk of writing honestly.’
(Writing alone and with others. p.68)
‘when we become aware that we are telling ourselves stories, we begin to have a a choice about what stories we are telling and that is the beginning of authoring our own existence.’
(I will not die and unlived life; reclaiming purpose and passion. p.125)
“It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us”
“Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world & the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer”
“There are no ‘most women’ and not to be one, through disinclination or disability even, is not to be a personal failure: the failure lies in the expectations of others”
Janet Frame 1924 – 2004
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do”
Frida Kahlo 1907 – 1954
“My hearts desire was freedom…400 years ago they’d have burned me as a witch or dunked me like a big biscuit”
Kathy Burke 1964 –