SOME OF MY FAVOURITE QUOTES AND SAYINGS ABOUT TRAVEL, WORK AND LIFE. If you have read any of my blogs, you will know I love a good quote. These are the ones I have collected over time.

Quotes or lines from Outlander. I love Diana Gabaldon’s style of writing. Her books have so many good lines in them and the characters are so rounded and believable. She has written some of the best lines I've ever read.


“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,

I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.

I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander


“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander


“Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“Overall, the library held a hushed exultation, as though the cherished volumes were all singing soundlessly within their covers.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“It's a good country for myths. Things seem to take root here.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“Getting up once in the dark to go adventuring is a lark. Twice in two days smacks of masochism.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“When had the right to live as one wished ever been considered trivial?” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“A well-expressed opinion is usually better than a badly expressed fact,”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“Dawn was coming up in streaks and slashes over the foggy moor.”― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander



“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”  Douglas Adams


“A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.” - Douglas Adams


“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” - Douglas Adams


“Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there's no point trying to look in that direction because it won't be coming from there.” - Douglas Adams

“This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole, it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” - Douglas Adams

“The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.” - Douglas Adams

“He was constantly reminded of how startlingly different a place the world was when viewed from a point only three feet to the left.” - Douglas Adams

“In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground.” - Douglas Adams

“If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.” - Douglas Adams

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”  Douglas Adams

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.”  Neil Gaiman

“Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.” Neil Gaiman

“...inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.” Terry Pratchet

“If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you.” - Terry Pratchett

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J. R. R. Tolkien

“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” --J. K Rowling

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”― Jack Kerouac

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” -Jack Kerouac

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. "I don't much care where ..." said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.—LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland

“By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.” — Irvine Welsh

“You can only live in the world you ken. The rest is just wishful thinking or paranoia.” — Irvine Welsh

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” Irving Wallace

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”  Neale Donald Walsch

“Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened”  Dr. Seuss



“If you worry about yesterday's failures, then today's successes will be few. The future depends on what we do in the present.” -Mahatma Gandhi


“It's not too late at all. You just don't yet know what you are capable of.” -Mahatma Gandhi


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi


There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.” Mahatma Gandhi


“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results” -Mahatma Gandhi


“Be the change you are trying to create.” Mahatma Gandhi


“There are two days in the year that we can not do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” --Mahatma Gandhi


“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habit. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi


“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so” - Mahatma Gandhi


“Every day is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each.” Christopher Rice


It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. “George Lorimer


The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.” Anonymous


Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Henry David Thoreau


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain


Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” Robert Kiyosaki


“A  journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu


“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” Oprah Winfrey


Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt


Persist – don’t take no for an answer. If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk, you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years.” David Rubenstein


It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt


I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” Pablo Picasso


“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg


They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol


“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”  Sir Richard Burton


“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”  Jennifer Lee


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustav Flaubert


“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”  Ibn Battuta


“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” Asian Proverb


”Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”


"And I could feel what he felt on the night when he realized that if he didn't leave, it would never be his life. It would be theirs."  The Perks of Being a Wallflower film by Stephen Chbosky


“To Travel is to Live”  Hans Christian Andersen


“The journey not the arrival matters.” T.S. Eliott


”Life is short and the world is wide”


“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”


“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”  Randy Komisar


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect “Mark Twain


Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of Imagination”  Oscar Wilde.


I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. “ Mark Twain


“Giving up on your goals because of one setback is like slashing all four of your tires because one of them is flat.” Dolmar Cross


“Many a false step was made by standing still.” Fortune Cookie


“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”  YODA, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning physicist


Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. John F. Kennedy


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”  Helen Keller


“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener


“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber


” Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.”  Thomas Fuller


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Agustine of Hippo


“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” Lawrence Block


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson


”What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds.  When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.” William Least Heat-Moon


“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Anaïs Nin


“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu


“Life is a journey. Make the best of it.”


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”  Jawaharial Nehru


“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” Mark Twain


“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  Andre Gide


“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli


“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” Suzanne Collins


“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” Aldous Huxley


“Blessed are the curious for they will have adventures.”


“You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.”


“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain


“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” Chief Seattle


“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.” Henry Rollins


“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”  Dalai Lama


“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”  Paolo Coelho


“Conventional wisdom tells us… we take our baggage with us. I’m not so sure. Travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. Sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to Cleveland and is never heard from again.”   Eric Weiner


“The goal is to die with memories not dreams”


“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” Robert Frost


“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” Stephen Covey


“Everything you do is based on the choices you make” Wayne Dyer


“There’s no way I was born to just pay bills and die”


“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux


“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”  Mary Anne Radmacher


“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” Oscar Wilde


“I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.”  Nyssa P. Chopra


“ Veni, Vini, Amavi. We came, we saw, we loved.”


“ I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it”


“You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to get to know you!”–Unknown


“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?”  Caroline Myss


“Waiting for the perfect moment to travel? It is here right now!” Unknown


“ If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

“ You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“ It doesn't matter what measurement is around our thigh, it matters what you put out into the world.” Sophia Bush

“Treat everyone equally, use your voices for good, and read all the great books.” Barbara Bush



“Now's the day and now's the hour.” Robert Burns


“Life is but a day at most.” Robert Burns


“To see her is to love her,

And love but her forever;

For nature made her what she is,

And never made anither!”

Robert Burns


My heart 's in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart 's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.”  - Robert Burns


“Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit.” - Robert Burns


Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”  Robert Burns


“Farewell, my friends! farewell, my foes! My peace with these, my love with those. The bursting tears my heart declare; Farewell, the bonnie banks of Ayr.”  Robert Burns


“It's better to die than to never really have lived.” William Wallace


“Every person dies. Not every person really lives.” William Wallace


“Wherever I wander, wherever I rove; the hills of the highland forever I love.” -Robert Burns

There are no stars as lovely as Edinburgh street-lamps.” -Robert Louis Stevenson


“And though I would rather die elsewhere, yet in my heart of hearts, I long to be buried among good Scots clods. I will say it fairly, it grows on me with every year.” -Robert Louis Stevenson


“Give me Scotland or I die.” -John Knox


“There’s a lot of fantasy about what Scotland is, and the shortbread tins and that sort of thing.” -Sean Connery


“In Scotland, as beautiful as it is, it was always raining. Even when it wasn’t raining, it was about to rain or had just rained. It’s a very angry sky.” -Colin Hay


SCOTLAND QUOTES - some in the above quotes from famous Scotts too.

I absolutely love Scotland. I’m always happy there.” -Jennifer Saunders

“Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Scotland is the best place in the whole world.” -Gail Porter


“Edinburgh is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” -Alexander McCall Smith

“It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whiskey is delicious. But don’t eat the macaroni pies.” -J.K. Rowling

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