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Quotes for
the Journey:

the Journey

You cannot tread the Path before
you become the Path yourself.

Zen saying


Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. . . .  Look at every path closely and deliberately.  Try it as many times as you think necessary.  Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. . . . Does this path have a heart?  If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.       -Carlos Castaneda

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.        -Muriel Strode
Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.       -Maya Angelou
If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of the human become in its long journey toward the stars?        -Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be;  custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.       -Pythagoras

If we are spiritual beings on a human path rather than human beings who may be on a spiritual path, then life is not only a journey but a pilgrimage or quest as well.        -Jean Shinoda Bolen

Over the years I have learned that life is a voyage of discovery and not a safe harbor.  It is on the voyage that we learn how to steer our own lives and with them the life of the nation we love.  We learn to coexist with our fears, to surmount the obstacles before us.  We find ways to defy danger, even as we reach deep within ourselves for solutions to the challenges of the age.        -Katherine D. Ortega
If your love is for the left lane, swing on over there and feel the wind flying through your hair, and the bugs splatting against your dark glasses.  But if the right lane beckons you, indulge your penchant for counting wildflowers in the field or discarded tennis shoes on the freeway.  Most important, we must all remember, left-laners or right-laners, we are to be tender with each other.        -Marilyn Meberg
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.        -Ursula K. LeGuin
Whenever two ways lie before us, one of which is easy and the other hard, one of which requires no exertion while the other calls for resolution and endurance, happy are those who choose the mountain path and scorn the thought of resting in the valley.  These are the men and women who are destined in the end to conquer and succeed.

Time is not measured by the years that you live
But by the deeds you do and the joy that you give--
And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one
To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone
That would brighten the life or lighten the load
Of some weary traveler lost on Life's Road--
So what does it matter how long we may live
If as long as we live we unselfishly give.

Helen Steiner Rice

A word grows to a thought, a thought to an idea, an idea to an act.   The change is slow, and the present is a sluggish traveler loafing in the path tomorrow wants to take.       -Beryl Markham
To take a life, your life, and steer it in the direction you would like, toward the career you want and the fulfillment of your dreams, is the journey--the only real journey.  No matter how rich or successful you think you are, unless you harness your dreams and continue to grow and develop, a boring, sedentary life will set in.  Similarly, those who think they are at the bottom of the barrel, who feel apathetic and numb or think their lives have no chance--they, too, can turn it around and change.  Whether you feel you're unsuccessful, at the bottom of the barrel, or somewhere in between, it's time to shake yourself into action and onto the road of your dreams.        -Milton Katselas

Whatever course you have chosen for yourself, it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring to it a sense of the glory of striving. . . if your sights are set far above the merely secure and mediocre.       -David Sarnoff


Sometimes, while traveling on life's journey, we get stopped by a bad attitude, which can cripple us.  It's like having a flat tire that needs changing before we can continue on the road.  With our destination firmly in our minds, we must first pull over and admit that something in our lives needs to change.  Then we must jack the wheel off the ground and life that situation to God in prayer.  After that we must remove the flat tire and replace it with a new one, substituting the wrong attitude with a positive one.        -Barbara Johnson

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It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction.  We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents, teachers, and other authority figures, who should know better from their experience.  Information is about facts.  Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive.  But no matter how much advice you get, you are the one who chooses which train to board.  As you pass through life, pay attention to the signs and stations; if you don't like the scenery, pull the emergency cord and get off the train.  There is no other conductor in charge.  There is no one who needs to give you permission to transfer.  This is your life.  Your journey.  Your trip to conduct.        -Bernie Siegel

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.         -H. Jackson Browne

Right now I know that I am standing on the threshold of a breakthrough--a spiritual journey that will take me further along in my growth than I could ever possibly imagine.  This is a journey on which I will be filled with a peace that far surpasses anything I have ever experienced, and I begin it by knowing and living the truth of my divine potential.  I am on a journey of positive thinking, praying, and living.  If ever I find myself falling into a rut of negative thinking, I can't break down--I break through!  I break through the barriers of those negative thoughts and that less-than-positive attitude.  I break through and discover that I am a spiritual being on a divine journey.         -unattributed
It has not been, and never will be, easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.       -Marian Zimmer Bradley

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning.  One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and the both have the virtuous quality of repetition.  Repetition and ritual and their good results come in many forms.  Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick--don't let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits.  Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our "practice" which will put us on a "path"--it is our path.
-Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild
Find the journey's end in every step.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead.  No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress.  We cannot take more than one step at a time.     -Orison Swett Marden
Over the years I have learned that life is a voyage of discovery and not a safe harbor.  It is on the voyage that we learn how to steer our own lives and with them the life of the nation we love.  We learn to coexist with our fears, to surmount the obstacles before us.  We find ways to defy danger, even as we reach deep within ourselves for solutions to the challenges of the age.     -Katherine D. Ortega


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