Quotes for
the Journey:


The only difference between a rut
and a grave are the dimensions.

Ellen Glasgow


There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency- and a virtue; and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency- and a vice.     -Mark Twain


Seren-dip-ity--the dip of the serene into the common responsibilities of life.  Serendipity occurs when something beautiful breaks into the monotonous and the mundane.  A serendipitous life life marked by "suprisability" and spontaneity.  When we lose our capacity for either, we settle into life's ruts.  We expect little and we're seldom disappointed.     -Charles Swindoll

So easy to fall into a rut, isn't it?  Why should ruts be so comfortable and so unpopular?     -Ruth Gordon
People find themselves in ruts all the time.  You're in a complacent lifestyle where you work 9 to 5 and then you add a mortgage and kids.  You feel trapped, but guess what, brother?  You constructed that life.  If you're OK with it, there's nothing wrong with that.  But if you've got unease, then you've got to make a change.     -Jeremy Renner
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.     -Edith Wharton
The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of people; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!      -Henry David Thoreau

We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins. While there is life there is happiness. There is much, much before us.     -Lev Tolstoy
Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?     -Swami Sivananda
The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.     -Arnold Bennett
The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs.     -John Dewey
I visited those friends who'd just had a baby, and she was washing dishes and he was cleaning the house, and I burst with happiness.  And in their minds, they were in this terrible domestic rut.     -Josh Lucas
We are constantly misled by the ease with which our minds fall into the ruts of one or two experiences.      -William Osler

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.   For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.     -M. Scott Peck
Kids don't have ruts yet that adults have carved into their minds.  They're born logical.  Crooked thinking has to be taught.     -James P. Hogan
It is a sad and pathetic fact that many people find life a dull, lackluster experience.  People get themselves into ruts, which reminds me of a sign an old farmer put up one lovely spring beside a dirt road.  "Choose your rut carefully:  you will be in it for the next twenty-five miles."  A great many people seem to have chosen their rut and have stayed in it for twenty-five years.  One of these ruts is routine; the same procedure day in and day out with little or no variation.  That ought to be broken at any cost.     -Norman Vincent Peale
Little people with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.     -Zig Ziglar


I hate ruts.  Ruts are common, unimaginative, and oh, so boring.  I know because I've spent time in them.  Actually, I even took up emotional residence in a couple.  To make them more comfortable, I even decorated them.  I adorned the walls with excuses:  "I can't," "I tried," and "I don't wanna."  Those are just a few of the plagues, I mean plaques, I hung in my ruts.       -Patsy Clairmont

It takes guts to get out of the ruts.     -Robert Schuller

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