Quotes ~ Isolation ~ Solitude ~ Favorite Photos

I have always loved solitude … however, solitude is very different from isolation, or a government mandated “stay home” order (no date for the commencement of phase 2 in western Washington). Thought I’d share some thought provoking quotes about isolation and solitude and also some favorite photos from recent journeys. And yes, I am planning my next road trip. For now, armchair travel will suffice. 

Every terrorist regime in the world uses isolation to break people’s spirits. bell hooks

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work. Haruki Murakami  

Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. Salman Rushdie

The worst cruelty that can be inflicted on a human being is isolation. Sukarno

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions. Robert Fulghum

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual ..  near or far.

Some Favorite Quotes & Photos from Life’s Journey …

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren  Kierkegaard

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt 

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. Maxime Lagacé 

Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. Snoopy

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

Savor your journeys, near or far… real or imagined … past or future … 

Happy New Year ~ Quotes

Wishing you and your family and friends a fabulous New Year ~ filled with love,  laughter, terrific journeys and dreams come true!! 

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. Diogenes

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. Robert Fulghum

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  Anatole France 

 

Merry Christmas ~ Quotes

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful and very Merry Christmas. Let me share some favorite quotes for this glorious Holiday. 

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro

 Christmas is the day that holds all time together.  Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney

 The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Richard Paul Evans

 May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Unknown

 We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens

Gig Harbor, WA ~ Waning Days of Fall ~ Photos ~Quotes

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ Unknown

 “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Brontë

 “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” ~ Victoria Erickson

 “A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” ~ Unknown

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” ~ Shira Tamir

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale”—Lauren DeStefano

“November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December, the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls, and the shapes of the trees are revealed, when the earth imperceptibly wakes, and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent”—Alison Uttley

Travel ~ Quotes ~ Photos

Below are some favorite travel quotes and photos. I love photography as it is an excellent format to recall your journeys and the special people, places, cuisine, sights, etc, that you encountered. 

Savor your journeys …  

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

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. Ernest Hemingway

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

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”  Anita Desai

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  Ursula K. Le Guin

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

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

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”  Judith Thurman

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”  Pascal Mercier

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sea ~ Quotes ~ Photos

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. ~ Kate Chopin

Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Wait for me where the world begins. ~ Jennifer Donnelly

Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea. ~ Rumi 

I am alone again and I want to be so; alone with the pure sky and open sea. ~ Friedrich  Nietzsche

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. ~ Robin Lee Graham

As the sea is beautiful not only in calm but also in storm, so is happiness found not only in peace but also in strife .~  Ivan Panin

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. ~ Kate Chopin

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined.

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA ~ Photos

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. ~ Henry David Thoreau

This beautiful 700+ acre park has gorgeous woodland trails, gardens, spectacular waterfront views, a zoo and aquarium and a 5 mile drive making it easy to stop and explore. It’s especially gorgeous in summer, with the sun sparkling on the towering trees and the rippling water.

Walking about the Marina area, I was fortunate to see a seal pup north of Owen Beach. The seal was relaxing in the water and seemed to enjoy the attention of people walking by.

Along the Five Mile Drive, stop and check out the 450 year old Douglas fir (Mountaineers Tree) and be enchanted by the forest and the waterfront scenery. There is ample parking plus areas for picnics and numerous paths for hiking.

Savor your journeys … near and far ….

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike. ~ Paulo Coelho

 

Travel ~ Favorite Quotes & Photos

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. John Steinbeck

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it. Rosalia de Castro

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. John Steinbeck

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

Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love. Brian Chesky

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Saint Augustine

I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. Hilaire Belloc

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. John Muir

Savor your journeys ….