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Journeys

  • The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven.

  • ... any road is bound to arrive somewhere if you follow it far enough.

  • ... we can't know a road until we travel it. Hearing about it is not enough. We are obliged to travel over it.

  • It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • "Long Old Road" (1931), in Chris Albertson, Bessie ()
  • I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.

  • There is no going alone on a journey. Whether one explores strange lands or Main Street or one's own back yard, always invisible traveling companions are close by: the giants and pygmies of memory, of belief, pulling you this way and that, not letting you see the world life-size but insisting that you measure it by their own height and weight.

  • The journey is my home.

  • It would be nice to travel if you knew where you were going and where you would live at the end or do we ever know, do we ever live where we live, we're always in other places, lost, like sheep.

  • Every part of the journey is of importance to the whole.

  • I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

  • Every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle.

  • The initial mystery that attends any journey is: how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place?

    • Louise Bogan,
    • 1933, in Ruth Limmer, ed., Journey Around My Room ()
  • Each traveler finds what he most desired and takes home / that knowledge he brought with him.

    • Helen Sutton Booth,
    • "Come Away by Yourselves and Rest Awhile," Whatsoever Things Are Lovely ... ()
  • There are two roads to every place, and the wise man chooses the pleasant one.

  • Perhaps the longest journey is the journey within.

  • Since the journey is a metaphor — the most ambiguous and seductive of metaphors, we tell ourselves — it can also be born of immobility. There is no need to drag our bodies around so much, all dressed up. It's hot, there are flies, diseases. It is enough to close our eyes, seated on a chair in the shade, to float on the waves of imagination. Isn't that what books are there for?

  • Tell me where anything comes from, and I will tell you whither it is going. Things animate and inanimate move in circles. In their course they change their identity from time to time, but each change is only a step on the journey back. I go back to Nature because that is where I came from, that is where we all came from. We are all on the way back, but at different stages in the journey.

    • Martha Craig,
    • "My Summer Outings in Labrador," in Cosmopolitan ()
  • The road was new to me, as roads always are, going back.

  • I am not reinventing myself. I am going through the layers and revealing myself. I am on a journey, an adventure that's constantly changing shape.

  • There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

  • Nothing is so awesomely unfamiliar as the familiar that discloses itself at the end of a journey.

  • Any single path truly taken leads to all the others. What matters is choosing a starting place — where to stand and begin spinning outward. Even then, you will find that outward and inward become the same direction. The center of the wheel is everywhere.

  • Journeys start from where we are. Everything starts from where we are. Where we are is where we're supposed to be.

  • Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.

  • 'Journeys end in lovers' meeting.' ... But the real journey — the journey of adventure itself — is frequently another matter: often gray, often loverless, often demanding from the secret soul of the adventurer spirit and inspiration, lest the blood turn cold in sick dismay, and the brain cloud under its weight of nostalgia.

  • A night journey is essentially a thing of possibilities.

  • There are many trails up the mountain, but in time they all reach the top.

  • Never judge a journey by the distance...

  • Now I see that the journey was never meant to lead to some new and improved version of me; that it has always been about coming home to who I already am. It is about learning to dance along the edge between what I know and all that is unknowable. ... Learning how to be at ease in the shadows of uncertainty and trusting the path to reveal itself.

  • Taking to the road — by which I mean letting the road take you — changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories — in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.

  • For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.