Quotes, life mottos, mantras and inspiration

A couple of weeks ago, a friend turned to me and asked “What is your life motto?”. Rather astounded (it was only 10.15am on a Tuesday) I gulped goldfish-like a couple of times, and short of shouting out ‘look, it’s a bird’ as a distraction or Googling furiously, it got me thinking.

Words are incredibly powerful; the flourish of a pen has the power to topple ancient towers, uplift melancholic spirits and transport us to distant galaxies. But. What is my motto? Do I need a motto? How do pick just one? Should I get a tattoo in case I then forget the said motto? In any case, last year a few lovelies and I pulled out our quotes textbooks, and drafted a few inspiring words overlaying our favourite places. 

They say that ‘Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to usthe indifference of places” but…

He then goes on to say …”I pack my trunk,
embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples,
and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting,
identical, that I fled from.”

Can’t argue with the immortal Mr Twain. Just can’t.

My photos are from all over – squirrels in Regents Park, sunshine in Crystal Palace, musings from a summer Christmas in New Zealand, wanders through the English countryside and faux paint splatters.


But, have I found one overarching motto yet? Well, I’m not sure.

I’m gonna spam y’all again over the weekend with my favourite photos of theirs – be warned. *No responsibility can be taken by this blog for any weekend hours lost due to a rise in Pinterest activity as a result of this post.* You just can’t beat the inspiration of uplifting quotes – at any time of the year!

What is your favourite inspiring soundbite or life motto?

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