“‘s pt. III

As you may or may not know, I have a thing with quotes. I like coming across them and collecting them and referring back to them on the regular, and then sharing them from time to time. So heeeere we go again.

“A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” — Pico Iyer

“Wanderlust” is legit one of my favorite words, and yet I like to think my desire to travel isn’t purely to move around, but to learn more about myself and the world, and to become a better person because of it.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker

I am a very curious person, which means I catch myself reading about random crap till way too late at night, or watching vimeos, or writing, or trying to learn a) a life story or b) how to code or c) the meaning of life. And unfortunately, according to Dorothy, there’s no way to turn this off.

“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” — Chris McDougall

One of the biggest reasons I love running so much is the “me-time.” My mind is constantly fluttering with thoughts, but usually never about myself or my wellbeing. That’s what long runs are for… (:

“If you don’t like Louis Armstrong, you don’t know how to love.” — Mahalia Jackson 

Someone had to say it, right?

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” — David Foster Wallace 

Guess what? That awkward thing you said last week or that weird green dress you wore or that one slip up that happened a few months ago — no one remembers. And the way you look, act, feel, and present yourself on the regs is probably noticed by others, but isn’t dissected to the extent you may imagine.

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” Bill Bryson

Too true. A typical morning in Brooklyn is far less exciting than a typical morning in Costa Rica, although they literally are exactly the same: wake up, drink coffee, read or write, then get on with the day. But there’s something about being in a foreign place — it makes every mundane movement becomes way more cool simply because your surroundings are completely different.

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. 
Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner

You tell em, Will! But seriously…just work on improving yourself based on your standards and your life. Quit comparing. 

“I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That’s why I’m here.” — Uta Pippig

Trying to channel Uta here as I train for Eugene. It’s true: the 26.2 mile distance is beautiful, and everything it takes to get there is equally as beautiful. I think I can, I think I can..

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

I feel like this is a cooler way of saying “think outside the box!” I like it.

“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” Lin-Chin

Sometimes when we’re feeling a certain way, we don’t take the easy way out. Or use common sense. Or give ourselves a break. But the most obvious answer to a problem is usually the best one. 

((Quotes part IQuotes part II))


Posted on March 6, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Oh, I love these — especially the Uta Pippig quote!

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