Every since I can remember I was a collector of quotes. Growing up my interests varied greatly. I read fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction…I remember going to the library on the weekends with my mother. She was putting herself through college, so we would go so she could study, and I could get lost in the racks of books.
It didn’t matter to me what book I picked up. I would learn about sharks, about Australia, dinosaurs, Middle Earth, My Side of the Mountain, Brian Jacques…I would spend hours simply absorbing as much as I could, about whatever I could.
I think that’s what called me to blogging. Even if I don’t know something, I love nothing more than researching, absorbing, learning, and sharing everything I possibly can. I’m a consummate learner.
Quotes always held a special place for me. I would fill notebooks with interesting facts, inspirational quotes, even just a series of words that particularly struck me as interesting.
Quotes capture the author’s unique perspective in a bite-sized snapshot of their work. Like tiny pieces of artwork. We can go to Rumi for a particularly poignant quote on love or life that touches our soul. We can lean on Henry David Thoreau to understand the longing in each of us to return to nature. Laura Ingalls Wilder takes us back to a nostalgic, innocent time.
Authors, like artists, have open souls that are more raw and open to the effects of life.
I’ve started a collection of quotes that call me and inspire me in my homesteading journey. Whether they’re about getting back to a simpler life, or living at harmony with nature, or developing our own self-sufficiency, they are tiny pieces of artwork I’ve collected to surround this journey.
I hope they inspire you as well.
“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. I twill not lead you astray.” – Rumi
“Let the beauty we love be what you do.” – Rumi
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” -Rumi
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Our life is frittered away by detail — simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Henry David Thoreau
“I was a fool to sacrifice the power of living in securing the means of a life.” – William J Dawson
Now it’s your turn! Share your favorite quotes in the comments below! I’ll create images for them and add them onto the post so we can have a huge community collection of quotes and inspire each other!