25 (more) quotes about chasing your dreams

by Kim on October 7, 2012 · 26 comments

I’ve kept a collection of my favorite quotes for over 15 years. I read (and add to) my quote book often, using it as a source of inspiration when I need a little kick in the pants. The book means so much to me that I even have it with me as we travel, tucked into my backpack.

A year ago I published a blog post with 25 of my favorite quotes. I thought it was about time to add a few more to the collection that I’ve already shared with you.

I hope you enjoy them.

25 (more) quotes about living your dreams


1. “When you can’t go forward, and you can’t go backward, and you can’t stay where you are without killing off something deep and vital in yourself, you are on the edge of creation.” – Sue Monk Kidd

2. “Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn: Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” -David Whyte, The House of Belonging (thanks to The Unlost for this one)

3. “You seldom, if ever, get lucky sitting down.” – Zig Ziglar

4. “Faith is not desire. Faith is will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas will is a force. Will changes the space around us.” – Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello

5. “I am thankful to all those who said no to me. It’s because of them that I did it myself.” -Albert Einstein

6. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

7. “If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” -Emile Zola

8. “I believe ardently that you should drop everything and run toward your true self.” -Kyran Pittman

9. “If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existenance on earth is to find it.” -Oprah Winfrey

10. “So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world.” – Mary Oliver

11. “Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that… and just play.” -Charlie Parker, Jazz Great

12. “The only thing that stands between a man and what he really wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” -Richard DeVos

13. “The thrill is to keep envisioning what can be.” – Oprah Winfrey

14. “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand, because those are the only good things.” -Andy Warhol

15. “If you want to be comfortable, don’t try to live your dreams.” -Emily Trinkaus

16. “To be no longer content to pick up what is floating on the surface of life, and to want only the pearls at the bottom of the sea, this is grace, welling up from deep inside.” -Eknath Easwaran

17. “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” -Doris Mortman

18. “Your dream is not big enough if it does not scare you.” -unknown

19. “What you seek is seeking you.” -Paulo Coelho

20. “You have to speak your dream out loud.” -Kelly Corrigan

21. “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” -Oprah Winfrey

22. “… be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.” -Wendall Berry

23. “People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside of them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about, and what you value.” -Stephen Covey

24. “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” -Richard Bach

25. “Ever since happiness heard your name, it’s been running through the streets trying to find you.” -Hafiz

To read more of my favorite quotesย click here.



{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

OurLifeExperiments October 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thank you for sharing Kim! One of my favorites is “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” by Charles Dederich. Good luck on your adventures!!


Kim October 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Ah, yes, that is a great one!


Arianwen October 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

These are great! There’s nothing like an inspirational quote to give you that kick up the backside you need to go and fulfil your dreams! (You can add that to the next list if you like, though I doubt you will!) ๐Ÿ™‚


Kim October 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Haha, okay, that will go on round three of my blog posts on quotes! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Rashaad October 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

It’s great to see a Steve Prefontaine quote (being a runner myself).


Kim October 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Yes, I’m a runner too. Pre is a legend!


Lela Bonchjela October 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

“Ever since happiness heard your name, itโ€™s been running through the streets trying to find you.” is from Rumi ๐Ÿ˜‰


Kim October 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Are you sure? I think it is from Hafiz of Persia (I just googled it too). Love Rumi though.


Brendon October 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Very Inspiring list, I particularly like the first one ๐Ÿ˜€


Kim October 8, 2012 at 6:52 am

It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite!


Bethany ~ twoOregonians October 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

I love that you have Wendell Berry in there ๐Ÿ™‚


Kim October 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

Wendell Berry is the man!


Ayngelina October 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I LOVED the Witch of Portobello, well except for the last two pages. Regardless it is a good quote.


Kim October 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Totally agree- loved it too. I actually adored the last few lines of that book.


Miel October 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Mine came off of a Dove wrapped in the middle of DRCongo:

“Well behaved women seldom make history”
-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a feminist

This quote inspires me to draw outside the lines.



Kim October 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Ha, yes! I’ve heard that one and it’s a good one.


Rhonda October 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for a good quote. I LOVE this one:

Ever since happiness heard your name, itโ€™s been running through the streets trying to find you.โ€ -Hafiz

How very true!


Kim October 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I know… and it’s so descriptive. I can totally picture it!


Montecristo Travels (Sonja) October 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ours: โ€ข โ€œA ship is safe in the harbor, but thatโ€™s not what ships are built for.โ€
โ€“ Gael Attal


Kim October 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Ah, I’ve heard that one and it is a good one.


Dustin@WeGoRTW October 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

“Growth means change and change involves risk stepping from the known to the unknown” -Unknown Author


Kim October 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Love it. And it’s the damn truth.


jonathan August 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

thanks so muck kim for posting those awesome quotes. It helps me alot with my speech thats coming up this term. YOU ROCK!!!
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Kim August 18, 2013 at 8:25 am

I’m so glad Jonathan!


Axel May 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

Hey Kim, love your collection quotes. My favourite is the one from Mr. Albert Einstein, how inspiring to keep going, especially for me when I am struggling to find the job I want and building my own business on the side.
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Kim May 13, 2014 at 6:02 am

Ah, I feel you Axel. Good luck to you.


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