So I've Heard

On Life

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

- Leonardo da Vinci -

On Travel

“An ardent desire to go took possession of me once more. Not because I wanted to leave – I was quite all right on this Cretan coast, and felt happy and free there and I needed nothing – but because I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.”

- Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek -

On Travel

“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 -

On Life

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”

- Ben Stein -

On Life

“Forests may be gorgeous but there is nothing more alive than a tree that learns how to grow in a cemetery.”

- Andrea Gibson -

On Travel

“Travel is an evolving experience. It doesn’t take place in photographs or your past… Instead it’s tucked up there in your memory and when you need a bit of it, or a new perspective on something hidden within it, it will emerge into your conscious mind”

- Dan Kieran -

On Life

“As we encounter each other, we see our diversity — of background, race, ethnicity, belief – and how we handle that diversity will have much to say about whether we will in the end be able to rise successfully to the great challenges we face today.”

- Dan Smith, The State of the World Atlas -

On Words & Books

“I urge the small town children- when you are able, go find buildings and art and mountains and oceans to swallow you whole.  They will save you in a way nothing else can.”

- Christopher Poindexter -

On Travel

“Great growth comes from loneliness. You have time to develop, dwell in your own mind and go a bit mad. All great people are a bit mad. That’s good to remember. Don’t escape it.

Great growth comes from time spent in foreign lands, watching foreign people with foreign cultures. It makes you forget about your own land and race and town for a while. Great growth also comes from rooting yourself into one place from time to time. Unpack your bags, get a nice bed, a book shelf, some friends. Learn to show up, keep in touch, stick around.

Growth comes in all sort of forms and shapes, everywhere at all times, and it’s yours to take and consume. Do what ought to be done. Here and now, to get you somewhere — anywhere.”

- Charlotte Eriksson -

On Life

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

- Jack Keroauc -

On Love & Relationships

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”

- Ray Bradbury -

On Life

“If while on your way you meet no one your equal or better, steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools.”

- Dhammapada -

On Life

“I asked for wisdom
And God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity
And God gave me brains and the strength to work.
I asked for courage
And God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for love
And God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors
And God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted
I received everything I needed
My Prayer has been answered.”

- Anon -

On Travel

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

- Cesare Pavese -

On Love & Relationships

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so out of control that you have to transform your life…”

- Elizabeth Gilbert -

On Life

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

- Anon -

On Life

“If you only walk on sunny days, you’ll never reach your destination.”

- Paulo Coelho -

On Words & Books

Your words are very powerful and what you say matters; keep them positive and powerful.”

- Farshad Asl -

On Life

“You don’t need luck. You are powerful, clever, and fearless.”

- Shannon Hale -

On Words & Books

“The most important things are the hardest to say because words diminish them.”

- Stephen King -

On Travel

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

- Ashley Montagu -