Quotes That Inspire, Inform, Excite and Encourage Me

I love quotes! My five volumes of previously blank books contain some of the most sacred words for my life. This page contains a sampling of some of the quotes that have informed, inspired and helped to transform my life, both on and off the bike, over the years. It is my practice to select a quote before setting out on a bike ride (as well as at many other transition points throughout the day). I love to ponder quotes when I am in a space where I can think and process and use the words to grow in wisdom and understanding. The bike is one of the very best places to do that. As I revisit individual quotes, I will continue to add to this list of some of the most personally meaningful ones I have collected and pondered.


“Happiness is not a reward–it is a consequence.”  –Robert Green Ingersoll


“Nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend.”  –Alice Walker


“Actions expose priorities.”  –Mahatma Gandhi


“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”  –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”  –Asian proverb


“Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it.”  –Mahatma Gandhi


“Life is a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”  –William Makepeace Thackeray


“What you permit, you promote. What you allow, you encourage. What you condone, you own.”  –unknown


“. . . every human being has within himself an ability to be free from the suffering that results from the tyranny of our emotional responses.”

–John Piazza


“Of those to whom much is given, much is required.”  –John F. Kennedy


“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.”  –Doug Bradbury


“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

–William Ernest Henley


“So, hope is a combination of setting goals, having the tenacity and perseverance to pursue them, and believing in our own abilities.”

–Brene Brown


“Simply act decisively; without reserve!” –Morihei Ueshiba


“The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”  –The Buddha


“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin–real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” –Fr. Alfred D’Souza


“One must never be either content with, or impatient with oneself.”

–Samuel Johnson


“Where you end up does not depend on where you start; it depends on which direction you choose to take from where you currently stand.”

–Kevin Ngo


“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.”  –Esther Bucholz


“I’d always thought that feeling tired was the signal your body made when it was time for you to stop. The real adventure began when I could ignore that signal and simply keep going. A whole world opened that had never been explored because I’d never known of its existence.”

–Kirk Johnson


“Be grateful for what you have, while in pursuit of what you want.”

–Jim Rohn


“What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa.”

–Gretchen Rubin


“The farther you go . . . the harder it is to return.”  –Anderson Cooper


“Every run [ride], even the most routine, has the potential to transform us from who we are to who we’re becoming. And any step on any run [ride] could be the one that begins our metamorphosis from who we are to who [sic] we’ve always wanted to be.”  –John Bingham


“We would see each act as an act of self-definition. We would select or reject an act, a word, a thought based on our idea about ourselves and how well the thought, word or act advanced that idea. We would see each of life’s rapidly presenting options as being either in harmony or in disharmony with Who We Are and Who We Choose to Be, and we would then simply have to decide whether we really choose to be that, or just say that we do.”  –Neale Donald Walsch


“. . . character is not innate or automatic. You have to build it with effort and artistry.”  –David Brooks


“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road

Healthy, free, the world before me.

The long, brown path before me leading

Wherever I choose.”  –Walt Whitman, from “Song of the Open Road”


“You can co-exist peacefully with your past and present when you learn to respect your journey.”  –Bryant McGill


“The reward for a good habit is the habit itself.”  –Gretchen Rubin


“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.”  –Nido Qubein


“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically—to say no to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’”  –Stephen Covey


“Your mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I have three criteria to apply to any item trying to make its way onto my to-do list. Is the activity fun, meaningful, or absolutely necessary?”  –Amy Tiemann


“Never stop doing what you care about most.”  –Marion Winik


“When my body is engaged, my mind is liberated.”  –Kristin Armstrong


“Do your best and forget the rest.”  –Tony Horton


“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

–Mahatma Gandhi


“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  –Robert Louis Stevenson


“I used to see a butterfly in my mind’s eye every time I heard the word transformation, but life has schooled me. Transformation isn’t a butterfly. It’s the thing before you get to be a pretty bug flying away. It’s huddling in the dark cocoon and then pushing your way out. It’s the messy work of making sense of your fortunes and misfortunes, desires and doubts, hang-ups and successes, so you can go on and become the person you must next become.”  –Cheryl Strayed

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” –Bryan Schuetz