Quotes are like friends. We choose to keep them with us and remember. Whether it’s the lyrics to a new favorite song, or a timeless piece of advice from a favorite literary character- some lines just stick with us. As the new year kicks in to gear, what better way to start off then with a quote journal. A quote journal dedicated to the funny, sad or enlightening things in life is the equivalent of your favorite book. It can be unstructured- ranging from fun facts to the current state of the world. Or there can be sections dedicated to favorite authors, singers, and philosophers. Whatever way you may decide to organize it, here are some thoughts to get you started with your personalized quote journal:
Time to Get Crafty
A journal dedicated to writing down your favorite words is the best time to discover your favorite thoughts. There’s just something so satisfying about making the prettiest words beautiful on paper as well.
Who ever said that a quote journal has to follow all the rules of journaling? While a stereotypical journal may not allow for the glue stick and tape to be pulled out of the desk drawer- a quote journal has no judgement. Finding pictures to stencil your quote on and then glue into your notebook, cutting letter from a newspaper to spell out your quote, or even just matching up a picture to a quote makes the process even more fun. Who needs Tumblr, when you’ve got a quote journal bursting at the seams with inspiration.
It’s a Resource, Smarty Pants
Writers often pull inspiration from other writers. Writing down your favorite inspirational quotes furthers the ability for you to become a better writer. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” You never know when some words of wisdom from Albus Dumbledore might come in handy.
There is an infinite amount of knowledge. As humans, we only ever get to discover a small part of it. One quote journal may not capture the entirety of the greatest thoughts of humanity- but it can spark a thought or discussion you otherwise may have never been a part of. While your journal may be something personal that you keep to yourself, the quotes that you will be able to randomly blurt out or start a conversation about will continue the cycle of strong thinkers and learners in our society.
It’s the Little Things
The best stories I have come from the fact that I have a younger sibling. Being able to go back and quote what my five-year-old brother said is probably the sole reason my stories are ever laughed at. But the point is, Confucius does not have to be behind the quotes on every page of your journal. Even just writing down something funny a teacher said in class, or a good piece of advice from a parent will preserve a memory or thought for you to flip back to.
In the words of every Pinterest quote board ever “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” So, I challenge you to take a chance. Start a quote journal, provoke a thought within someone else, and have an amazing new year!
Cover image via The Rosy Life.