I struggled to title this post. Thoughts ricocheted around my head. Phrases plopped out of my mouth. Cliches fell deaf on my ears. Nothing felt quite right. “Five Quotes Every Runner Will Understand” was too specific. “Five Quotes for a Meaningful Life” was too vague. Surely, all quotes contain meaning. But why should these five be the only set to guide one’s life? Why should this set target only a small portion of individuals? Ironic that a post about quotes, the encapsulation of so much meaning with so few words, is taking me so long to unravel to you. At the same time, that’s exactly my point. Quotes astound with immediate connections and clarity. No one needs to deconstruct a quote. The words speak for themselves—and directly to you. As such, here are five quotes you may or may not have stumbled upon in your time stumbling through life.
“The best way out is always through.” —Robert Frost
“The more you know, the less you need.” —Yvon Chouinard
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” —George Bernard Shaw
“Don’t work towards freedom, but allow the work itself to be freedom.” —Dōgen Zenji
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” -—Ernest Hemingway