I’m one of those people who write down famous quotations. When a beautifully stated truth resonates with me I like to record it, safeguard its meaning. My journal allows me to honor these snapshots of wisdom and preserve them for when I need reminding.
And indeed, I like my journal’s permanence. A few times each year, I find myself flipping through the quotations, recalling these meaningful words. Reminiscing about the event or person that inspired my connection to the quote.
Here’s a sampling:
- I am what I am. I am my own special creation. (La Cage aux Folles)
- In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. (Teddy Roosevelt)
- A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. (Benazir Bhutto)
The quotes, I’m learning, paint a picture of who I am. They are a collection of the values I hold close.
When you consider writing your life story, think about the quotes – famous or otherwise – that hold special meaning to you. Think about why these quotes touch you so deeply. The answers will give you a great place to start – a window into some of your most profound beliefs and experiences.