One of my favorite quotes on journaling, and why one should keep a diary, is by Franz Kafka. He says:
“One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer and which in a general way are naturally believed, surmised, and admitted by you, but which you’ll unconsciously deny when it comes to the point of gaining hope or peace from such an admission. In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance.”
And another favorite by Carolyn V. Hamilton:
- “Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
And I couldn't forget this one by Robin Sharma:
- "The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Take long walks in the woods." (You may remember seeing this quote in my Traveler's Notebook Setup Video here.)
Also, if you were curious, the journals shown in my picture above are the Moleskine Daily Diary Agenda in Large and Pocket size.