45+ Inspiring Quotes About Journaling Ideas

Here is a collection of 45+ journaling quotes. Quotes help to inspires us and to think of our journaling practice in new and different ways. I hope you enjoy these. If any stand out I encourage you to leave a comment at the end so we can start a conversation.

inspiring quotes about journaling ideas

Journaling shall be established to preserve regular records of activities, interactions or observations. Writing self-examining or reflective journal entries that describe your personal thoughts and feelings. May these quotes inspire you to diary every day so that you are the best you can be. Below are 40 quotes about journaling chosen to inspire you to update your journal further.

Inspiring quotes about journaling ideas

1. “I wear two hats at the ‘Wall Street Journal’: one as a columnist, the other as the editor responsible for our editorial pages in Asia and Europe.” — Bret Stephens

2. “There’s pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world.” — Ari Graynor

3. “I try and journal every day, and that’s where a lot of my lyric comes from.” — Jessie Baylin

4. “For example, the philosophers who were interested in logic were probably rather logical for mathematicians. But the ASL got us together, so we could talk to each other and publish in the same journal.” — Stephen Cole Kleene

5. “You think the weather is weird now? Just wait. A new MIT study, just published in a peer-reviewed journal, projects that the Earth could see warming of more than 9 degrees F by 2100 – more than twice earlier projections.” — Jeff Goodell

6. “The Sun’ and the ‘News of the World’ fell in line behind New Labour in the run-up to the 1997 election, ‘The Times’ stayed broadly neutral and ‘The Sunday Times’ unenthusiastically Tory. After the election, ‘The Times’ quickly fell in line as the New Labour house journal.” — Andrew Neil

7. “I really liked the idea of creating a journal myself. It’s like the way I clear my throat. I write a page every day, maybe 500 words. It could be about something I’m specifically worried about in the new novel; it could be a question I want to be answered; it could be something that’s going on in my personal life. I just use it as an exercise.” — Elizabeth George

8. “Among the fables that inspired the British Admiralty’s cartographic assignments to Captain James Cook in the 1770s and Captain George Vancouver in the 1790s was a 1640 account under the name of Bartholomew de Fonte that appeared in a journal with the delightful title ‘The Monthly Miscellany, or Memoirs for the Curious.’” — Terry Glavin

9. “When I started at the Wall Street Journal after college in 1990, there were lots of smart women around me all the time. They were writing for the paper, serving as managing editor, winning Pulitzers and anchoring the weekend show I worked on. It was so inspiring to me.” — Martha MacCallum

10. “It’s funny, you know: my mother-in-law, who doesn’t have an ounce of nerd in her, is just so excited by the fact that I write ‘Batman’ because she’ll see an article about me in the ‘Washington Post’ or ‘The Wall Street Journal’ or something. And that means so much to me.” — Tom King

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11. “I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always writing something.” — Jess Walter

12. “I kept a journal when I was a teenager, so I definitely look back on those to see how I dealt with friends and cliques and getting picked on, or boyfriend breakups.” — Sara Shepard

13. “For me, writing is a way of thinking. I write in a journal a lot. I’m a very impatient person, so writing and meditation allow me to slow down and watch my mind; they are containers that keep me in place, hold me still.” — Ruth Ozeki

14. “My own habit had always been to write about the things that ticked me off in a given day. If I kept a journal at all, I kept it to vent.” — Ariel Gore

15. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve kept boxes and drawers and pages of things that I liked. I suppose that it constitutes a journal of sorts, but it’s not in a ledger or a notebook.” — Ellen Gilchrist

16. “For ‘The Journal of Finn Reardon,’ I traveled to New York City and walked the streets where Finn and his friends would have lived, worked, and played. I visited the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street and toured an actual flat in which families like Finn’s might have lived.” — Susan Campbell Bartoletti

17. “I started out in journalism in the mid-’90s working for the sister wire service of the ‘Wall Street Journal,’ which is called Dow Jones Newswires. Then I joined the ‘Journal’ in its Brussels bureau back in 1999.” — John Carreyrou

18. “I suffered from a quite severe speech impediment when I was young, and keeping a journal was part of the therapy.” — George Fetherling

19. “If networked science is to reach its potential, scientists will have to embrace and reward the open sharing of all forms of scientific knowledge, not just traditional journal publication. Networked science must be open science.” — Michael Nielsen

20. “There is something so hopeful about a diary, a journal, a new notebook, which Joan Didion and Virginia Woolf both wrote about. A blog. Perhaps we all are waiting for someone to discover us.” — Lily Koppel

21. “I don’t have a journal; I write music.” — Michael J. Willett

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22. “I find the experience of keeping a journal much more creative on paper than on a computer. When I write, I’m physically immersed in the world and slow down, whereas on-screen, I use my senses in a less engaging way – and I skim more.” — Keri Smith

23. “I think this journal will be disadvantageous for me, for I spend my time now like a spider spinning my own entrails.” — Ben Schott

24. “I follow blogs, particularly all the main political ones – Guido Fawkes, Iain Dale, Coffee House, Paul Waugh, Iain Martin in the Wall Street Journal, and so on. And some American ones, like the Huffington Post, Gawker, Boing Boing; or Eater and Daily Candy, also American, which are about where to go to eat.” — Ben Schott

25. “I was just finishing high school and entering college in 1988 when the Creator’s Bill of Rights was drafted and had already set my sights on building a career as a writer of comics. Discovering the Creator’s Bill of Rights – in an issue of ‘The Comics Journal,’ if I’m not mistaken – I accepted it as gospel.” — Chris Roberson

26. “I published in 1978 a report on dreams in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. It was the first study of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to make constructive use of their dreams to improve their lives.” — Henry Reed

27. “I record myself talking. I have a journal. And when I listen back, I remember why I wanted certain things. I listen to me at 16, saying ‘I really wanna be on TV… I want a movie, a huge movie…’ and I’m just like, ‘Yo, I’m humbled. I’m living a life I imagined.’” — Shameik Moore

28. “A blog is neither a diary nor a journal. Many people think of blogging in relation to those two things, confessional or practical. It is neither but includes elements of both.” — Lemn Sissay

29. “I’m one of those people who keep a dream journal.” — Hiro Murai

30. “My mom used to cut out articles from the ‘Atlanta Journal-Constitution’ when I was in high school. She would either give them to me to read or she would post them on the fridge. These articles would usually be stories of someone inventing something, breaking records, or achieving some kind of success.” — Coy Bowles

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31. “I’ve always kept a journal and brought storytelling into my teaching.” — Maya Soetoro-Ng

32. “I have been fortunate that publications like the ‘New York Times’ and ‘The Wall Street Journal’ have allowed me to share some of my opinions with a wider audience.” — Campbell Brown

33. “As I say, there was this movement to try to bring philosophers and mathematicians together into an organization where they would talk to each other. An organization wasn’t effective unless you had a journal. That’s about all I know.” — Stephen Cole Kleene

34. “I’m a big journaler, so for every new journal, I would change the way my room looked and change the posters on the walls, and I would change what I was wearing, and I would have a playlist, and it all kind of corresponded and matched, and I would change my handwriting in the journals.” — Tavi Gevinson

35. “I’m a person who does not like to journal; I don’t like to sit down and write… I don’t even like sending emails.” — Tituss Burgess

36. “Whatever the motivation of the ‘Wall Street Journal’ and other right-wing publications, it is clearly long past time for the climate denial scheme to come in from the talk shows and the blogosphere and have to face the kind of an audience that a civil RICO investigation could provide.” — Sheldon Whitehouse

37. “The largest newspaper in the United States is only reaching 1 percent of the population. We are kind of assuming that ‘Wall Street Journal,’ ‘USA Today,’ and other newspapers are very important. Yes, they’re extremely important, but only to 1 percent of the population on a daily basis.” — Yuri Milner

38. “In law school, I earned the respect of professors and served on the editorial board of ‘The Yale Law Journal.’” — Randall Kennedy

39. “Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” — Mina Murray

40. “What a comfort is this journal I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.” — Anne Lister

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