Quotes About Journaling

Don't you love finding out what other people have said about something? I do!

I hope this collection of quotes about journaling will encourage you by telling you the thoughts that other writers have had to say about journaling. The next time you need inspiration to keep going in your journal, check out this list for inspiration.

This list has some famous names on it, as well as less than famous names. First, we have a couple of quotes from Henry David Thoreau, whose recently discovered journals prove an interesting companion to his most famous work, Walden Pond.

Next, we have a couple of quotes from John Steinbeck, who kept journals about the writings of his book, and whose journals were later published as works of their own.

And a quote from what is perhaps the most well known diary of all: the diary of Anne Frank, the little girl who wrote charmingly about life sequestered from the Nazis in World War II.

These quotes are not borrowed from a quote website, but each one has been carefully researched from books about journals. Some of the quotes contradict each other: showing the different opinions writers have about the art of journaling. But I hope this collection of interesting quotes about journaling does truly inspire you!


Is not the poet bound to write his own biography? Is there any other work for him but a good journal?
--Henry David Thoreau, from his journal
Writing the little daily journal is fun. I have set my usual two pages of writing as the day's work. I don't know if I can keep this up from the beginning, but I will try.
-----John Steinbeck, from Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, 1938-1941

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The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I might suffocate.
--Anne Frank, from The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
I do not like to record my dull, heavy moments in my Journal. I would like for it to record nothing but brightness and sunshine, but life is made up of life and shadows, and mine is no exception ...
---Ella Gertrude Clanton, from The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889
I am sure it (her journal) is a memoir of my character,and the changes and progress of my mind -- its views, tastes and feelings ... It has become to me a valuable index of my mind, and has been the record of faults and folllies which have made my cheek burn upon perusal.
by Emily Shore, from the Journal of Emily Shore
Very many persons keep a diary, and many more periodically commence one, but give it up either for want of time or of interest.
--Josephine Washburn, from Harper's young people, Volume 11, Part 1
My diary is full of thankfulness for happiness, and prayers for deserving it.
---Charlotte Perkins Gilman, from The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography
My diary is almost a year old now, and judging by past experiences, it's now worth $500 -- at least.
---Stuart C. Covington, in The Author and journalist, Volumes 32-33
For me, my diary is my life, my comfort, my second existence.
---Ramon Gil Navarro, from The Gold Rush Diary of Ramon Gil Navarro
My journal is my constant companion. It is never far from my reach ... It is a front porch of solace and retreat when I am tired and weary.
---Nicole Johnson, from Fresh-brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul
My journal is a storehouse, a treasury for everything in my daily life: the stories I hear, the people I meet, the quotations I like, and even the subtle signs and symbols I encounter that speak to me indirectly.
---Dorothy U. Seyler from Patterns of Reflection: A Reader
Say the thing with which you labor--it is a waste of time for the writer to use his talents merely. Be faithful to your genius ---Write in the strain that interests you most---Consult not the popular taste.
--Henry David Thoreau, from his journal
I am going to try to write twice a week in my journal for the improvement of my style & handwriting ...
---Agnes Lee, from Growing Up in the 1850s: The Journal of Agnes Lee
So far you truly have been a source of great comfort to me, and so has Kitty, whom I now write to regularly. This way of keeping a diary is much nicer, and now I can hardly wait for moments when I can write in you.
---Anne Frank, to her diary, from the Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
Listen, dear journal, I will tell you what I will tell no one else.
---Ella Gertrude Clanton, from The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889
A few minutes at my diary is enough. Still I write, and hope to continue at it as long as I live.
---Jeremiah Rankin Johnston, from Jeremiah Rankin Johnston: a volume of biography and selections from his poems, editorials, sermons, and addresses
My diary is not at all private, but lies on the table,in the room, where all who wish may look at, and refer to that which may be of interest to them.
--Josephine Washburn, from Harper's young people, Volume 11, Part 1
It was my definite aim that there should be nothing in my diary which might not be read by anyone.
---Charlotte Perkins Gilman, from The ----Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography
For the entries in my diary are worthless as evidence to check my memories unless I have reason for supposing that my diary is in general a truthful record of what happened.
---Anthony Douglas Woozley, from Theory of knowledge: an introduction
My diary is pretty much all business, which has been more or less my life story, though I do stop and try to have some fun along the way. I just don't think one's romantic life belongs in a diary. Some things are better trusted to memory.
---Richard Jenrette, from Jenrette, the Contrarian Manager
My journal is off limits to anyone but me ... I can't wrestle on paper if I fear what someone else might think of my wrestling.
---Nicole Johnson, from Fresh-brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul
A journal is a place where we give expression to the fountain of our heart, where we can unreservedly pour out our passion before the Lord.
---Donald S Whitney, from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

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