1. "EMBARKING on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands. With wholehearted practice comes inspiration, but sooner or later we will also encounter fear."
- Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
2. "Just because we cannot see clearly te end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey."
- Quote by John F. Kennedy
3. "There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return."
- Bear Grylls, A Survival Guide for Life
4. "Normal" is just a setting on your dryer."
- Quote by Patsy Clairmont
5. "…But on an occasion like this we must wait for sunset. Setting out in the right way is just as important as the opening lines in a book: they determine everything. He sat in the sand next to Moominmamma. Look at the boat, he said. Look at The Adventure. A boat by night is a wonderful sight. This is the way to start a new life, with a hurricane lamp shining at the top of the mast, and the coastline disappearing behind one as the whole world lies sleeping. Making a journey by night is more wonderful than anything in the world. Yes, you’re right, replied Moominmamma. One makes a trip by day, but by night one sets out on a journey."
- Tove Jansson, Moominpappa at Sea
6. "You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are."
- Quote by Joss Whedon
8. "Interestingly, when illustrating what he means by friction, Clausewitz does not use a military example at all, but chooses instead to describe a man setting out on a journey: Imagine a traveler who decides toward the evening to cover a further two stages on his day’s journey, some four or five hours’ ride with post-horses along the main highway; nothing very much. Then when he comes to the first stage he discovers that there are no horses, or only poor ones; then a mountainous area and ruined tracks; it gets dark, and after all his trials he is mightily pleased to reach the final stage and get some miserable roof over his head. So it is that in war, through an accumulation of innumerable petty circumstances which could never be taken into account on paper, everything deteriorates and you find that you are far from achieving your goal.16"
- Stephen Bungay, The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans
9. "Utopia retains throughout its long history the basic form of the narrative of a journey... First comes the picture of a happy people in a beautiful and well-ordered setting; then comes the lecture on how it all came about, how it works, and, by implication, how it might be made to work in the traveller's own society."
- Krishan Kumar, Utopianism
10. "They teach us that human beings learn and absorb ideas and concepts through narrative, through stories, not through lessons or theoretical speeches. This is what any religious texts teach us. They’re all tales about characters who must confront life and overcome obstacles, figures setting off on a journey of spiritual enrichment through exploits and revelations."
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game