It’s been a while since my last commonplace post, so I thought I’d do another one. This time I’ve curated a collection of thoughts about the road. I especially like this one because of the way each quote flows into the next. They fill me with wanderlust and make me want to love the unknown instead of fear it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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A road’s a kind of holy thing . . . That’s why it’s good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It’s open to sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together.~ Elizabeth Janet Gray, Adam of the Road, “The Road”
When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of it’s own, that bend . . . I wonder how the road beyond it goes — what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows — what new landscapes — what new beauties — what curves and hills and valleys further on.~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, “The Bend in the Road”
The Road goes ever on and on,~ J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-Expected Party”
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,~ 1 Corinthians 2:9, RSV
nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.
Which quote is your favorite? Down what paths did they lead your mind? Do you know of any other quotes on the road? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 😀
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