Why You Should Start Writing an Inspiration Quote Journal

Inspiration Quote Journal

I, like many others, experienced a sense of journal overwhelm in 2016. Inspired by the likes of The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin and kikki.K’s Kristina Karlsson, I set out to diarise the year – from writing a gratitude journal to keeping a sentence-a-day log. To begin with it was a lot of fun, but at times I struggled with the commitment and it started to feel more like a chore than a pleasure.

There is one beneficial journaling habit I’ve managed to keep, however. And it’s incredibly simple. I started an inspiration quote journal. Anytime I encountered a quote or soundbite that resonated with me I jotted it down in my pocket-sized notebook for safe keeping. Updating this journal has required minimal effort (I only write in it when there’s something worth documenting), and it’s practise I encourage all of you to adopt.

Depending on the range of quotes you collect, your journal can then help you cope with a crisis in confidence, a challenging time at work, a breakup or even grief. I use mine as a form of “wellbeing insurance” and flick through it whenever I need a boost. Here are three quotes from my notebook that I constantly return to…


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs

“Don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. You are not going to be you, fixed and immutable you, forever.”
Nora Ephron

“When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell

Do you also jot down quotes that inspire you? And if you were to start a quote journal today which soundbites would you include? Have your say in the comments section below… 

{Style Notes: Notebook from Smythson | Banana leaf wall sticker from Etsy}

P.S. How I’ve learnt to take more risks in life and inside my struggle with perfectionism


  1. I am still diary-less 🙁 I cannot believe that is happening to me, but it seems like the world has decided I will not be getting my diary this year.

  2. Estranged says:

    I have been keeping a one-sentence-a-day journal for over 5 years now and I find it’s the perfect format for me. It requires minimal effort – I keep mine on my iPad/iPhone. It forces me to reflect on each day before going to sleep and choose one memorable thought, event or experience to write down. It reminds me that every day is special and important for some reason, no matter how trivial.

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      Ooh, how does it work keeping it on your iPhone? Do you use an App or just notes? And do you ever read it back if it’s digital? Really curious…

      • Estranged says:

        I just use the Pages app – not nearly as glamorous as having a personalised, leather bound diary but I can sync my iPhone and iPad and access it wherever I go. And yes, I go back to my old notes all the time! I like to check what I was up to 5 years ago and reminisce about those good old days at uni…

  3. Noemi says:

    I have a kind of inspiration quote journal, I love to write all my favorite quotes, but also lyrics of songs and poems. Sometimes I just take some time and read them, it’s relaxing. And it puts me in a good mood.


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