35 quotes about “journaling” and “writing a diary” – so you can see the added value

Along with meditation, journaling is one of the most effective methods of sustainably improving your mental health. Numerous studies prove this. 1 2 3 4 5 For me, daily gratitude journaling has become a permanent habit, to which I definitely owe a part of my professional, personal and interpersonal success.

Even though journaling is not the same as writing a diary, it is used almost synonymously in German-speaking countries. I have summarized the best and most popular German and English language quotes for you in this article. Feel free to write further suggestions in the comments below!

Keeping a journal of the things that concern you in your life is a good way to filter what is important and what is not.

Martina Navratilova

Journaling is like whispering and listening to yourself at the same time.

Mina Murray

Thoughts write wishes in the diary of memories.

Erhard B. Bellermann

I never travel without my diary. You should always have something exciting to read with you.

Oscar Wilde

The diary began to have an invigorating, vital significance that had nothing to do with literature. It became not only a constant companion […] but also a source of contact with myself. It was a place where I could speak the truth and where I felt like no one was watching me.

Anaïs Nin

Documenting small details from your everyday life becomes an appreciation of your identity.

Carolyn V. Hamilton

People who write diaries live twice.

Jessamyn West
Das Anti-Stress Journal

A personal diary is an ideal environment to develop freely. It is a place to think, feel, discover, grow, remember and dream.

Brad Wilcox

Journaling, when used as a tool of transformation, is not just life-changing, but life-expanding.

Jen Williamson

Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and what you have learned in your life. It’s a place where you can have a conscious, deep conversation with yourself.

Robin Sharma

Painting is just another way to keep a journal.

Pablo Picasso

Keeping a journal or thinking of writing as meditation is the same thing. The important thing is that you build a relationship with your mind.

Natalie Goldberg

Writing in a daily journal allows you to focus on your skills, the things you are grateful for and the things you want to do better in the future. It helps you enjoy every day of your trip more.

Hal Elrod

The only thing I’ve really followed in my life meticulously is keeping a journal. I have hundreds of them, full of feathers, flowers, photographs and words – lying unlocked, open on my shelves.

Terry Tempest Williams

The subconscious is constantly trying to help you. That’s why I keep a diary – not to chat, but to capture the images and ideas that come to me. I keep an ongoing journal because it’s like I’ve found a real goldmine when I write.

Jim Harrison

I don’t write to be “productive.” Not to find great ideas or to write texts that I can publish later. My lines are not intended for anyone but myself. Writing in a diary is by far the most cost-effective therapy I could find.

Timothy Ferris
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Writing a diary means turning your attention inward to turn your well-being from the inside out.

Lee Wise

I find the experience of journaling on paper to be much more creative than on the computer.

Kerri Smith

I write in my diary almost every morning. I’ve had one for a long time – I’ve probably filled more than 50. I write about what’s going on in my personal and spiritual life or at work. It helps me keep things in perspective, especially when things get out of hand or I’m stressed or we’re dealing with difficulties.

Blake Mycoskie

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, keep me still.

Ruth Ozeki

Write about what you love, what you hate, what’s going on, what’s important to you. Writing organizes your thoughts and allows you to see things that would otherwise pass you by. Focus on what you believe you are looking for in your art.

Kay Walkingstick

As a CEO, life can sometimes feel lonely, so I express my thoughts, emotions and aspirations in a very disciplined manner in a diary. Looking back at past entries helps me reflect on challenges and appreciate successes and progress.

Rana el Kaliouby

A diary is your completely unadulterated voice.

Lucy Dacus

Fill the paper with breaths from your heart.

William Wordsworth


↑1Sciencedirect.com. (2019). Reticular Activating System – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. [online] Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/reticular-activating-system [Accessed 6 Apr. 2020]
↑2Baikie, K. A., & Wilhelm, K. (2005). Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 11, 338-346. doi:10.1192/apt.11.5.338
↑3Thai Nguyen (2015). 10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal. [online] HuffPost. Available at: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/benefits-of-journaling-_b_6648884
↑4Purcell, M. (2018). The Health Benefits of Journaling. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 2, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/
↑5Grothaus, M. (2015). Why journaling is good for your health (and 8 tips to get better). Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/3041487/8-tips-to-more-effective-journaling-for-health

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