Quotes for Nomads

Today is the fourth day of May with the Blog Every Day in May challenge.  
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Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
I love finding quotes and I wish I could hold to memory many to be recited in the perfect situation.  Perhaps in another life I will be blessed with a photographic memory.  One reason I love to read is to come across words that speak to your inner core.  Although the prompt was for one, I have three favourite quotes to share with you.  These quotes speak to a very personal level with me as a nomad and traveler.  The first is spoken by the Narrator in the film adaptation of the book Chocolat

But still the clever north wind was not satisfied. 
It spoke…of towns yet to be visited, 
friends in need yet to be discovered, 
battles yet to be fought.” 
– Chocolat

The reason I love this quote so much is because it really speaks to me as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and now as an ATCK. I have people constantly coming in and out of my life with moving so frequently. It has made me feel like I have lived a ‘normal’ person’s lifetime in my mere thirty years.  I am always being called to some place new and get itchy feet when I have not traveled to somewhere recently.  To me the purpose of life is the experiences and I want to experience all the world has to offer.  Those lines spoken by the narrator really tap into that nomadic existence and has been a favourite amongst my other TCK friends.  

The second quote is from one of my favourite authors, Tolkien.  I have been a huge fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series from a young age.  I read from the same books to my kids that my dad used to read from to me.  If I ever wanted to get a quote tattooed on my body it would probably be the following. 

Not all those who wander are lost.” 
– J.R.R.Tolkien
As a TCK, you can feel that you do not belong anywhere or that you do not have a home.  You move so much and wander this world to have roots in one place.  However I feel enriched in this truth. Which is why the statement about not being lost hits home to me. To be fair this quote is taken out of a poem which is found in his book, The Fellowship of the Ring, twice and is a lovely poem in its own right.  The poem is about the ranger, Aragorn, who later takes his place as King.  The first time the poem is mentioned it is in a letter to the Hobbits from Gandalf, before the Hobbits know that Strider is indeed Aragorn. 
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
– J.R.R.Tolkein
My last quote to share with you today is from another of my favourite authors, Earnest Hemingway.  I would have to say my favourite books of his are A Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast.  This quote is from the latter.  For me it really fits in with how cities, countries, and cultures embed themselves in my life and stay apart of me forever.  
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, 
then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, 
for Paris is a moveable feast.
– Ernest Hemingway 

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Q: Have you read any of these books and do you like these quotes too?  
Or do you have other quotes that speak to you as a traveler?  
Would love to hear your thoughts!

Bonnie Rose

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10282427768935973822 erica @ to the sea

    I can totally relate. I NEED to be traveling and moving, and I don’t think one place will ever really feel like home. I’m so glad we found eachother’s blogs. :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Def me too. I really love your blog. Traveling is a life source. x

  • http://hemborgwife.wordpress.com/ hemborgwife

    I love the first one as like you I am always wondering what else is out there to experience and how I can get there.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Exactly! I love how its described as a wind carrying you off to new places too. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08558475767119850748 Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In…Australia

    I loved the “not all who wander are lost” I wanted to have that tattooed on my foot. Like you, I feel like in my 26 years I have experienced several lifetimes. My husband and I currently live lives that people find difficult to understand but we’ve always done what works for us and remained true to who we are as individuals and as a couple :)

    BTW, I adore the name of your blog! xoxox

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Thank you for the sweet compliments! Exactly do what’s best for your family. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11959159746683961082 Aleshea

    I have the Lord of the Rings Trilogy but didn’t actually read it in H.S. like I was supposed to. I like your first two quotes. It’s a reminder that not everyone is on the same path in life. It’s what you do with what you have and how you impact others on the way.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Exactly and I love the way you worded that. Perfection. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10850456450714708873 Sweet Tea In Sicily

    LOVE these quotes. I currently live in Sicily, Italy, and we travel throughout Europe a LOT. As a frequent traveler (and a lover of travel) these quotes speak to me! As a military spouse I will never have a “permanent home” and will travel for the rest of my life but I don’t think of that as a bad thing. I love the newness of moving so often, meeting new people, and exploring the new places in the states or overseas. So much fun!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      That is wonderful and definitely how I felt growing up as a military kid, later as a military wife and now as a expat.

  • http://meyouandzu.wordpress.com/ meyouandzu

    Wonderful post! These are great quotes! I love writings by J.R.R. Tolkien (even if I find it difficult to get through at times).

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      There are definitely some lovely gems through out the books. x

  • http://slightlytwistedjane.wordpress.com/ slightlytwistedjane

    First of all, I’d like to say you’ve got a lovely blog!! A lovely blog for a lovely lady.
    In my 18 years of existence, this is pretty embarassing to say thatI haven’t been outside our country. Reading your blog gave me the urge to travel as soon as possible!! :)
    “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R.Tolkien
    So true.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Hope you have a lifetime of travels a head of you! :) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17283561653744769352 Jessica Lynn

    Oh, i really like that last quote. I haven’t lived in Paris, but I’ve visited several times, so it resonates with me!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Paris is lovely! Glad you really liked that last quote. If you have not yet read the book, I def recommend it. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17290280516645205558 BREI

    Love your quote choices. I love to travel and am always looking for good quotes to apply to traveling.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Glad you enjoyed and I love travel quotes too. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14770506419098591862 bailey k.

    I’ve never seen nor read Chocolat. Looks like I need to; I love that quote!! :) I love all the rest, too, and have read those books as well.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      You should def read the book or see the film. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01079473916722620673 Erika @ CHiMERiKAL.com

    Hi Bonnie! I found your blog through the Blog Every Day in May Challenge.

    How great is it to find someone who used travel-inspired quotes! Mine is somewhat indirectly related, but I find a lot of my identity in travel, so this post of yours really interested me! I especially love “not all those who wander are lost.” How true! :)


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Glad you were able to find my blog and that you loved the post today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16149186891188677587 Betty Taylor

    I loved your quotes. Paris speaks to me! I have been to France twice this past year and I could lose myself in Paris. I love that you have spent so much time traveling. I am sure it makes you a different person, but that’s not a bad thing. You have been exposed to so many people and cultures.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

      Paris is a a great city and thats why that quote means so much to me too.