Top 50 Journals Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Journals Quotes from famous people such as Geoff Dyer, Adoniram Judson, Kirk Hammett, Aaron Swartz, Suleika Jaouad, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Inevitably, most readers come to John Cheever's 'Journa

Inevitably, most readers come to John Cheever’s ‘Journals’ via his fiction. Whatever value they might have in their own right, their viability as a publishing proposition was conditional on the interest of the large readership of his novels and stories.
Geoff Dyer
A person employed in direct missionary work among the natives, especially if his employ is somewhat itinerant, can easily make long and interesting journals.
Adoniram Judson
For the ‘Load’ album, I was experimenting so much with tone that I had to keep journals on what equipment I was using. For ‘Hero of the Day,’ I know I used a 1958 Les Paul Standard with a Matchless Chieftain, some Boogie amps and a Vox amp – again, they’re all blended.
Kirk Hammett
We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks.
Aaron Swartz
Growing up, I had always been an avid bookworm and a straight-A student. I approached my cancer the same way I approached writing my senior thesis in college: I buried my head in research journals, interviewed experts and scoured the Internet for information.
Suleika Jaouad
When my mother was sick, I found myself needing to put down in my journals all sorts of things – to try to understand them, and, I think, to try to remember them.
Meghan O’Rourke
Over the last two years, I have been able to comb through The Prince’s archives. I have been free to read his journals, diaries and many thousands of the letters.
Jonathan Dimbleby
I think peer review is hindering science. In fact, I think it has become a completely corrupt system. It’s corrupt in many ways, in that scientists and academics have handed over to the editors of these journals the ability to make judgment on science and scientists.
Sydney Brenner
I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do.
Alice Walker
I have four shelves covered with journals that I’ve written. Dad and I are writing songs together. I’ve probably written 100 songs.
Miley Cyrus
I’ve been keeping tour journals since I was 17 years old.
Laura Jane Grace
Music was never just a hobby for me. I’d pick up a guitar every day to work on whatever I was writing at the time. I would put my ideas in songs the way some people might put them in diaries or journals.
Tracy Chapman
Reading the several thousand pages of Christopher Isherwood’s complete journals is an instructive corrective to the prissiness of reading fiction. Isherwood had faults that we’d say were unforgiveable in a novel (he was careful to distance himself from these in his autobiographical fiction).
Edmund White
American Society for Psychical Research Journals were all around the house when I was a kid.
Dan Aykroyd
My parents were in the book business, my brothers still run the Dutton bookstores in Los Angeles, and I’ve been interested in editing books and journals all of my life.
Denis Dutton
I wrote poetry, journals, and, especially, plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. I had an ordinary, happy childhood. Nothing much was going on, but I had fun.
Alex Flinn
I’ve never been one for keeping a journal, so my songs were my journals. They allowed me to express my feelings and let people know what was going on with me. I knew that somebody would relate.
Janet Jackson
I look back at my old school journals, and they’re full of self-hatred, full of me condemning myself for not being prettier, richer, more popular.
Jameela Jamil
I’ve had journals ever since I was really little. Sometimes I write poems and stuff, but for the most part I write down what happens to me during the day that I don’t want to forget. So I have books filled with little things like that.
Miranda Cosgrove
I’m a big journaler, so for every new journal, I would change the way my room looked and change the posters on the walls, and I would change what I was wearing, and I would have a playlist, and it all kind of corresponded and matched, and I would change my handwriting in the journals.
Tavi Gevinson
But, if you read science journals or the inside of Snapple caps, you might already know that watching TV is the closest you can get to being dead, which is why it’s so relaxing.
Sara Pascoe
I remember looking at James Joyce’s journals. It was just amazing – it looked like ants had written on the page. So much writing on one page, every corner of the page was filled. Some of the lines were underlined in yellow or blue or red. A lot of color, intense writing.
Juan Felipe Herrera
Very good records exist about the Trail of Tears. Journals and other records kept by Cherokees and non-Indians tell such things as which people were where on which day.
Joseph Bruchac
I have deposited some of my journals here for fear of accidents.
William John Wills
I’m always interested in writing. I keep music in journals on an everyday basis. I’m always looking for ideas that can be music.
Hiromi Uehara
My mother sent me to speech classes, but the other kids still teased me. I was shy. I stooped. Instead of talking, I kept journals. That’s where my love of words comes from. I majored in journalism.
Colman Domingo
I remember travelling up and down the road, and I kept journals during my whole career, and I was always making notes about things I wanted to say, words I wanted to create, actions I wanted to do, things I wanted to do to make the character more imaginative and fantastical.
The Ultimate Warrior
I have seen journals with good financial backing and editorial support die because they looked so bad nobody wanted to publish them.
Denis Dutton
When I go back and read my journals or fiction, I am always surprised. I may not remember having those thoughts, but they still exist and I know they are mine, and it’s all part of making sense of who I am.
Amy Tan
The letters and journals we leave behind and the impressions we have made on our contemporaries are the mere husk of the kernel of our essential life. When we die, the kernel is buried with us. This is the horror and pity of death and the reason for the inescapable triviality of biography.
Janet Malcolm
As an instructor at Alexandria University, I did research that was published in international journals. Although I left to pursue a doctorate in the United States, it was not for want of a good life.
Ahmed Zewail
You'll find a lot of rich detail in people's personal h

You’ll find a lot of rich detail in people’s personal histories – diaries and journals and things of the era.
Ransom Riggs
From time to time, I’ll look back through the personal journals I’ve scribbled in throughout my life, the keepers of my raw thoughts and emotions. The words poured forth after my dad died, when I went through a divorce, and after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There are so many what-ifs scribbled on those pages.
Hoda Kotb
I am still interested in the long or serial poem, but have written a few smaller things. I may start sending to journals again in a year or so… that’s about it.
George Murray
I’ve been keeping journals since I was 13.
Keke Palmer
I remember keeping a lot of journals and diaries and trying to form a complete thought just based off of those immediate, raw feelings. If anything, I was conscious about how I just always wanted to be as honest as possible, no matter how vulnerable it would make me seem.
I was talking to my dad, who’s a neurosurgeon. He had this academic paper he wanted to publish. Journals take about 18 months to publish a paper, and he just wanted to get things up there.
Trip Adler
My father was prolific when it came to writing: day-timers, journals. He wrote on pieces of loose-leaf paper that he held on to, and he wrote in spiral notebooks.
Shannon Lee
I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.
Judy Collins
Who I love reading is Jordan Mechner, who wrote ‘Prince of Persia.’ He put all his journals while he was writing ‘Prince of Persia’ online.
Mike Krieger
My sister was three years older than me, and she was like the stone-cold ’70s fox. I looked like a short Polish farm woman, and so our journals were wildly different.
Paula Pell
We often feel a twinge of guilt over our own fascination with presidential candidates’ wives – as if we are secretly reading the ‘Star’ for our campaign information instead of the policy journals.
Naomi Wolf
I’ve been keeping journals since I was a kid.
Mariette Hartley
There’s a misconception that survival of the fittest means survival of the most aggressive. The adjective ‘Darwinian’ used to refer to ruthless competition; you used to read that in business journals. But that’s not what Darwinian means to a biologist; it’s whatever leads to reproductive success.
Steven Pinker
I’ve been writing an ongoing letter to my children since they were born, full of recollections of their childhoods. I’ve filled two journals. It’s a great thing to do as a mother – you forget a lot as you go along, but reading over what you’ve written brings all the memories back.
Tory Burch
I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
Jacques Derrida
Universities think people come up with great ideas by closing the door. The academic tenure process, where you have to publish to journals which are very narrow, stands in the way of great research.
Clayton M. Christensen
Selling public property is the true Chicago way. Had Mr. Obama not been elected president, the nation’s business journals would be falling over one another to praise his city for its daring, market-friendly innovations.
Thomas Frank
I do believe that our modern English usage has become way too clipped and austere. I have been reading excerpts from the journals of 18th-century seafarers lately, and even the lowliest press-ganged deck-swabber turns a finer phrase than I do most days.
Geraldine Brooks