How is your life and its goal

101 pilgrimage quotes and thoughts on the journey through life

Lots Way of St. James quotes and thoughts about being on the way on the Camino de Santiago inspire, motivate, give strength to dare to try something new, not to give up or even consciously or unconsciously influence our actions during the journey through life as a kind of motto or guiding principle.

But why do we love all the sayings of great philosophers, writers, actors, artists, scholars, entrepreneurs and politicians from ancient times to modern times, but also from people like you and me? Quite simply: Because you get to the heart of your own feelings, wishes, beliefs or hopes.

This is also shown by this collection with selected sayings on the Way of St. James and wisdom about pilgrims, about being on foot, about beginning and persevering, saying goodbye and starting over - in short: about the art of being one with yourself and finding your own path and go.

Maybe you come across while reading the 101 pilgrimage quotes on one or the other thought, one or the other motivated to leave the well-trodden path. And who knows: Perhaps lines of text like those by writers like Paulo Coelho will even encourage you to set off one day - on a promising journey on the Camino de Santiago, on a journey to yourself.

When approaching a destination, it is extremely important to pay attention to the path. Because the path teaches us best how to get there, and it enriches us as we travel it. - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer -

In this sense

Buen Camino! And a good (life) way.

Table of contents collection of quotes

Way of St. James quotes
Sayings for pilgrimage, hiking, running
Quotes for the beginning and new beginning
Keep up! - Motivation to keep going
It is your way!
Art of living - the art of living

Way of St. James quotes

What does it mean to make a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago? What do you feel during the long journey to Santiago de Compostela? Way of St. James quotes, Sayings and pilgrimage wisdom that summarize knowledge about pilgrimage.

– 1 –

"The path does not give you what you want, but what you need."

- author unknown -


– 2 –

"Santiago is not the destination of the Camino de Santiago, it is the beginning."

- Pilgrimage wisdom -


– 3 –

"We are all pilgrims who hike to a common goal on very different paths."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer -


– 4 –

"A pilgrim never comes home without one less prejudice and one more new idea."

- Thomas More, statesman and humanist -


– 5 –

“Pilgrimage involves being on the move and being lifted out of everyday life. To pilgrimage means to dare to venture out into the unknown anew every day, to walk and rest, to arrive. It entails reducing yourself to the essentials and getting by with what you have - and you are given some things that you would never have dared to dream of. "

- Renate Florl, German hiking guide author -


– 6 –

"The way is always better than the most beautiful hostel."

- Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer -


– 7 –

“As soon as you have taken the first steps on the ancient pilgrimage, everything goes by itself. You experience and see things that you have not noticed before. You change and you can become a different person. Just like that. When walking on the Camino de Santiago. "

- Renate Florl, German hiking guide author -


– 8 –

"The Camino de Santiago is a journey of the soul."

- Shirley MacLaine, American actress, best-selling esoteric author -


– 9 –

"Basically, man's life journey is a pilgrimage on which he comes through holy places that expand and enrich the soul."

- John O´Donohue, Irish philosopher, Catholic priest and writer -


– 10 –

"Rob the pilgrim's hope of reaching his goal, and the wanderer's strength collapses."

- Wilhelm von Saint-Thierry, church writer -


– 11 –

“On the way I lived, laughed, loved, cried, trusted, lost and missed. But I learned the most. "

- author unknown -


– 12 –

"One wanders to Jerusalem to find Jesus, to Rome one goes to the Pope, but on the path to Santiago de Compostela one looks for oneself."

- Spanish proverb -


The main thing is on foot: Quotes and sayings on the Way of St. James on pilgrimage, hiking, running

Many who walk the Way of St. James experience being on the move with a previously unknown intensity. It is the journey on foot that brings with it a special perception of oneself, of things and situations.

– 13 –

"If you want to get to your destination, you can take the stagecoach, but if you want to travel properly, you should go on foot."

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Franco-Swiss writer and philosopher -


– 14 –

"I've got my best thoughts and don't know any grief that can't be gone."

- Søren Kierkegaard, philosopher -


– 15 –

"The point of traveling is to get to a destination, the point of hiking is to be on the move."

- Theodor Heuss, German politician and writer -


– 16 –

"You have only really been where you have been on foot."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet -


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– 17 –

"Walking is man’s best medicine."

- Hippocrates of Kos, Greek doctor and teacher


– 18 –

"We don't recover over time, but rather in the time we run."

- author unknown -


– 19 –

"In any case, you will miss one thing in the goal of your desires: your hiking to the goal."

- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer -


– 20 –

“You can't see anything from the car; you have to leave this damned device and start on foot, better still, crawl away, on your hands and knees, over the sandstone, through thorn bushes and cacti. Only when blood marks your trail will you eventually see something. "

- Edward Abbey, American naturalist, philosopher and writer -


– 21 –

"Because if you move forward other than on your own two feet, it goes far too fast, and you miss out on a thousand small, delicate joys that are waiting by the wayside."

- Elizabeth von Arnim, British writer -


– 22 –

“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to get to know a new life, run a marathon ”- (or the Camino de Santiago).

- based on Emil Zatopek, Czechoslovak athlete and long-distance runner -


– 23 –

"The traveler sees things that come across him on the way, the tourist sees what he intends to see."

- G.K. Chesterton, English writer and journalist -


– 24 –

"I am not running with my legs alone. I am running with my heart and my mind. "

- Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan long distance runner -


– 25 –

"The soul goes on foot."

- Arabic proverb -


Quotes at the beginning and new beginning

To embark on the Camino de Santiago often means having the courage to try something new, for a path into the unknown. The task is to adapt to new challenges. Here are a few verbal encouragements and Way of St. James quotes for everyone who wants to try something new.

– 26 –

"You don't need to be afraid, you don't need to know, you just need courage to go your own way."

- Anja Nickel, German pilgrim to St. James -


– 27 –

“One day you will wake up and you will no longer have time for the things you always wanted. Do it now. "

- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer -


– 28 –

"Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness at the end."

- Democritus, Greek philosopher -


– 29 –

“The secret of happiness is freedom. But the secret of freedom is courage. "

- Thucydides, Greek historian -


– 30 –

“Fear is not real. It is the product of our thoughts that we create. Dangers are real, but being afraid is a decision. "

- author unknown -


– 31 –

"The secret of moving forward is to take the first step."

- author unknown -


– 32 –

"Whoever tries to get everything right may miss the most beautiful mistake of his life."

- author unknown -


– 33 –

“A ship is safer when it is in port. But that's not what ships are built for. "

- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer -


– 34 –

"Don't let the fear of failure be greater than the desire to succeed."

- Robert Kiyosaki -


– 35 –

“Too much thinking is like swinging. You are busy, but you can't go a step further ... "

- author unknown -


– 36 –

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would, others make it happen."

- Michael Jordan, American basketball player -


– 37 –

“To achieve great things, we not only have to act, but also dream. We don't just have to plan, we also have to believe. "

- Anatole France, French writer -


– 38 –

“A new path is always a risk. But if we have the courage to set off, then every stumble and every misstep is a victory over our fears, our doubts and concerns. "

- Democritus, Greek philosopher -


– 39 –

"Do! Don't think, don't talk, just do it. In the worst case it will be an experience. "

- author unknown -


– 40 –

"Everyone said it couldn't be done, then someone came along who didn't know that and just did it."

- author unknown -


– 41 –

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember the ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals. "

- author unknown -


– 42 –

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step."

- Laozi, Chinese philosopher -


– 43 –

“The big challenge is to set off at all, to leave supposed certainties behind and instead to face the uncertainty of the path. The path then arises by itself. "

- Gregor Sieböck, Austrian globetrotter and author -


– 44 –

"Start with the necessary, then do the possible and suddenly you will do the impossible."

- Francis of Assisi, friar -


– 45 –

"In a year you will wish you had started today."

- Karen Lamb, author -


– 46 –

"Start doing, then you will have the strength to do so."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and writer -


– 47 –

"Doing is just like wanting to be more extreme."

- author unknown -


Keep up! - Motivation to keep going

As in everyday life, the time on the Camino de Santiago is often like a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It is a time when euphoria and setbacks alternate. But those who persevere often come out of situations stronger and with a lot of experience.

– 48 –

"It's always too early to give up."

- unknown author -


– 49 –

"Do not give up what is important to you just because it is not easy."

- Albert Einstein, German physicist -


– 50 –

"It doesn't matter how fast you go as long as you don't stop."

- Confucius, Chinese philosopher -


– 51 –

“Part of the way is behind you, another part is still ahead of you. If you stay, it is only to strengthen yourself, but not to give up. "

- Aurelius Augustinus, Doctor of the Church and Philosopher -


– 52 –

“It doesn't matter how slow you go. You're still overtaking anyone who doesn't do anything. "

- author unknown -


– 53 –

“Be like a postage stamp. Stay tuned to one thing until you reach your goal. "

- Josh Billings, American writer -


– 54 –

“He who fights can lose. Who does not fight has already lost!"

- Bertolt Brecht, German poet -


– 55 –

There are more people who capitulate than those who fail. "

- Henry Ford, American entrepreneur -


– 56 –

"A feeling of limit should not mean: here you are at an end, but: here you still have to grow."

- Emil Gött, German writer -


– 57 –

“Obstacles shouldn't stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around, don't give up. Find out how you can climb over it, walk through it or go around it. "

- Michael Jordan, American basketball player -


– 58 –

"There are mountains that you have to cross, otherwise the path will not go any further."

- Ludwig Thoma, German writer -


– 59 –

"There are only two things you can do wrong: stop or don't even start!"

- author unknown -


– 60 –

“Don't stop when it hurts. Stop when you're done. "

- author unknown -


It is your way!

Finding our own way is the greatest task that life confronts us. Sometimes the necessary clarity, the goal, is missing. Sometimes it takes an impetus, a helping of encouragement, to go down a path that is beyond the expectations of others.

– 61 –

“Not everyone will understand your path. But you are here to go and not to get applause from others. "

- author unknown -


– 62 –

“There is only one path in this world that only you can walk alone. Where does it lead? Don't ask, go to him. "

- Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher -


– 63 –

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing things that others think you can't do."

- Marcel Aymé, French storyteller and playwright -


– 64 –

"The answers are only available at the end of our journey."

- Laozi, Chinese philosopher -


– 65 –

"The decision is the beginning of everything."

- author unknown -


– 66 –

“Not all storms come to devastate your life. Some come to clear the way for you. "

- author unknown -


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– 67 –

"If you are no longer interested in looking back, then you know that the path is the right one."

- author unknown -


– 68 –

"Paths are made by walking them."

- Franz Kafka, Austrian-Czechoslovakian writer -


– 69 –

“It doesn't matter where you are from. All that matters is where you go. "

- author unknown -


– 70 –

"Pay attention to your gut feeling. No matter how good something looks, if it doesn't feel good, move on. "

- author unknown -


– 71 –

“Do not feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong path - turn back! (or turn). "

- Edgar Cayce, American medium -


– 72 –

"Sometimes the path only shows itself when you start to walk it."

- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer -


– 73 –

“Don't go where the road leads you. Go where there is no way and leave a trail. "

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and writer -


– 74 –

"Of all the paths you choose in your life, make sure that some of them are unpaved."

- John Muir, Scottish-American natural philosopher -


– 75 –

"The extraordinary does not happen in a smooth, ordinary way."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet -


– 76 –

"There are no signposts at the crossroads of life."

- Charlie Chaplin, British actor and director -


– 77 –

“Normal is a paved road; you can walk on it, but no flowers grow on it. "

- Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter and draftsman -


– 78 –

“Only the direction makes sense. It is important that you approach something, not that you arrive. "

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer -


– 79 –

"Often the goal is not at the end of the path, but somewhere at its edge."

- Ludwig Strauss, writer -


– 80 –

“Choose the way over the streams and don't jump into the sea! You have to get to the difficult through the easier. "

- Thomas Aquinas, Italian philosopher and theologian -


– 81 –

"If you want to find yourself, you shouldn't ask others for directions."

- Paul Watzlawick, Austrian communication scientist and philosopher -


– 82 –

"Either we will find a way or we will do one!"

- Hannibal Barkas, General of Carthage -


– 83 –

"Only those who know their destination will find the way."

- Laozi, Chinese philosopher -


– 84 –

"If you don't know where you want to go, you shouldn't be surprised if you end up somewhere completely different."

- Mark Twain, American writer -


– 85 –

"The route is the goal."

- Confucius, Chinese philosopher -


Art of living - the art of living

Recognizing the essentials of your own life and concentrating on it can be an element of (life) wisdom. A few sayings about the art of living and about the "art of living".

– 86 –

"It is good to do something slowly before making an important decision in life."

- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer -


– 87 –

"Life ... is the slow exhalation of the past ... the deep inhalation of the present ... in order to have enough air for the future."

- author unknown -


– 88 –

“If you want to go quickly - go alone. But if you want to go far - go together! "

- Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur -


– 89 –

"It is the encounters with people that make life worth living."

- Guy de Maupassant, French writer and journalist -


– 90 –

“Life has many detours. The trick is to admire the landscape. "

- Buddhist wisdom -


– 91 –

“Studying the way means studying yourself. To study yourself means to forget yourself. To forget yourself means to be in harmony with everything that surrounds us. "

- Dogen Zenji, Japanese Zen master -


– 92 –

“There are only two days a year when you can't do anything: one is called yesterday, the other tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, act and, above all, live. "

- Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetans -


– 93 –

"We can only realize our dreams if we decide to wake up from them."

- Josephine Baker, actress and dancer -


– 94 –

"Do what you can with what you have where you are."

- Theodore Roosevelt, Former President of the United States -


– 95 –

"When we realize that it is not another day, but one day less, we will begin to appreciate the really important things."

- author unknown-


– 96 –

"The actual voyages of discovery do not consist in getting to know new regions, but in seeing something with different eyes."

- Marcel Proust, French writer -


– 97 –

"We have to be ready to detach ourselves from the life that we have planned so that we can find the life that awaits us."

- Oscar Wilde, Irish writer -


– 98 –

“Opportunities are knocking on your door. But by the time you've pushed the bolts aside, opened the chain, deactivated the alarm and unlocked the security lock, they're long gone. "

- Rita Coolidge, American musician -


– 99 –

“You don't choose your life (Papa). You live it. "

- Film quote from "Your way" -


– 100 –

"And when we travel all over the world to discover the beautiful: we may carry it within us, otherwise we will not find it."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and writer -


– 101 –

“Take good care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. "

- Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and motivational speaker -


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