Man sitting on a rock with his fist on his chin.Long distance moving is often an emotional and chaotic process, but sometimes a few wise words can bring us down from the ceiling in times of anxiety and change. Here, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite deep thoughts and helpful maxims for getting through a major relocation in one piece.

Moving demands a brave heart and a bold spirit. May these help you remember why you’re moving in the first place.

It matters where you are. The space we choose dictates the richness of the life we have and the quality of the characters who bump up against us.

-DeDe Wilburn Church

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.

-Jerry Seinfeld

Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

-Randy Pausch

Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.


If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

-Seth Godin

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

-Joseph Priestley

Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.

-Hazrat Inayat Khan

Any time there’s a major change, whether it’s going into a relationship, getting out of a relationship, moving to a new city, a death — that usually provides a catalyst for an explosion of creativity.

-Lucinda Williams

Try to be a person on whom nothing is lost.

-Henry James

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

-Helen Keller

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