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Best Expat Life Quotes
- Reflect how I feel about an issue or a place.
- Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I don`t agree with the author’s viewpoint.
- Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
- Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.
I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.
My blog posts lead off with quotes relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.
In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.
I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
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8 Best Inspirational Expat Life Quotes
“The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.”
Adam Gopnik (Paris to the Moon)
“And suddenly you just know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
“Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe.”
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.“
“Loving life is easy when you are abroad, where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more a master of yourself than at home.”
“Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially.”
“Splendid to arrive alone in a foreign country and feel the assault of difference. Here they are all along, busy with living; they don’t talk or look like me. The rhythm of their day is entirely different; I am foreign.”
“People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
Dalai Lama XIV
13 Expat Life Lessons Quotes
“One of the things you learn when you go overseas is how much a lot of the countries overseas really just like to enjoy life.”
“When you move from one country to another you have to accept that there are some things that are better and some things that are worse, and there is nothing you can do about it.”
“Expats who can only criticize the country in which they choose to live are like a sailor who demands the wind blows only according to his skill.”
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world. What I found appealing in life abroad was the inevitable sense of helplessness it would inspire. Equally exciting would be the work involved in overcoming that helplessness. There would be a goal involved, and I liked having goals.”
“All you will have is the present. Waste no energy crying over yesterday or dreaming of tomorrow. Nostalgia is fatiguing and destructive, it is the vice of the expatriate. You must put down roots as if they were forever, you must have a sense of permanence.”
“So, here you are. Too foreign for home, too foreign for here. Never enough for both.”
“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable, it is designed to make its own people comfortable.”
“It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same.”
“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, like you’ll not miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.”¨
“Why did I hope we would be happy abroad? A change of environment is that traditional fallacy upon which doomed loves, and lungs, rely.“
“What makes expat life so addictive is that every boring or mundane activity you experience at home (like grocery shopping, commuting to work or picking up the dry cleaning) is, when you move to a foreign country, suddenly transformed into an exciting adventure. Try finding peanut butter in a Japanese grocery story or explaining in broken Spanish to the Guatemalan pharmacy that you need cough drops and you’ll understand. When abroad, boredom, routine and ‘normal’ cease to exist. And all that’s left is the thrill and challenge of uncertainty.”
“Almost every truly creative being feels alienated & expatriated in his own country.”
“You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
8 Coming Home After Living Abroad Quotes
“The prospect of going home is very appealing.”
“Perhaps home is not a place, but simply an irrevocable condition.”
“I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.”
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
“The farther you go, however. The harder it is to return.”
“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
“The journey is my home.”
“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”