"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good."
"Foreign lands never yield their secrets to a traveller. The best they offer are tantalising snippets, just enough to inflame the imagination. The secrets they do reveal are your own - the ones you have kept from yourself. And this is reason enough to travel, to leave home."
"Summer reminds me not to take life for granted. It reminds me of the beauty in sunshine and flower petals and honey bees and the golden freckles on my bare shoulders. It reminds me that there’s nothing more satisfying than homemade vanilla lemonade and obscure ice cream flavors and cucumber salad and grill marks. It reminds me to appreciate cool breezes and ice cubes and Wayfarers and classic rock stations. But best of all, it will now forever remind me that I have a lifetime of tomorrows with your big hands and kind eyes and warm heart and crooked smile."