I am in the camp that believes quotes are generally overused- mostly by drama loving whiney girls on Facebook who think that their breakup is best captured by a quote referring to the utter tragedy of human genocide.

Despite their overuse, the travel blogging world is notorious for it (I am guilty as charged); quotes provide us with eloquent words that can  better express the feelings we can’t quite put into words ourselves.


These quotes inspire us, motivate us, and say all the things we wish we could. It doesn’t seem to matter that they are plastered across some silly background, playing at our naivety.

The more popular quotes are taken from some of the most famous people in history. Perhaps their popularity lies in the need for those heroes to be human like the rest of us. We can relate wholeheartedly when Maya Angelou says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” and we fear the truth of Oscar Wilde’s words “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

No matter how you feel about the worn and tired use of quotations all over your social media feeds, there is a reason that people cherish them and share them as they do.


The expat life has moments of loneliness and you can quickly feel like you are the only one who has ever dealt with living abroad. There are also great triumphs. The only expats I have ever met who didn’t value the adventures over the trials were the ones who couldn’t cut it and moved back home.

This a list of quotes on the expat life. They are not original, as a matter of fact you can find them on hundreds of websites, books and expat newsletters all over the world. This post is not aimed to amaze you or change your life, but to give you words by others who have walked your same path.

For all my expats out there, be inspired or close the tab, it doesn’t matter either way. Today I choose to share the words of fellow expats more eloquent than I.

Italo Calvino Quote

Suketu Mehta Quote



Sarah Turnball Quote



Thoreau Quote



American Abroad Quote


Francis Mayes Quote



Gopnik Quote



Jodi Picoult Quote




David Sedaris Quote


Hemmingway Quote


TC Quote
Angelou Quote



Definition of Hiraeth


Do you have any favorite expat quotes? Share them in a comment!