Diary Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old diary quotes, diary sayings, and diary proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.     

James Matthew Barrie

When all is said and done, leading a good life is more important than keeping a good diary.     


A diary is the last place to go if you wish to seek the truth about a person. Nobody dares to make the final confession to themselves on paper: or at least, not about love.     

Lawrence Durrell

History is the diary of humankind; to forget it is to try to navigate the future with no memory of the past.     

T.L. Rese

Making records should be fun.     

Noel Gallagher

Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you.     

Mae West

Write a diary, imagining that you are trying to make an old person jealous.     

Joe Dunthorne

To write a diary every day is like returning to one's own vomit.     

Enoch Powell

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.     

E.L. Doctorow

A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.     

George William Curtis

Keeping a journal implies hope.     

Erica Jong

You may be keeping a diary of your thoughts but know that, in every religion, the God you believe is keeping a diary of your actions.     

Steve Maraboli

Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.     

Oscar Wilde

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life.     

Douglas Pagels

One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.     

Franz Kafka

Some of what you write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity.     

Spencer W. Kimball

A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen.     

William Soutar

Everyone should have a form of a diary, it's a great release.     

Stanley Victor Paskavich

A diary is more or less the work of a man of clay whose hands are clumsy and in whose eyes there is no light.     

Wallace Stevens

All records are made to be broken.     

Red Auerbach

Keeping a diary is like closing your bedroom door and refusing to come out until dinnertime: it is a declaration of self.     

Caitlin Flanagan

A great library contains the diary of the human race.     

Rev. George Dawson

A proper family diary with everyone's events and parties in it really helps organise the household.     

Anthea Turner

Oh, this is a dear diary moment.     

Matthew Perry

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.     

Pablo Picasso

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterward.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile a stain upon the silence.     

Samuel Beckett

The diary will really try and tell people who you are and what you were. The alternative is writing nothing, or creating a totally lifeless, as it is leafless, garden.     

John Robert Fowles

A diary need not be a dreary chronicle of one's movements; it should aim rather at giving salient account of some particular episode, a walk, a book, a conversation.     

A. C. Benson

As we live longer and healthier for longer, we need to keep ourselves busy the diary is pretty full.     

Evelyn Glennie