Refuge Sayings and Quotes

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

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.     

Emil Cioran

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.     

Nick Hornby

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Art is man's refuge from adversity.     


Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.     

Oscar Wilde

Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.     

James Cash Penney

Writing is a refuge from unhappiness, but has its own sorrows.     

Mason Cooley

Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones.     

Oscar Wilde

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.     


Public opinion is the last refuge of a politician without any opinion.     

Mark Bonham Carter

We take refuge in pride, because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.     

Okakura Kakuzō

Look not for refuge to anyone beside yourself. Heed fast to the truth as a lamp.     

Gautama Buddha

One may make their house a palace of sham, or they can make it a home, a refuge.     

Mark Twain

Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world.     

Walter Pater

Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge.     


Nostalgia is the intimate refuge of every man and every woman in a world seemingly gone mad.     

John Larkins

All the times these arms were my only refuge from the world. Perhaps not fully appreciated then, but so sweet in my memory, and now gone forever.     

Suzanne Collins

Music is a place to take refuge. It's a sanctuary from mediocrity and boredom. It's innocent and it's a place you can lose yourself in thoughts, memories and intricacies     

Lisa Gerrard

You are your own refuge There is no other You cannot save another You can only save yourself.     

Guillaume Musso

The temples are a refuge from life's storms even a never-failing beacon guiding us to safety.     

Thomas S. Monson

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.     

Henry David Thoreau

Tolerance is our safest refuge and our fortress against the handicaps that arise from schism, factions, and the difficulties inherent in reaching mutual agreement.     

Fethullah Gulen

All men have one refuge, a good friend, with whom you can weep and know that he does not smile.     


Home is the first refuge from – and last defense against – the disappointments and the terrors of life.     

Dean Koontz

My last refuge, my books: simple pleasures, like finding wild onions by the side of a road, or requited love.     

Tracy Letts

There'll be times when the only refuge is books. Then you'll read as if you meant it, as if your life depended on it.     

Ken Bruen

Science has destroyed even the refuge of the inner life. What was once a sheltering haven has become a place of terror     

Carl Jung

The only refuge left to us was the poet's ivory tower, which we climbed, ever higher, to isolate ourselves from the mob.     

Gérard de Nerval

We can find true refuge within our own hearts and minds-right here, right now, in the midst of our moment-to-moment lives.     

Tara Brach