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Journaling Prompts

Getaway: Do you have a dream destination that you’d like to visit? Is your fantasy spot somewhere you can plan to actually see or does it feel like a pipe dream? What exactly about your dream spot is so appealing? Is it filled with adventure, solitude, unique sights?

Daydream: Do you ever feel the need to escape from your everyday life into a place in your mind? When you allow yourself to drift off, where do you go? How much of your fantasy world is different from the real life in which you live? Do you imagine yourself in the past or in the future? Do you wish for things you once had, or things not yet attained? Do you experience any guilt over these feelings or wanting to run away?

Avert vs. Avoid: When and how have you prevented something you didn’t want by your positive actions or by avoidance – passively staying away from something? Does it feel different to take action vs. allowing things to unfold, even if the result is the same?

Disappear: On a tough day have you imagined leaving it all behind? What daily tasks and difficulties would you love to let go of, even for a few moments? How would you go - with a big announcement or by sneaking away? 

Alone or Together: Are you someone who loves the company of others or craves time alone? Is your perfect everyday escape sitting with a hot beverage and reading a book, or being with friends in a quiet conversation? Dancing the night away or getting into nature? If you’re partnered, do you have similar ‘escape’ styles? If not, how do you handle that?

Freedom: What constraints have you actually escaped from? Have others held you back by telling you things about yourself that were not accurate? How have you been able to escape outside influence and the past, or are you still trying?

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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

Edgar Allan Poe


Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey


No matter how far you travel or how much you run from it, can you ever really escape your past?

Becky Hartman Edwards and Michael Patrick King,


The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.

Alan Saporta


You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

Abraham Lincoln


When you get right down to it, what we all need is a place to go... A place where we can escape the noise of our lives and just relax.

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata,


What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.



If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese Proverb


Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.



Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.

H. L. Mencken


A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.

Jewish Proverb


Oh, how one wishes sometimes to escape from the meaningless dullness of human eloquence, from all those sublime phrases, to take refuge in nature, apparently so inarticulate, or in the wordlessness of long grinding labor, of sound sleep, of true music, or of a human understanding, rendered speechless by emotion!

Boris Pasternak


Now the sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never.

Franz Kafka


We feel free when we escape -- even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.

Eric Hoffer


The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Jean-Paul Sartre


You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts.

Author Unknown


Who escapes duty, avoids a gain.

Theodore Parker


Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.

Alfred A. Montapert


It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.

Author Unknown


We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

Anne Sullivan


Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.

Jean Cocteau


A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman's eyes.

Clare Boothe Luce


All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

A. C. Benson


Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.

Emile M. Cioran


Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.

Clive Bell


As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.

John Lancaster Spalding


Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.

Christopher Fry


Half the joy of life is in little things taken on the run... but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.

Victor Cherbuliez


I write to escape; to escape poverty.

Edgar Rice Burroughs


If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.

Ram Dass


I think I may have become an actor to hide from myself. You can escape into a character.

John Candy


I think that you have to bear in mind that music is about escape, and it's not unreasonable to think the music business would be based around escapism.

Peter Hook


I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.

Thom Yorke


I think you can't really escape any kind of spiritual education as a child, whether it's New Age or Judaism or Buddhism or whatever it is. You can't escape it, even if you completely disagree with it, you still have it as a foundation that you base things off of.

Jack White


I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war.

Walter Mosley


I was always someone who lived in the future all the time, it was always the next thing - dreams of escape.

Julie Walters


I was enchanted by the escape into that meticulous world that seemed real yet not... well, it seemed not real, but very detailed and meticulous, bizarre.

Richard Foreman


I was one of the many horses pulling the wagon and couldn't escape left or right because of the will of the driver.

Adolf Eichmann


I write to escape; to escape poverty.

Edgar Rice Burroughs


If we have been brought up with the idea that life is for suffering and sacrifice, then of course we would seek death to escape this 'vale of tears'.

Claude Vorilhon


If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge


If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.

Ram Dass


Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!"

Bill Bradley



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