Diary Quotes: –A diary is a record (originally in handwritten format) with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period. Diaries undertaken for institutional purposes play a role in many aspects of human civilization, including government records, business ledgers, and military records.

A personal diary may include a person’s experiences, thoughts, and/or feelings, excluding comments on current events outside the writer’s direct experience. Someone who keeps a diary is known as a diarist. 


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.

Diary Quotes And Sayings

Inspirational Diary Quotes And Sayings


“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.”-Anonymous


“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

Diary Quotes

“A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.”-George William Curtis


Diary Sayings and Diary Quotes


“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


Best Inspirational Diary Quotes And Proverbs 


“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 organize 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 a 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