10 Inspiring expat quotes on living abroad, the expat perspective, and missing home

Quotes are inspirational, motivational, and provide us with eloquent words to say all the things we wish we could say to express our feelings ourselves. They not only help us to guide decisions in life, work and love, but also give us encouragement and positive in our lives. As an expat there are quite some quotes that I cherish, mainly because they make me feel that I’m not the only one living abroad. Life in a new country offers both opportunities and challenges, but mostly a rollercoaster of emotions. Today I share my 10 favorite, inspiring expat quotes on living abroad, the expat perspective, and missing home.

I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” ― Roman Payne

“It was when I realised I had a new nationality: I was in exile. I am an adulterous resident: when I am in one city, I am dreaming of the other. I am an exile; citizen of the country of longing.” ― Suketu Mehta

“Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe.” ~Marilyn Gardner


“So, here you are. too foreign for home. too foreign for here. never enough for both”. “Diaspora Blues” by Ijeoma Umebinyuo

“The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.” –Adam Gopnik

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. ― Miriam Adeney

“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world.” –David Sadaris

“What makes expat life so addictive is that every boring or mundane activity you experience at home is, when you move to a foreign country, suddenly transformed into an exciting adventure. When abroad, boredom, routine and ‘normal’ cease to exist. And all that’s left is the thrill and challenge of uncertainty.” –Reannon Muth

Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. –Hereclitus

What are your favorite quotes about the life of an expat?

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