58 Rebecca Solnit Quotes from the American Writer

Rebecca is an author from San Francisco who has published 13 books including award-winning “River of Shadows.”

Her recent work “Infinite City” combines maps and essays showcasing her love for geography and storytelling.

Growing up in Novato, California she was drawn to geography and reading from an early age often found in the local library.

Rebecca Solnit Quotes

A graduate of San Francisco State University and the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Rebecca enjoys the detective-like research in her writing.

She defines geography as the intersection of various forces and subjects a concept vividly explored in “Infinite City.”

For Rebecca writing is a magical fulfilling process but it also involves running a small business.

She encourages aspiring writers to read extensively and observe the world noting the endless possibilities in exploring and mapping places.

Below you will find the most powerful quotes by Rebecca Solnit.

Top 10 Rebecca Solnit Quotes


Modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Books are solitudes in which we meet. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


We’re fighting for a society in which everyone is important. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Credibility is a basic survival tool. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Kindness and gentleness never had a gender, and neither did empathy. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Roads are a record of those who have gone before. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Profound Rebecca Solnit Quotes

A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


The unexamined life is not worth living, as the aphorism goes, but perhaps an honorable and informed life requires examining others’ lives, not just one’s own. Perhaps we do not know ourselves unless we know others. And if we do, we know that nobody is nobody. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don’t – and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Home is everything you can walk to. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

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Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don’t. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

There are disasters that are entirely manmade, but none that are entirely natural. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

I think one of the primary goals of a feminist landscape architecture would be to work toward a public landscape in which we can roam the streets at midnight, in which every square is available for Virginia Woolf to make up her novels. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Before writers are writers they are readers, living in books, through books, in the lives of others that are also the heads of others, in that act that is so intimate and yet so alone. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Never turn down an adventure without a really good reason. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Popular Rebecca Solnit Quotes


Sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Politics is pervasive. Everything is political and the choice to be “apolitical” is usually just an endorsement of the status quo and the unexamined life. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

I walk wherever my errands take me. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

There are fossils of seashells high in the Himalayas; what was and what is are different things. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented society, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Time itself is our tragedy and most of us are fighting some kind of war against it. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Best Rebecca Solnit Quotes

Walking articulates both physical and mental freedom. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

There is no good answer to how to be a woman; the art may instead lie in how we refuse the question. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

We make ourselves large or small, here or there, in our empathies. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

We have only the language for fun and miserable, and maybe we need language for deep and shallow, meaningful and meaningless. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

A lone walker is both present and detached, more than an audience but less than a participant. Walking assuages or legitimizes this alienation. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you? ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Given a choice between their worldview and the facts, it’s always interesting how many people toss the facts. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


To use language is to enter into the territory of categories, which are as necessary as they are dangerous. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Women often find great roles in revolution, simply because the rules fall apart and everyone has agency, anyone can act. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Powerful Rebecca Solnit Quotes

Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

A place is a story, and stories are geography, and empathy is first of all an act of imagination, a storyteller’s art, and then a way of traveling from here to there. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


There is no one as dangerous as he or she who has nothing to lose. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Great Rebecca Solnit Quotes

We know less when we erroneously think we know than when we recognize that we don’t. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

To hope is to give yourself to the future – and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone. ~ Rebecca Solnit.


Go to hell, but keep moving once you get there, come out the other side. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Pain serves a purpose. Without it you are in danger. What you cannot feel you cannot take care of. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Like racism, misogyny can never be adequately addressed by its victims alone. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Perfection is a stick with which to beat the possible. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promise, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope. ~ Rebecca Solnit.

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