65 Drift Quotes On Success In Life

These drift quotes will inspire you. Drift, to move slowly, esp. as a result of outside forces, with no control over the direction or carried slowly by a current of air or water.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging drift quotes, drift sayings, and drift proverbs.

Best Drift Quotes

  1. “A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!” ~ Thomas a Kempis
  2. “Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is a waste not only of that day, but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground.” ~ Ralph Marston
  3. “Drifting, without aim or purpose, is the first cause of failure.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  4. “Life’s simple, you make choices and you don’t look back.” ~ Sung Kang

  5. “We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.” ~ Blaise Pascal
  6. “Here’s one problem with drifting: you can’t drift your way to the top of the mountain.” ~ Jim Rohn
  7. “My life owes me. Like an overdose, I’m slowly
    Drifting into the arms of trouble, then trouble holds me” ~ K’naan
  8. “I was born to catch dragons in their dens
    And pick flowers
    To tell tales and laugh away the morning
    To drift and dream like a lazy stream
    And walk barefoot across sunshine days.” ~ James Kavanaugh
  9. “The older you get, the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness” ~ Lionel Barrymore

  10. “Let the desert wind cool your aching head. Let the weight of the world – drift away instead” ~ Beck , Drift quotes away
  11. “Nature! We are enveloped and embraced by her, incapable of emerging from her and incapable of entering her more deeply. Unbidden and unwarned, she receives us into the circuits of her dance, drifting onward with us herself, until we grow tired and drop from her arms.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  12. “I thought everyone would be familiar with this figure: if I’d studied a thing in school I assumed it was general knowledge. I hadn’t yet discovered that I lived in a sort of transparent balloon, drifting over the world without making much contact with it, and that the people I knew appeared to me at a different angle from the one at which they appeared to themselves; and that the reverse was also true. I was smaller to others, up there in my balloon, than I was to myself. I was also blurrier.” ~ Margaret Atwood
  13. “Well, I would say that I’m just drifting. Here in the pool.” ~ Benjamin Day

  14. “All you have to do is wait,” I explained. “Sit tight and wait for the right moment. Not try to change anything by force, just watch the drift of things. Make an effort to cast a fair eye on everything. If you do that, you just naturally know what to do. But everyone’s always too busy. They’re too talented, their schedules are too full. They’re too interested in themselves to think about what’s fair.” ~ Haruki Murakami
  15. “Here’s the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It’s not that simple. We’re all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain.” ~ Jonathan Nolan
  16. “We are indeed drifting into the arena of the unwell.” ~ Bruce Robinson
  17. “The older you get, the more you live with ghosts.” ~ Nick Tosches

  18. “We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. When we think to attach ourselves to any pointand to fasten to it, it wavers and leaves us; and if we follow it, it eludes our grasp, slips past us, and vanishes for ever. Nothing stays for us.” ~ Blaise Pascal
  19. “We are not at the same place we were in 1973. This country today is drifting, moving steadily towards the pro-life position because the data is with us.” ~ Randall Terry
  20. “The older you get, the more you realize you’re drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can’t blame anybody for it.” ~ Dido Armstrong
  21. “We seemed to be drifting as a society – losing touch with the basic concepts of right and wrong.” ~ George Lucas

  22. “Some otherwise sane scientists have seriously proposed that we tuck this deadly garbage under the edges of drifting continents but how can they be sure the moving land masses will climb over the waste and not just push it forward?” ~ David R. Brower
  23. “The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose-a productive purpose.” ~ Ayn Rand
  24. “From this experience, I understood the danger of focusing only on what isn’t there. What if I came to the end of my life and realized that I’d spent every day watching for a man who would never come to me? What an unbearable sorrow it would be, to realize I’d never really tasted the things I’d eaten, or seen the places I’d been, because I’d thought of nothing but the Chairman even while my life was drifting away from me. And yet if I drew my thoughts back from him, what life would I have? I would be like a dancer who had practiced since childhood for a performance she would never give.” ~ Arthur Golden
  25. “If you have no major purpose, you are drifting toward certain failure.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  26. “The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.” ~ Clarence Darrow
  27. “The fifties – they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.” ~ Elizabeth Hardwick
  28. “If I don’t get the service or if I don’t the ball in the box, where I want it, I start drifting into midfield. I go and look for the ball. I try to be important for the team in other areas.” ~ Ruud van Nistelrooy
  29. “The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination – or rather, to be more exact – of the northern hemisphere’s towns, fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.” ~ Alva Myrdal
  30. “You can’t imagine parlor ballads drifting out of high-rise multi-towered buildings. That kind of music existed in a more timeless state of life.” ~ Bob Dylan

  31. “Science, which is not so attached to ‘truth’ as it once was, but more to immediate ‘effectiveness’, is now drifting towards a decline, it’s civic fall from grace.” ~ Paul Virilio
  32. “One boy’s footprints are not long in being lost in the snow, in the steadily falling snow of the shortest day, the longest night; they are lost as soon as they are made. And once again the heath is clothed in drifting white. And there is no ghost, save the one ghost that lives in the heart of a motherless boy, till his footprints disappear.” ~ Halldór Laxness
  33. “I sincerely believe that there is a time in life for drifting. There is a time for sitting back and getting in touch with yourself. Some of our most interesting illuminations and ideas will come when we take time to reflect, time to kick back and cruise awhile.” ~ Rudolfo Anaya
  34. “We are all drifting reefwards now, and faith is our only anchor.” ~ Bram Stoker

  35. “I can’t quite define my aversion to asking questions of strangers. From snatches of family battles which I have heard drifting up from railway stations and street corners, I gather that there are a great many men who share my dislike for it, as well as an equal number of women who … believe it to be the solution to most of this world’s problems.” ~ Robert Benchley
  36. “I was drifting away like a drop in the ocean, and now I realize that nothing has been as beautiful as when I saw heaven’s skies.” ~ Michelle Branch
  37. “To contact the cosmic giggle, to have the flow of casuistry begin to give off synchronistic ripples, whitecaps in the billows of the coincidental ether, if you will. To achieve that, a precondition is a kind of unconsciousness, a kind of drifting, a certain taking-your-eye-off-the-ball, a certain assumptions that things are simpler than they are, almost always precedes what Mircea Eliade called ‘the rupture of plane’ that indicates that there is an archetypal world, an archetypal power behind profane appearances.” ~ Terence McKenna
  38. “We are the space in which thoughts appear, play, and dissolve like clouds drifting in the infinite sky.” ~ Mooji

  39. “The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho
  40. “The more we treasure the words of the prophets and apply them the better we will recognize when we are drifting off course-even if only by a matter of a few degrees.” ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  41. “taking her hand he led her out into a broad stretch of hard sandy soil that the moon flooded with great splendor. They floated out like drifting moths under the rich hazy light, and as the fantastic symphony wept and exulted and wavered and despaired, Ardita’s last sense of reality dropped away, and she abandonded her imagination to the dreamy summer scents of tropial flowers and the infinite starry spaces overhead, feeling that if she opened her eyes it would be to find herself dancing with a ghost in a land created by her own fantasy.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  42. “Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining.” ~ Annie Besant

  43. “I remain fearless of airplanes after 9/11. But during a trip to Los Angeles on a Boeing 767, I couldn’t keep my mind from drifting: What’s the largest piece of this airplane that could crash into the World Trade Center, explode out the other side, and survive intact? The landing gear? My computer battery? My belt buckle? My wedding ring?” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
  44. “The thing is, that when you’re young, you always think you’ll meet all sorts of wonderful people, that drifting apart and losing friends is natural. You don’t worry, at first, about the friends you leave behind. But as you get older, it gets harder to build friendships. Too many defenses, too little opportunity. You get busy. And by the time you realize that you’ve lost the dearest best friend you’ve ever had, years have gone by and you’re mature enough to be embarrassed by your attitude and, frankly, by your arrogance.” ~ Kate Jacobs , Drift quotes apart
  45. “How strange and abandoned and unsettled I am. Like a snowdome paperweight that’s been shaken. There’s a blizzard in my bubble. Everything in my world that was steady and sure and sturdy has been shaken out of place, and it’s now drifting and swirling back down in a confetti of debris. (p30)” ~ Craig Silvey
  46. “The older you get, the more you learn.” ~ Martina Hingis

  47. “The audience is invisible and that’s good. Somewhere my voice is drifting through a swine barn and the sound of it seems to perk up the sows’ appetite. Or a lady is listening on headphones as she jogs along a beach, running to my cadence. Or a dog sits in front of the radio, head cocked, and the sibilants excite him in some mysterious way. A dog’s humorist, that’s me.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  48. “… if, as women, we accept a philosophy of history that asserts that women are by definition assimilated into the male universal,that we can understand our past through a male lens–if we are unaware that women even have a history–we live our lives similarly unanchored, drifting in response to a veering wind of myth and bias.” ~ Adrienne Rich
  49. “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting throught the wind, wanting to start again. Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin, like a house of cards, one blow from caving in.” ~ Katy Perry
  50. “…Drifting downstream in a row boat doesn’t count against your life span.” ~ James Patterson

  51. “If I’m improvising and I’m not doing well it’s because I’m not listening very well. Either I’m overly concerned with something or I’m drifting or maybe I’m too stoned but I’m not getting a clear signal.” ~ Reggie Watts
  52. “We’re all nothing but unified arrangements of atoms and particles, drifting around, enjoying consciousness every now and then for a second or so before splitting up to become bits and pieces of trees and stars and french fries.” ~ Alan Dean Foster
  53. “When in still air and still in summertime
    A leaf has had enough of this, it seems
    To make up its mind to go; fine as a sage
    Its drifting in detachment down the road.” ~ Howard Nemerov
  54. “I’m one-hundred-fifty miles off Cape Horn, both autopilots are broken, and my boat is drifting toward one of the nastiest chunks of ocean on the face of the earth.” ~ Abby Sunderland

  55. “The sea is masculine, the type of active strength. Look, what egg-shells are drifting all over it, each one, like ours, filled with men in ecstasies of terror, alternating with cockney conceit, as the sea is rough or smooth. Is this sad-colored circle an eternal cemetery?” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  56. “Didn’t you tie the mittens on her feet (Wednesday Evening’s) extra special nice? Yes–she is an extra special nice pigeon. She cries for pity when she wants pity. And she shuts her eyes when she doesn’t want to look at you. And if you look deep in her eyes when her eyes are open you will see lights there exactly like the lights on the pastures and the meadows when the mist is drifting on a Wednesday evening just between the twilight and gloaming.” ~ Carl Sandburg
  57. “Now you see,’ said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, ‘why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.” ~ Amy Tan
  58. “Drifting off to sleep, I thought about her. How nobody is perfect. How you just have to close your eyes and breathe out and let the puzzle of the human heart be what it is.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

  59. “My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you’re floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person’s eyes. They’re connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.” ~ Wendelin Van Draanen
  60. “A person cannot coast along in old destructive habits year after year and accept whatever comes along. A person must stand up on her own two legs and walk. Get off the bus and go get on another. Climb out of the ditch and cross the road. Find the road that s where you want to go. … The only sermon that counts is the one that is formed by our actions. She would quit drinking and thereby show Kyle life is what you make it. A person can grab hold of her life and change things for the better. This happens all the time. We are not chips of wood drifting down the stream of time. We have oars.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  61. “The cats at the edge of the clearing were staring up at the sky, their eyes huge with fear. As he looked upward, Fireheart heard the beating of wings and saw a hawk circling above the trees, its harsh cry drifting on the air. At the same time he realized that one cat had not taken shelter; Snowkit was tumbling and playing in the middle of the open space. “Snowkit!” Speckletail yowled desperately.” ~ Erin Hunter
  62. “If you were drifting with a thousand other people, could you really still say you were lost?” ~ Jodi Picoult

  63. “There were two now where they had been three. David’s death had dismantled the triangle, and an enclosed space was now open. Two points are unreliable; with nothing to anchor them, there is nothing to stop them drifting in opposite directions. If it is string that binds, it will eventually snap and the points will separate; if elastic, they will continue to part, further and further, until the strain reaches its limit and they are pulled back with such speed that they cannot help but collide with devastating force.” ~ Kate Morton
  64. “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our thinking. Thus, we are drifting toward catastrophe beyond conception. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” ~ Albert Einstein
  65. “I stopped wanting to float away from my life, because in the end my life was all I had. I’d walk the Fairmont campus and look up to the sky and I wouldn’t see myself drifting off like some lost balloon. Instead I saw the size of the world and found comfort in its hugeness. I’d think back to those times when I felt like everything was closing in on me, those times when I thought I was stuck, and I realized that I was wrong. There is always hope. The world is vast and meant for wandering. There is always somewhere else to go.” ~ Nick Burd

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