Looking for beautiful quotes about Indonesia? This gorgeous country inspires thousands of tourists every year, not to mention novelists, historians, and travel writers over the past centuries. Whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or Indonesia Instagram captions, here are my favorite Indonesia quotes.
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Indonesia Travel Quotes & Quotes by Famous Indonesians
Here are my favorite Indonesia quotes. Some are by Indonesian authors, while others are from travel memoirs and novels set in Indonesia. While some address the country directly, others are more abstract.
If you have any more Indonesia quotes that you love, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I’ll add them to the list!
Indonesia’s diversity is formidable: some thirteen and a half thousand islands, two hundred and fifty million people, around three hundred and sixty ethnic groups, and more than seven hundred languages. -Pankaj Mishra
When you go somewhere important or you return home from a long journey, you build a shape around you and it reaches out ahead to touch your destination. –
I’d volunteer to go to prison, as long as there are books. Because with books I am free. –
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. –
It had taken me less than six months to learn Indonesia’s language, its customs, and its legends. I had survived chicken pox, measles, and the sting of my teachers’ bamboo switches.
The children of farmers, servants, and low-level bureaucrats had become my best friends, and together we ran the streets morning and night, hustling odd jobs, catching crickets, battling swift kites with razor-sharp lines – the loser watched his kite soar off with the wind, and knew that somewhere other children had formed a long wobbly train, their heads towards the sky, waiting for their prize to land. -Barack Obama
Indonesia has beautiful hikes, surfing, and private beaches. It’s pretty incredible. -Jamie Chung
I was not rescued by a prince; I was the administrator of my own rescue. –
You have to learn to immerse yourself in the silences between. –
Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos. –
That’s how things were, one long adventure, the bounty of a young boy’s life. -Barack Obama
Writing is the only way to change the world without leaving bed. –
Communism was born from a beautiful dream, the likes of which there will never be again on the face of this earth: that there would no longer be lazy men who eat their fill while others work hard and starve. –
I want to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two. It was only later, after admitting this dream, that I noticed the happy coincidence that all these countries begin with the letter I. A fairly auspicious sign, it seemed, on a voyage of self-discovery. –
I came to see that man finds meaning in his existence only through the active demonstration of his human self, a cosmos comprising the entire constellation of life’s factors: culture, civilization, tradition, history, ideals, facts, physical conditions, one’s mental state, the ecology, and so on. –
You need a break every once in a while to enjoy the everyday and you need the everyday to enjoy the break you take every once in a while. –
He said that what we, who pass so swiftly, experience as songs of love or cries of pain are only overtones to a single note in a very much larger harmony. –
[Barack Obama was]…born and raised in Honolulu but had spent four years of his childhood flying kites and catching crickets in Indonesia…He was refreshing, unconventional, and weirdly elegant. -Michelle Obama
On vacation in Indonesia, I ran out of skin-colored zinc, so I used green, and locals called me Hulk. -Jesse Spencer
We are in tune, and given the chance, we do things tunefully. We dance. –
Indonesia has vast region with so many islands, comprises so many ethnics, tongues and cultures that make it so hard to be recognized as a single nation. -T
It’s not that I had more important things to do or that I didn’t want to help with whatever problems were interfering with her students being successful—rather, it’s this horrible truth that life has taught me: misplaced hope is the most devastatingly painful thing you can give someone. –
A gut full of heroin and the looming possibility of bunking in an overcrowded cell in Kerobokan to await my death makes you feel a bit sorry for some of the things you’ve done. –
Both Rick and Amelia were impressed with their graceful movements. The Balinese dance was artistic with great expression. The dancers seemed to be telling a story through their fingers, hands and body gestures, including head and eye movements. It was amazing. Every gesture was elegant. –
People are raised to believe that happiness is the land to which they are destined to travel. But that belief, which one so easily accepts as true, might just as well be a mirage. –
Because Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, hundreds of languages and people from scores of regions and ethnic groups, my time here helped me appreciate the humanity of all people. -Barack Obama
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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Indonesia
The Lonely Planet Indonesia guidebook for your trip. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you arrive or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use an Indonesian sim card and have internet access without relying on local wifi.
Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS system, and general travel genie.
A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for Asian cities because it has many anti-theft features.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for France make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging out in cities (like Paris…ahem) where tourists can be the victims of pickpockets.
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