Quote Stones

Out for a walk in downtown Johnson City? Don’t forget to look down! You’ll find quote stones scattered throughout the area.

These stones with engraved quotes provide their viewers a brief moment of reflection as they pass by locations where the stones are embedded in the sidewalk. The first stones were installed at each of the entrances to Founders Park, and two more were located at the intersection of Commerce and Main Streets and Commerce and Market Streets. The program has recently expanded along Main Street, offering visitors a “quote walk” in which they can travel from point A to point B in search of all the current quote stones. The quotes relate to various themes, ranging from art-related expressions to interpretations of life in general.


Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb

Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art. – Phillip James Bailey

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. – John UpDike

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. – Samuel Ullman

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

Life presents many choices. The choices we make determine our future. – Catherine Pulsifer

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. – Albert Einstein

The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow. – Kurt Vonnegut

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. – George Bernard Shaw

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. – Isaac Bruce

The noblest art is that of making others happy. – P.T. Barnum