Saturday 2 July 2022


Most of these I posted before. The second one is the most profound and the truest.

"One travels to think." Mircea Eliade

"One travels to explore ones subconscious mind." Mircea Eliade

"One travels for architecture and food and America has neither." A.J.P. Taylor

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu

"Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels." Nikos Kazantzakis

"Nothing is worth spending money on except books and travel." Alexandra Svet

"Youth – nothing else worth having in the world… and I had youth, the transitory, the fugitive, now, completely and abundantly. Yet what was I going to do with it? Certainly not squander its gold on the commonplace quest for riches and respectability, and then secretly lament the price that had to be paid for these futile ideals. Let those who wish have their respectability —I wanted freedom, freedom to indulge in whatever caprice struck my fancy, freedom to search in the farthermost corners of the Earth for the beautiful, the joyous and the romantic." Richard Halliburton

From Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (Gilliat's and Launder's screenplay):
Charters: If only we hadn't missed that train at Budapest.
Caldicott: Well, I don't want to rub it in, but if you hadn't insisted on standing up until they'd finished their national anthem...
Charters: Yes, but you must show respect, Caldicott. If I'd known it was going to last twenty minutes...
Caldicott: It has always been my contention that the Hungarian Rhapsody is not their national anthem. In any case, we were the only ones standing.

Disraeli in his account of his Albanian journey in the 1830s, spoke of the pleasure, when he was the guest of Ali Pasha, "of being made much of by a man who is daily decapitating half the country".

Paul Theroux’s 3 rules of travel: Travel on the ground — avoiding air travel. Travel alone when possible. Keep notes. That’s it.

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