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TraveLore (outlooks on travel)

The pages of are sprinkled with what I hope to be instructive quotations that pertain more or less to their proximate topics of discussion. But I often come across comments that address travel interests and issues in a broader sense, ones that I consider worth re-reading. So I've collected some of them here.

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"What planet would you advise to me to visit now?" he asked.

"The plant Earth," replied the geographer. "It has a good reputation."

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Not all those who wander are lost.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

— St. Augustine

My favorite thing is to go where I have never been.

— Diane Arbus

The fool who traveled is better off than the wise man who stayed home.

— Rashi

People travel because it teaches them things they could learn no other way.

— Lance Morrow

A day of travelling will bring a basketful of learning.

— Vietnamese proverb

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

— Anonymous

Travel teaches toleration.

— Benjamin Disraeli

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

— Aldous Huxley

When you travel, you are essentially the guest in a foreign country. You are the one with the curious customs.

— Charlotte Ford

Their concern was how to pretend they had never left home. What hotels in Madrid boasted king-size Beauty-rest mattresses? What restaurants in Tokyo offered Sweet 'n' Low? Did Amsterdam have a McDonald's? Did Mexico City have a Taco Bell? Did any place in Rome serve Chef Boyardee ravioli?

— Anne Tyler

Guests at the Hilton hotel are frequently reduced to dialing room service to find out which country they are in.

— John Wells

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.

— Paul Theroux

Make voyages! Attempt them! There is nothing else.

— Tennessee Williams

I have found that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than travel with them.

— Mark Twain

The real joy of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

— Henry Miller

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

— Dalai Lama

Travel like Ghandi, with simple clothes, open eyes, and an uncluttered mind.

— Rick Steves

To set sail somewhere is more important than life itself.

— Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

It is also required of the pilgrim to patiently and discreetly put up with the stupidities and imperfections of his fellow pilgrims and companions.

— Jean Zuallart (16th-century French pilgrim)

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

— Caskie Stinnett

… the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.

— Henry David Thoreau

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

— James A. Michener

To feel at home, stay at home. A foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It's designed to make its own people comfortable.

— Clifton Fadiman

Some travellers think they want to go to foreign places but are dismayed when the places turn out actually to be foreign.

— Margaret Atwood

One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.

— Edith Wharton

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.

— Tim Cahill

You fly off to a strange land, eagerly abandoning all the comforts of home, and then expend vast quantites of time and money in a largely futile attempt to recapture the comforts that you wouldn't have lost if you hadn't left home in the first place.

— Bill Bryson

We see our homeland more clearly when we are away from it than when we are in it.

— Nawal el Saadawi

A third-class carriage is a community, while a first-class carriage is a place of wild hermits.

— G.K. Chesterton

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

— Freya Stark

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

— Susan Sontag

I love to wander around a good store — it knocks the spots off a museum.

— Richard Bissell

I was once asked if I'd like to meet the president of a certain country. I said, "No, but I'd love to meet some sheepherders." The sheepherders, farmers and taxi drivers are often the most interesting people.

— James A. Michener

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

— Lawrence Block

The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.

— Bill Watterson

People don't take trips; trips take people.

— John Steinbeck

They should tell you when you're born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.

— Gabrielle Zevin

There are three things that no one can advise another person for or against. One is marriage, another is waging war, and the third is visiting the Holy Sepulchre. These things often end badly.

— Eberhard, Count of Württemberg (1480)
[on the futility of recommending
destinations to others]

Nothing can match the treasure of common memories …

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry