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Quotes about Travel

Lorelle has been collecting quotes since she first began to read, and has quite a collection. We have incorporated the most appropriate quotes from her collection and research into our pages where appropriate and enjoyable. We’ve had a lot of requests to share these, so we’ve gathered them together in a series of pages for you to peruse. The quotes from within our pages cover nature and photography, travel, and life in general. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
George Eliot

Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with the experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we have believed to be the right and only way.
— Ralph Crawshaw

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Marie Curie

Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
Clarence Day

We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing.
Henry David Thoreau

It was a good place for getting lost in, a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outward, until after many years, it defined itself into a jumble of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown…
V S Naipaul In “An Area of Darkness,” by Andre, Deutsch, 1964.

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

Luzit Caves, Israel, photo by Brent VanFossenA wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the thousands of breasts there is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it.
Charles Dickens

The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.
Sam Ewing In “Readers’ Digest.”

One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.
Benjamin Disraeli

The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) Spanish poet, dramatist

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.
Elizabeth Drew

There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, ‘Anywhere but here.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who travel are always fugitives.
Daphne DuMaurier

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Our instructed vagrancy, which has hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans which is nourished on books of travel, and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi.
George Eliot

A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.
Isabelle Eberhardt

Bee Eater, Israel, photo by Brent VanFossenWe shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have plans.
Sister Emerita

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not much an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Edward Gibbon, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz

You are in the driver’s seat of your life and can point your life down any road you want to travel. You can go as fast or as slow as you want to go…. and you can change the road you’re on at any time.
Jinger Heath, President of Beauticontrol, US business executive

Arabic tombstone, Istanbul, photo by Lorelle VanFossenYou define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you’re grateful.
Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius–and a lot of courage–to move in the opposite direction.
Ernst F. Schumacher

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

Beware of the person who can’t be bothered by details.
William Feather, Sr.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness – all foes to real understanding. Likewise, tolerance or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Mark Twain

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.
Saint Augustine (354-430) Roman religious figure

Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!,
Derwood Fincher

Travel teaches toleration.
Benjamin Disraeli, Contarini Fleming

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Way to Freedom

Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.
Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857) Russian-French

Next week there can’t be any crisis. My schedule is already full.
Henry Kissinger

Forest road in fall, Alaska, photo by Brent VanFossenOne that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
Thomas Fuller

If an ass goes travelling he will not come home a horse.
Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia

He who would be friends with God must remain alone or make the whole world his friend.
Mahatma Gandhi

Whoever wants to see a brick must look at its pores, and must keep his eyes close to it. But whoever wants to see a cathedral cannot see it as he sees a brick. This demands a respect for distance.
Jose Ortega y Gasset

The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
Oscar Wilde

The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh

He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices.
Pamela Goldoni

The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not “to have and to hold” but “to give and serve.” There can be no other meaning.
Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell

Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Dag Hammarskjold

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
Dag Hammarskjold

Some people make things happen, some watch while things happen, and some wonder ‘What happened?’

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Susan Heller

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.
Joseph Heller

Texas road in spring, photo by Brent VanFossenThe world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.
Robert Fulghum

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Ernest Hemingway

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity
Eric Hoffer

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are going.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Texas Wildflowers, photo by Brent VanFossenIf I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say: meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it, and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Grant me the Serenity to prioritize things I cannot delegate, the Courage to say No when I need to, and the Wisdom to know when to go home.

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.
Kin Hubbard

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.
Aldous Huxley

Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.
Thomas Fuller, The Holy and the Profane States: Of Traveling

Only those who attempt the absurd achieve the impossible.

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place
Washington Irving

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.
Isadora Duncan

Ay, now am I in Arden; the more fool I: when I was at home, I was in a better place: but travellers must be content.
William Shakespeare,As You Like It

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
William James

To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
Sir James Jeans

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Samuel Johnson

Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
E. Joseph Cossman

Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.
Italo Calvino (1923-1985) Italian journalist

He who travels west travels not only with the sun but with history.
Hal Borland (1900-1978) US journalist

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that traveleth into a country, before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
Francis Bacon, Essays: Of travel

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
Whitney Young, Jr.

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

Gulls on the Kinneret, Israel, photo by Lorelle VanFossenLife is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Be assured that if you knew all, you would pardon all.
Thomas Kempis

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.
George Moore (1852-1933) Irish author, poet, dramatist “The Brook Kerith.”

My purposes are the geography that marks out my line of travel toward the person I want to be.
Alice Koller

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
Henry Kissinger

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.
Charles Kuralt

Rail travel at high speeds is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.
Dionysius Lardner

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.
Tommy Lasorda

A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.
Nigerian Proverb

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
Ursula K. LeGuin

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula K. LeGuin

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
Regina Nadelson In ‘European Travel and Life.’

In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
Samuel Johnson, in Boswell’s Life

One can never pay in gratitude, one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Green Peppers, Carmel Market, Tel Aviv, Israel, photo by Lorelle VanFossenTotal freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
Shirley MacLaine

Of journeying the benefits are many: The freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners.

I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author spectacles can see them as they are…
Harriet Martineau

In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.
Frantz Fannon (1925-1961) “Black Skins, White Masks”

Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.
John Galt, in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged:

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville

He travels safest in dark night who travels lightest.
Hernando Cortez, in Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.

If you have any notion of where you are going, you will never get anywhere.
Joan Miro

You know that it never has been easy Whether you do or do not resign, Whether you travel the breadth of the extremities Or stick to some straighter line.
Joni Mitchell

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but, after a while, knows something.
Wilson Mizner

I’ve traveled more this year than any other living human being, and if I’d traveled any more I wouldn’t be living.
Walter F. Mondale

When I am… traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

No one’s going to be able to operate without a grounding in the basic sciences. Language would be helpful, although English is becoming increasingly international. And travel. You have to have a global attitude.
Rupert Murdoch

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain. Either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The world is his who has money to go over it.
Emerson, Conduct of Life

Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind, and a step that travels unlimited roads.
John Galt, in Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Albert Einstein

If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
Henry Miller (1891-1980) US novelist

It would be nice to travel if you knew where you were going and where you would live at the end or do we ever know, do we ever live where we live, we’re always in other places, lost, like sheep.
Janet Frame, New Zealander novelist,

Parrot, Florida, photo by Brent VanFossenAspects of life here, civility, courtesy, and coziness, have always bound Britons to their country… They are part of the British myth, along with lovely countryside, dogs and horses, rose gardens, the Armada, the Battle of Britain.
R. W. Apple, Jr. US journalist In NY Times,1985

I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.
Henny Youngman

Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
Georgia O’Keefe

Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there’s an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) US novelist Travels With Charley: in Search of America”

Look to this day…for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision…but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards, make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

He travels best that knows when to return.
Middleton, The Old Law

To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929) US sociologist Human Nature and the Social Order

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out.
Satchel Paige

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
Jack Penn

If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn

Modern Americans travel light, with little philosophic baggage other than a fervent belief in their right to the pursuit of happiness.
George Will, US journalist, TV personality

Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name.
Alice Meynell (1847-1922) English poet

Entrance to Petra, Jordan, photo by Brent VanFossenGood sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.
Cesare Lombroso (1836-1909) Italian criminologist/physician

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.
Moslih Eddin Saadi (1184-1291) Persian poet

What one has not experienced one will never understand in print.
Isadora Duncan

No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby-so helpless and so ridiculous.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1833

Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and an eventual extinction.
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) French painter, sculptor, printmaker

Go far–too far you cannot, still the farther. The more experience finds you: and go sparing– One meal a week will serve you, and one suit, Through all your travels; for you’ll find it certain The poorer and the baser you appear, The more you look through still.
John Fletcher, The Woman’s Prize

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.
Chinese proverb

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

We do not walk on our legs, but on our Will.
Sufi proverb

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.
Robert Quillen

Lace, Rhodos, Greece, photo by Lorelle VanFossenAll you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it–walk!,
Ayn Rand

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
Daniel L. Reardon

I never practice, I always play.
Wanda Landowska, internationally recorded keyboardist

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
Dan Rather ‘I Remember.’

A gentleman ought to travel abroad, but dwell at home.
Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia

Assume nothing. Pursue everything.
Kevin Riper

Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.
Jan Myrdal, The Silk Road

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
-John D. Rockefeller

Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.
Will Rogers

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad things you did do–well, that’s memoirs.
Will Rogers

It ain’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, It’s what we know that ain’t so.
Will Rogers

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Will Rogers

The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what’s there: all of it.
Richard Rohr

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Eleanor Roosevelt

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Pamela Goldoni

Have you considered that if you ‘don’t make waves’ nobody including yourself will know that you are alive?,
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck

One of these days in your travels a guy is going to come up to you and show you a nice brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken, and this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the Jack of Spades jump out of the deck and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not bet this man, for as sure as you stand there, you are going to end up with an earful of cider.
Damon Runyon

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Russell

Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
William S. Burroughs

Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.
J. D. Salinger

It’s all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory.
French management saying

Travellers, like poets, are mostly an angry race.
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) English scholar

The tendency of an event to occur varies inversely with one’s preparation for it.
David Searles

It is no longer good enough to cry Peace. We must act Peace, live Peace, and march in Peace in alliance with the people of the world.
Tadohado Chief Leon Shenandoah Haudenosaunee

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
E. B. White, One Man’s Meat

…the more the soul knows, the more she loves, and loving much, she tastes much.
St. Catherine of Siena

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

The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.

He did not care in which direction the car was travelling, so long as he remained in the driver’s seat.
William Maxwell Beaverbrook (1879-1964) English publisher, statesman

Paris Opera House, photo by Brent VanFossenIf I had my life to live over I’d like to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual trouble, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter that I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds, I would pick more daisies.
Nadine Stair

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.
Hazlitt, Table-Talk

Gosh that takes me back… or is it forward? That’s the trouble with time travel, you never can tell.
Doctor Who, The Androids of Tara

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong Kong.
Vita Sackville-West, Passage to Teheran

I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value.
Christopher Fry, from The Lady’s Not for Burning, I

Garden of the Gods, Colorado, photo by Brent VanFossen…et eunt homines mirari alta montium, et ingentes fluctus maris, et latissimos lapsus fluminum, et Oceani ambitum, et gyros siderum, et relinquunt se ipsos,… And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by…
St. Augustine The Confessions

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.
Calvin Coolidge

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Theresa

Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.
Paul Theroux

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Kahlil Gibran, ‘mirrors of the Soul’

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
Henry David Thoreau

Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.
Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
Henry David Thoreau

There’s an alternative. There’s always a third way, and it’s not a combination of the other two ways–it’s a different way.
David Carradine

He who is only a traveler learns things at second-hand and by the halves, and is poor authority. We are most interested when science reports what those men already know practically or instinctively, for that alone is a true humanity…
Henry David Thoreau

Sincerity is like traveling on a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey’s end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.
John Tillotson

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
Eugene Ionesco

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Max Eastman

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that traveleth into a country, before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
Francis Bacon, Essays: Of travel

While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
Anne Tyler

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

Lorelle gets inspected by a deer, Hurricane Ridge, Washington, photo by Brent VanFossenEveryone wants to understand painting. Why don’t they try to understand the song of the birds? Why do they love a night, a flower, everything which surrounds man, without attempting to understand them? Whereas where painting is concerned, they want to understand.
Pablo Picasso

It is somehow reassuring to discover that the word “travel” is derived from “travail,” denoting the pains of childbirth.
Jessica Mitford (1917-1996) English-USA

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your own way.
Danielle Vare

He who has travelled alone can tell what he likes.
Rwandan proverb

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Denis Waitley

Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea.
Wei Wu Wei

Our way is not soft grass, it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun.
Ruth Westheimer

If I traveled to the end of the rainbow As Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me The pot’s at the other end.
Bert Whitney

Duane Hansen photographs tulips, Mt. Vernon, Washington, photo by Lorelle VanFossenExperience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
Oscar Wilde

The only people flying to Europe will be terrorists, so it will be, “Will you be sitting in armed or unarmed?,
Robin Williams

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Woodrow Wilson

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death!
Earl Wilson

Some minds improve by travel, others, rather, Resemble copper wire, or brass, Which get the narrower by going farther.
Thomas Hood, Ode to Rae Wilson

Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.
Kipling, The Winners

The toughest opponent of all is Old Man Par. He’s a patient soul who never shoots a birdie and never incurs a bogey. And if you would travel the long road with him, you must be patient, too.
Bobby Jones (1902-1971) US golfer In “The Golfer’s Book of Wisdom”

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Conduct is more convincing than language.
John Woolman

The youth who daily farther from the east, Must travel, still is Nature’s priest, And by the vision splendid Is on his way attended: At length the man perceives it die away, And fade into the light of common day.
William Wordsworth

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
Robert Orben, US editor/writer

Camel at Petra, Jordan, photo by Brent VanFossenHome is not where you live, but where they understand you.
Christian Morgenstern

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
Lin Yutang

Sometimes, the road is less traveled for a reason.

Heaven has a road, but no one travels it; Hell has no gate but men will dig to get there.
Chinese Proverb

A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing.
Thomas Nashe, Works

Travel is a foretaste of hell.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

The journey is difficult, immerse. We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.
Loren Eiseley

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.
Martha Gellman

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

I haven’t a clue as to how my story will end. But that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don’t conclude that the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?

Road through Alaska, photo by Lorelle VanFossenWe seldom know our biggest lessons while they’re taking place; our experience of that time is usually confusion, pain and/or discomfort. Like travel, the most exotic lands with the most amazing scenery sometimes means sleeping in tents 200 miles from the nearest toilet. It’s when we get back home that we remember the magnificent vistas. As Williams Burroughs explained, There are certain things human beings are not permitted to know – like what we’re doing.
John-Roger and Peter McWilliams, Life 101

…I could accept this openness, glasnost, perestroika, or whatever you want to call it if they did these things: abolish the one party system; open the Soviet frontier and allow Soviet people to travel freely; allow the Soviet people to have real free enterprise; allow Western businessmen to do business there, and permit freedom of speech and of the press. But so far, the whole country is like a concentration camp. The barbed wire on the fence around the Soviet Union is to keep people inside, in the dark. This openness that you are seeing, all these changes, are cosmetic and they have been designed to impress shortsighted, naive, sometimes stupid Western leaders. These leaders gush over Gorbachev, hoping to do business with the Soviet Union or appease it. He will say: “Yes, we can do business!” This while his military machine in Afghanistan has killed over a million people out of a population of 17 million. Can you imagine that?
Victor Belenko, MiG-25 fighter pilot who defected in 1976 “Defense Electronics”, Vol 20, No. 6, pg. 110

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) US novelist “Travels With Charley: in Search of America,” pt. 1, 1961.

Love your neighbors as yourselves, to Obey the command of God. Value their well-being as your own, since Even the unlikable deserve God’s love…and yours.
paraphrase from Romans 13:8-14

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.
Socrates, in Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy

Mailboxes in Texas, photo by Lorelle VanFossenTraveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.
George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)

Woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.
Susan Brownell Anthony, 1871

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures on the tablet of memory into strong relief.
Henry Tuckerman (1813-1871)

I always think that the most delightful thing about traveling is to always be running into Americans and to always feel at home.
Anita Loos (1893-1981) US screenwriter, dramatist, author “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” 1925.

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two is this we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Travel in foreign lands breaks speech habits and makes you blab less, and breaks the habitual space-feeling because of different village plans and landscapes. It’s less important that there are different mores, for you counteract these with your own…
Paul Goodman (1911-1972)

Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.
Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957)

Red-shouldered Hawk, photo by Brent VanFossenThe blue-rinse warbler and her horn-rimmed mate are rare and overdue this year.
Alan Brien, English novelist, journalist, critic On annual migration of Americans to Great Britain, London “Sunday Times,” 21 Jul 1974.

One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly.
Edward C. Steadman

If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.
Will Kommen In “1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said,” 1988.

Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.
Ralph Crawshaw In “Readers’ Digest,” Jun 1990.

To the untraveled, territory other than their own familiar heath is invariably fascinating. Next to love it is the one thing that solaces and delights.
Theodore Dreiser In “Readers’ Digest,” Sept 1994.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Diane Ackerman

A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately.
Eleanor Robson Belmont (1879-1979) English-USA actor

Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
Douglas Adams

The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack.
George Ade

Love of country is like love of woman–he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.
Felix Adler

Incipe, parve puer: qui non risere matrem, Nec deus hunc mensa, ea nec dignata cubili est.” (Begin, baby: if you haven’t a smile for your mother, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.)
Virgil, Aeneid

Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor. Vectatio, iterque, et mutata regio vigorem dabunt.
Seneca, De Tranquillitate

The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.
Fred Allen

Far away up there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Ancient homes in Dubrovnik, Croatia, photo by Lorelle VanFossenIt is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one’s hat keeps blowing off.
Woody Allen

And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain. I’ll state my case of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.
Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), My Way by Claude Fancois, Jacques Revaux and Paul Anka

An apology is the superglue of life: it can repair just about anything.
Lynn Johnston

Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase–that’s what wild geese are for.

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
St. Francis of Assisi

Each of us has a spark of life inside USA, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.
Kenny Ausubel

Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.
Eudora Welty US author

No matter how far you’ve gone down the wrong road, turn back.
Turkish proverb

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
G. K. Chesterton

The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn…. spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end… earth scents and the sky winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul.
Monica Baldwin

The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.
Muhammad Yunus, Director, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about–the more you have left when anything happens.
Ethel Barrymore

You know what I like best about looking at the stars? Not the stars themselves, but all those empty spaces between the stars. That’s where I can imagine traveling for ever and ever. That’s where I can imagine infinity.
–T.A. Barron

Let us face a pluralistic world in which there are no universal churches, no single remedy for all diseases, no one way to teach or write or sing, no magic diet, no world poets, and no chosen races, but only the wretched and wonderfully diversified human race.
Jacques Barzun

Tel Aviv street, photo by Lorelle VanFossenWherever we go, across the Pacific or Atlantic, we meet, not similarity so much as ‘the bizarre.’ Things astonish USA, when we travel, that surprise nobody else.
Miriam Beard

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard

I have recently been all round the world and have formed a very poor opinion of it.
Thomas Beecham

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.
Jim Beggs

Robert Benchley

You can plan events. But if they go according to your plan, they are not Events.
John Berger

I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.
Sarah Bernhardt

PILGRIM, n. A traveler that is taken seriously. A Pilgrim Father was one who [was] not permitted to sing psalms through his nose [in Europe], followed it to Massachusetts, where he could personate God according to the dictates of his conscience.
Ambrose Bierce

Two great talkers will not travel far together.
George Borrow

It’s easier to find a traveling companion than to get rid of one.
Peg Bracken

Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of lostness.
Ray Bradbury

Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for: it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryant

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.
Fanny Burney

Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.
John Burroughs

There are those who travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet they are the same. The success has this over his rivals: He knows where he is going.
Mark Caine

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey

Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing, with the result we do nothing. The way to get ahead is to start now. While many of us are waiting until conditions are ‘just right’ before we go ahead, others are stumbling along, fortunately ignorant of the dangers that beset them. By the time we are, in our superior wisdom, decided to make a start, we discover that those who have gone fearlessly on before, have, in their blundering way, traveled a considerable distance. If you start now, you will know a lot next year that you don’t know now, and that you will not know next year, if you wait.
The William Feather Magazine:

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.
Thomas Carlyle

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
Willa Cather

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.
Lewis Carroll

There is change by necessity or adaptation, and there is contrived change or novelty.
Wendell Berry on kinds of cultural change

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
G. K. Chasterton

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
G. K. Chesterton

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it.
Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.

If you don’t know where you’re going, you will wind up somewhere else.
Yogi Berra

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  • […] I guess this post is a reminder, if only to me, that there is nothing less glamorous in taking the world a piece at a time and really sitting with the culture of a place until it means something to you. And there is nothing less adventurous in crossing the Tasman instead of the Atlantic. As Irish author George Moore once said, ”A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it‘. […]