Notes and Notions on Travel

....life is short and the world is wide
Simon Raven

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in....
D. H. Lawrence

...If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.
Paul Bowles

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

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

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

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

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

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

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

This was the moment I longed for every day. Settling at a heavy inn-table, thawing and tingling, with wine, bread, and cheese handy and my papers, books and diary all laid out; writing up the day's doings, hunting for words in the dictionary, drawing, struggling with verses, or merely subsiding in a vacuous and contented trance while the snow thawed off my boots.
Patrick Leigh Fermor

There are only three things which make life worth living: to be writing a tolerably good book, to be in a dinner party of six, and to be travelling south with someone whom your conscience permits you to love.
Cyril Connolly

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

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad
George Bernard Shaw

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

“What place would you advise me to visit now?” he asked. “The planet Earth,” replied the geographer. “It has a good reputation.”
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Too often...I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
Louis L'Amour

...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

Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life's recollections.
Augustus Hare

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Oscar Wilde

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
John B. Priestly

It is far easier to travel that to write about it.
David Livingstone

....and performing our one and noble function of the time, move.
Jack Kerouac

..It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places.
Paul Theroux

...wherever one is, some part of oneself remains on another continent.
Dame Margot Fonteyn

...Destination is merely a byproduct of the journey.
Eric Hansen

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber

....He won’t fly on the Balinese airline, Garuda, because he won’t fly on any airline where the pilots believe in reincarnation.
Spalding Gray

The map is not the territory.
Alfred Korzybski

It is not down in any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville

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

Jet lag is for amateurs.
Dick Clark

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.
John Muir

The skies and land are so enormous, the detail so precise and exquisite, that wherever you are you are isolated in a glowing...and the clocks stopped long ago.
Ansel Adams

Only the river is free, always changing but always the same...
Raymond Sokolov

The first experience can never be repeated. The first love, the first sun-rise, the first South Sea Island, are memories apart, and touched a virginity of sense.
Robert Louis Stevenson

...the grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home.
Paul Theroux

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli

There is nothing like a comfortable adventure to put people in a good humor....
Peter Mayle

It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
Soren Kierkegaard

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
Jack Kerouac

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
Susan Sontag

*Floaty pen from the private collection of Cynthia Fontayne

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