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

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“Civilization, after all, is defined by what we forbid, more than what we permit.” – Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

“If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new way, scratch it out.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“For the soul has no culture. The soul has no nations. The soul has no color or accent or way of life. The soul is forever. The soul is one. And when the heart has its moment of truth and sorrow, the soul can’t be stilled.” – Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

“That was what made traveling so appealing to him-he always made new friends, and he didn’t need to spend all of his time with them. When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“You always wanted to travel! Here’s your chance. Be careful! Travel expands the mind and loosens the bowels.” – Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

“Practice charity without holding in mind any conceptions about charity, for charity after all is just a word.” – Jack Kerouac, Darma Bums

“People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“That’s what the world is like: people talk as if they know everything, but if you dare to ask a question, they don’t know anything.” – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“Pain and suffering are used to justify the one thing that should bring only joy: love.” – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“…money is a funny thing. There’s always more of it somewhere.” – Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road

“Jealousy, like the flawed love that bears it, has no respect for time or space or wisely reasoned argument.” – Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

“We’re beginning to glimpse an alternative kind of experience… moments in our lives that feel different somehow, more intense and inspiring. But we don’t know what this experience is or how to make it last, and when it ends we’re left feeling dissatisfied and restless with a life that seems ordinary again.” – James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

“Do not reach the era of child-rearing and real jobs with a guitar case full of crushing regret for all the things you wished you’d done in your youth. I know too many people who didn’t do those things. They all end up mingy, addled, shrink-wrapped versions of the people they intended to be.” – Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

“We read to know that we are not alone.” – CS Lewis

“Your body is vibrating at a certain level. If you let your energy get too low your body suffers. That is the relationship between stress and disease. Love is the way we keep our vibration up. It keeps us healthy. It is that important.” – James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

“They can’t slow down because they use their routine to distract themselves, to redue life to only its practical considerations. And they do this to avoid recalling how uncertain they are about why they live.” – James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

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  1. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

    Back in 1986, I met Anne Fadiman, Clifton Fadiman’s daughter, at Tintern Monastery in Oakdale, Nebraska. She was researching an article on Fr. Clifford Stevens who founded Tintern Monastery. The article was published in the March 1986 issue of Life Magazine.

    • Ah yes that is one of my favorite travel quotes of all time! Especially when I meet fellow travelers who find it necessary to complain about how hard it was for them to get over a language barrier or something.

      • My husband and I take folks on personalized tours abroad and are astounded when our participants act surprised when countries and cultures don’t “things like WE do (meaning the U.S.) ugh!

  2. I like this one from G.K. Chesterton:

    “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see”

    How true!

    And then of course, there’s this gem from none other than Douglas Adams:

    “It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport'”


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