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Travel Quotes

"It's better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times."
Chinese proverb ancient

"I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything."
Bill Bryson

"The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

"Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation."
Elizabeth Drew

"Tourism soothes, shielding you from the shocks of novelty and menace, confirming your prior view of the world rather than shaking it up. It obliges you not just to behold conventional things but to behold them in the approved conventional way."
Paul Fussell

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

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

"How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way."
Mark Twain

"Walking ten thousand miles of the world is better than reading ten thousand scrolls."
Proverb (Chinese)

"The traveler is active; he goes strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.

The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."

Daniel Boorstin

"Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection."
Lawrence Durrell

"Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own."

"The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for."
Louis L'Amour
1908 - 1988

"Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage."
Regina Nadelson

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings."
Sheikh Saadi

"Let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way."

Several authorial claimants

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."
St. Augustine

"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

"The journey not the arrival matters."
T.S. Eliot

"Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse."
Thomas Fuller

"The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases."
William Hazlitt

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."
Anais Nin

"There is no greater bore than the travel bore."
Vita Sackville-West

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

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Mark Twain

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

"Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience."
Francis Bacon

"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it."
Rosalia de Castro

"Experience, travel - these are education in themselves."
480-406 BC

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

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Lao Tzu
6th century BC

"Explore everything; discover what fate brings you."
Vietnamese proverb

"When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends."
4 BC - 65 AD

"The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist."
Russell Baker

"Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings."
Hodding Carter

"In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge."
Samuel Johnson

"Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking."
Antonio Machado

"When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you."
William Least Heat Moon

"You always carry your destiny around your neck, wherever you travel."
Bedouin proverb

"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."
4 BC - 65 AD

"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."
Henry David Thoreau

"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."

Gilbert K. Chesterton

"The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them."
Amelia Barr

"He who would travel happily must travel light."
Antoine de St. Exupery

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."
Ernest Hemingway

"The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore."
Ferdinand Magellan

"Some roads aren't meant to be traveled alone."
Chinese proverb

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

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost."
J. R. R. Tolkien

"Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people."
Mark Twain

"Two roads diverged in a woods, and I --- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost

"I have wandered all my life, and I also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment."
Hilaire Belloc

"One knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time."
Paul Fussel

"Ah, if I had known this was my last time here I would have stayed a little longer - savored it a little more."
Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

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

"Only he that has journeyed the road knows where the holes are deep"
Chinese proverb

"I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within."
Lillian Smith

"Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge."
Henry Tuckerman

"If an ass goes a-traveling, he'll not come home a horse."
Thomas Fuller

"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."
Yogi Berra

"One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy."
Richard Burton

"Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of food, your closet full of clothes - with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That's not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating."
Michael Crichton

"Some minds improve by travel, others, rather, resemble copper wire, or brass, which get the narrower by going farther."
Thomas Hood

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

"The journey is the reward."
Chinese proverb

"A passport shows government officials who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly."
Daniel Handler
(Lemony Snicket)

"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

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

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."
Lao Tzu
6th century BC

"A vacation has three stages: the anticipation, the execution, and the recollection."
Mary Miller

"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled."

"The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them."
Agnes Repplier

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

"Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter."
Izaak Walton

"No one realizes how wonderful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."
Lin Yutang

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

"The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events."
Daniel Boorstin

"Travelers never think that they are the foreigners."
Mason Cooley

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

"Pleasant company on the road is the shortest cut."
Italian proverb

"Travel is glamorous only in retrospect."
Paul Theroux

"Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself."
Walt Whitman

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

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
Henry Boye

"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."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

"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

"And the ideal travel writer is consumed not just with a will to know. He is also moved by a powerful will to teach."
Paul Fussell

"Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see."
Samuel Johnson

"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it."
George Moore

"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."
John Steinbeck

"If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport."
George Winters

"If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel."
Will Kommen

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

"The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists."
Sam Ewing

"Anyone telling about his travels must be a liar, ... for if a traveler doesn't visit his narrative with the spirit and techniques of fiction, no one will want to hear it."
Paul Fussell

"A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place."

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

"To see once is worth more than hearing a hundred times."
West African proverb

"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
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