I still like this three-year-old New York Times New Year’s essay, The Joy of Quiet, by Pico Iyer. (Click the link for the entire essay.)
The urgency of slowing down â€” to find the time and space to think â€” is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to place it in some larger context. â€śDistraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,â€ť the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, â€śand yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.â€ť He also famously remarked that all of manâ€™s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
“The journey is my home.”
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
“Let your memory be your travel bag.”
“Travel penetrates your consciousness, but not in a rational way.”
“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
â€” Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)
A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
— Robert Frost
The shortest path to oneself leads around the world.
— Count Hermann Keyserling
I learn by going where I have to go.
— Theodore Roethke
Thanks to Amy Tsaykel for this quotation.
“To live without roads seemed one way not to get lost. To make maps
of stone and grass, to rub stars together, find a spark.”
— Naomi Shihab Nye
Thanks to Amy Tsaykel for this quotation.
I ain’t takin’ nothin’ that’ll slow down my travelin’…
— Johnny Cash
Do not go where the path may lead,
Go instead where there is no path
And leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks to Gayle Keck for forwarding this quotation:
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.”
— Henry Miller
Thanks to Connie Hale for sending this along: Paul Theroux, early in his career, was plagued by writers block and solicited advice from an older, established novelist. That mentor wrote:
“The essence of the freelance life is freedom. Idleness is part of freedom and should not alarm you: you will find soon enough that you have more than enough on your plate. Relish these periods of rest. To be a freelance it is also necessary to believe, to know, to know profoundly that one is going to be all right-however unlikely it seems at any particular distressing moment. This faith your friends cannot give you; it is something you will have to discover for yourself.”
The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.
October 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Angelou on travel
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
— Maya Angelou
October 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Tolkien on travel
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien
October 14, 2006 | Comments Off on Sontag on travel
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
— Susan Sontag
October 4, 2006 | Comments Off on Stevenson on Travel
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
October 3, 2006 | Comments Off on Kessler on writing
“To be the author of your own life, you have to keep on writing the book.”
— Lauren Kessler
Thanks to Jan Burak Schwert for sending this quotation.
September 10, 2006 | Comments Off on Bumper sticker on travel
Thanks to Andrew Dean Nystrom for sending this travel quotation:
“If it’s called tourist season, why can’t we shoot ’em?”
— Bumper sticker outside a bar in Gardiner, Montana
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Beard on travel
“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
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Machado on travel
“Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking”
— Antonio Machado
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Shakespeare on travel
“Journeys end in lovers meeting.”
— William Shakespeare
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Williams on travel
“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.”
— Tennessee Williams
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Hemingway on travel
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
— Ernest Hemingway
August 19, 2006 | Comments Off on Buber on travel
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
— Martin Buber