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Quotes that Inspire Travel Part 27


This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday is all about travel quotes!

“Travel is the realm of the impossible adventures, the quick fix, the ship passing in the night.  It entitles you to meet interesting people, whom you would never meet, even if you laid traps or advertised for them.  Not only do you met them, but you also unmeet them, all in the space of, it often seems, a mere compacted evening.  As there is so little time, bodies in motion drop their guard and immediately get on with their stories.  Then the proverbial ships part, each to its destination, never again to brush each other’s wake.”

-Lawrence Millman-


“The need to travel is a mysterious force.  A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay home.  An equal and opposite thermodynamic principle.  When I travel, I think of home and what it means.  At home I’m dreaming of catching trains at night in the grey light of Old Europe or pushing shutters open to see Florence awaken.  The balance just lightly tips in the direction of the airport.”

-Frances Mayes-


“… but I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along.  Every bump, rise, and stretch in it mystified my longing.”

-Jack Kerouac- 


“A journey, after all neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our doorstep once again.  It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical stand still.  Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel and the disease is essentially incurable.”

-Ryszard Kapuscinski-


“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing lawn.  Climb that goddamn mountain.”

-Jack Kerouac- 


“It is not fit that every man should travel, it makes a wise man better and a fool worse.”

-William Hazlitt- 


“Traveling is the great true love of my life.  I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen-years-old and first went to Russia with my saved up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.  I am loyal and consistent in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant with other loves.  I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby- I just don’t care what it puts me through.  Because I adore it.  Because it’s mine.  Because it looks exactly like me.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert-


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



“[The traveler] may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates.  In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be to teach him good humored patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence… Traveling ought also teach him distrust, but at the same time he will discover how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will, have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance.”

-Charles Darwin-


Have a great week, and please share any quotes that have inspired you to travel!

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