- The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
- Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in thee.
- Somewhere down the road there will be answers to the questions. Somewhere down the road though we can not see it now, somewhere down the road we will find mighty arms reaching for us, and they will hold the answers at the end of the road.
- As you journey through life, choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there. Avoid the shortcuts... wander the back roads... enjoy the scenery. And remember that the true worth of your travels lies not in the destination but in who you come to be along the way.
- People say you have to travel to see the world. Sometimes I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you’re going to see just about all that you can handle. “Smoke”
Mary Catherine Bateson
- We do not need to understand other people and their customs fully to interact with them and learn in the process; it is making the effort to interact without knowing all the rules, improvising certain situations, that allows us to grow. “Peripheral Visions”
- The “danger” of vagabonding resides in having your eyes opened – in discovering the world as it really is. “Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa”
- To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love.
- The most perfect way of seeking God, and the most suitable order, is not for us to attempt with bold curiosity to penetrate to the investigation of His essence, which we ought more to adore than meticulously to search out, but for us to contemplate Him in His works, whereby He renders Himself near and familiar to us, and in some manner communicates Himself.
- People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. “The Power of Myth”
- Here is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space by a God who is a Father, and that if you present yourself to it as he does --unarmed and full of peace-- creation will recognize you and meet you with a smile.
- The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it…
G. K. Chesterton
- Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. "He that will lose his life, the same shall save it," is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. The paradox is the whole principle of courage, even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to live, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.
Charles Caleb Colton
- Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own countrymen, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untraveled minds. “Lacon”
- Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we sense them. The least we can do is try to be there. "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"
- We are here on the planet only once, and might as well get a feel for the place. "In the Jungle"
- God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
- No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
T. S. Eliot
- And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. “Little Gidding”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. “Self-Reliance”
- We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
- But the traveler’s world is not the ordinary one, for travel itself, even the most commonplace, is an implicit quest for anomaly. “Abroad”
- Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves....we can keep ourselves so busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many people and cover so much ground that we never have time to probe the fearful and wonderful world within..By middle life most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.
- You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Travel is the best way we have of rescuing the humanity of places, and saving them from abstraction and ideology. “Why we Travel”
- The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they really are. “Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson”
- Luxury, then, is a way of being ignorant, comfortably. “Political Poem”
- There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost.
- Leaving home is a kind of forgiveness, and when you get among strangers, you’re amazed at how decent they seem. Nobody smirks at you or gossips about you, nobody resents your successes or relishes your defeats. You get to start over, a sort of redemption. “Leaving Home”
- To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
- All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality.
- Make your choice, adventurous Stranger;
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had.
- If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
- The important thing is to start, to lay a plan and then follow it step-by-step no matter how small or large each step by itself may seem.
- Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking. “Cantores”
- What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous...
- We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.
- The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
- Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestionably. Everything… we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realize it as such.
- As soon as we take one thing by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the universe.
- I don’t want to hurry it. That attitude itself is a poisonous twentieth-century attitude. When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
- One of the initial impediments to open-mindedness is not ignorance but ideology.
- We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment no matter what. “The Philosophy of Travel”
- The art of learning fundamental common values is perhaps the greatest gain of travel to those who wish to live at ease with their fellows. “Perseus in the Wind”
- Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity…no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. “Travels with Charley”
- We are all pilgrims on our own quests, like it or not…The structure of life is so.
- We love the familiar. We love the comfortable. We love something we can control - something we can get our arms around. Yet the closer we walk with the Lord, the less control we have over our own lives, and the more we must abandon to Him. To give Him our wills and to align our wills to His requires the abandonment of what we prefer, what we want, or what we would choose.
- The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.
- If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- Man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
- If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- It is fatal to know too much at the outset: boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is overcertain of his plot. “To the Ends of the Earth”
- What I find is that you can do almost anything or go almost anywhere, if you’re not in a hurry. “The Happy Isles of Oceania”
- All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. "The Fellowship of the Ring"
- A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving. “The Way of Life”
- To see nothing anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it,
To conceive no time, however distant, but what you may reach it and pass it,
To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you,
To know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for traveling souls. “Song of the Open Road”