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RAMBLINGS: 311 TRAVEL QUOTATIONS

or: Wise Words for Travellers

Here is a growing collection of travel-related quotations. Please Contact Us and use this space to share your favourite quotations.

Barry and Margaret Williamson

Updated January 2016

Ade, George

The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack.

Albani, Emma

I had always loved beautiful and artistic things, though before leaving America I had had a very little chance of seeing any.

Angelou, Maya

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.

Anon If you're not willing to be changed by a place, there's no point in going.

Arbus, Diane

My favourite thing is to go where I've never been.

Augustine, St Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking.

Augustine, St

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.

Augustine, St

Linger not on the way, stray not from your aim. Always strive, always move on, always advance.

Aurelius, Marcus

Time is a river, the resistless flow of all created things. No sooner does one object come into view than it is swept away and another one appears, only to be swept past in turn.

Aurelius, Marcus

I travel the roads of this world until the time comes when I shall be at rest . . . sinking down upon the earth which for so many years has provided my daily food and, though grievously ill-treated, still allows me to walk upon her.

Auster, Paul
Babur To pass from the cold and snow into such a village and its warm houses, on escaping from want and suffering, to find such plenty of good bread and fat sheep as we did, is an enjoyment that can be conceived only by such as have suffered similar hardships, or endured such heavy distress . . . . passing from distress to ease, from suffering to enjoyment.

Bacon, Frances

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

Baldwin, James

I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.

Barr, Amelia E

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

Barry, Dave

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.

Beard, Mirian

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Beecham, Sir Thomas

I have just been all round the world and have formed a very poor opinion of it.

Belloc, Hilaire

I have wandered all my life, and I have travelled; the difference between the two is this -- we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.

Benchley, Horace

In America there are two classes of travel -- first class, and with children.

Berger, John

Ours is the century of enforced travel. . . of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.

Blake, William

Soon as she was gone from me, a traveller came by, silently, invisibly: he took her with a sigh.

Blake, William

Ah, Sun-flower! Weary of time,/ Who countest the steps of the Sun;/ Seeking after that sweet golden clime,/ Where the traveller's journey is done.

Boorstin, Daniel J

The traveller was active; he went 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".

Borges, Jorge Luis

Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face.

Boye, Henry

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

Bradbury, Ray

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.

Browne, Sir Thomas

We carry within us the Wonders we seek without us, there is all Africa and her Prodigies in us.

Bryson, Bill

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travell is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Buber, Martin

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Buddha, Gautama

You cannot travel on the path before you have become the Path itself.

Bumper Sticker

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

Burney, Fanny

Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

Burns, Carl

A child on a farm sees a plane fly by overhead and dreams of a faraway place A traveller on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home.

Burns, Robert

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley.

Burton, Sir Richard After a long and toilsome march, weary of the way, the wanderer drops into the nearest place of rest to become the most domestic of men. But soon the passive fit has passed away; again a paroxysm of ennui coming on by slow degrees, Viator loses appetite, he walks about his room all night, he yawns at conversations, and a book acts upon him as a narcotic. The man wants to wander, and he must do so, or he shall die.

Byron, Lord

Fair Greece! Sad relic of departed worth!

Cahil, Tim

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

Callimachus

More lightly do his sorrows press upon a man, when to a friend or fellow traveller he tells his griefs.

Calvino, Italo

Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did now know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unprocessed places.

Cameron, Scott Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
Capote, Truman

. . . . to really tell about this whole extraordinary culture - in Texas and the Southwest, all the way to California - of aimless wandering, this mobile, uprooted life: the seven-mile-long trailer parks, the motorcycles, the campers, the people who have no addresses, or even last names.

Carlin, George

Kilometres are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometres.

Carroll, Lewis

If you don't know where you are going, it doesn't matter which road you take.

Catallus

What is more blessed than to put cares away, when the mind lays by its burden, and tired with our far travel we have come to our own home and rest on the couch we have longed for?

Charbonneau, Kevin Embrace the detours.

Charles II

Brother, I am too old to go again to my travels.

Chesterton, GK

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

Chesterton, GK

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.

Chinese Book of Odes

Useless to ask a wandering man advice on the construction of a house. The work will never come to completion.

Clark, Glenn

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

From whatever place I write you will expect that part of my 'Travels' will consist of excursions in my own mind.

Colette The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way.

Colette

The true traveller is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.

Conroy, Pat

Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.

Cooley, Mason

Travellers never think that THEY are the foreigners.

Cromwell, Oliver In the meadows of the mind no-one travels so far as he who knows not where he is going.

Cummings, EE

Listen, there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go.

Davies, Sir John We that acquaint ourselves with every Zoane, And pass both Tropikes and behold the Poles; When we come home, are to ourselves unknowne, and unacquainted still with our own Soules.

de Castro, Rosalia

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.

de la Mare, Walter

Is there anybody there?' said the traveller, knocking on the moonlit door.

de St-Exupery, Antoine

He who would travel happily must travel light.

de Vaca, Alvar Nunez Cabeza We ever held it certain that going towards the sunset we would find what we desired.
Defoe, Daniel I went but a little way, and sat down upon the ground, looking out upon the sea, which was just before me, and very calm and smooth. As I sat there, some such thoughts as these occurred to me: What is the earth and the sea, of which I have seen so much? Whence is it produced, and what am I, and all the other creatures, wild and tame, human and brutal? Whence are we?
Deleuze & Guattari The space of nomad thought is qualitatively different from State space. Air against earth. State space is 'striated' or gridded. Movement within it is confined to preset paths between fixed and identifiable points. Nomad space is 'smooth' or open-ended. One can rise up at any point and move to another.
Democritus The wise man's home is the universe.

Desart, Lord

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.

Dewey, John If it is better to travel than to arrive, it is because traveling is a constant arriving, while arrival that precludes further traveling is most easily attained by going to sleep or dying.

Dhammapada

Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.

Dickens, Charles

One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it's left behind.

Disraeli, Benjamin

Travel teaches toleration.

Disraeli. Benjamin

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Donne, John

To live in one land, is captivitie, to runne all countries, a wild roguery.

Drew, Elizabeth

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

Durrell, Lawrence

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will - whatever we may think.

Dylan, Bob

Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!

Eckhart, Meister

The Wayless Way, where the Sons of God lose themselves and, at the same time, find themselves.

Einstein, Albert

I love to travel, But hate to arrive.

Eliot, TS

A cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year for a journey, and such a long journey

Eliot, TS

The journey not the arrival matters.

Eliot, TS

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started – and know the place for the first time.

Eliot, TS

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

Eliot, TS

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Eliot, TS

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.

Elliott, Rambling Jack

Now you are up, now you are over. Make the coming down worth the getting up.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Travel is a fool's paradise. We owe to our first travels the discovery that place is nothing. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self unrelenting, identical, that I fled from . . . My Giant goes with me wherever I go.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise, he voluntarily makes himself a great baby - so helpless and so ridiculous.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Euripedes

Experience, travel - these are as education in themselves.

Fadiman, Clifton

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

Farquhar, George

Captain is a good travelling name, and so I take it.

Fishbean, Morris

A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.

Fitzgerald, Edward

Strange, is it not? That of the myriads who/ before us pass'd the door of darkness through,/ not one returns to tell us of the Road,/ which to discover we must travel too.

Flecker, James Elroy

For lust of knowing what should not be known, we take the Golden Road to Samarkand.

Flecker, James Elroy

Half to forget the wandering and the pain, half to remember the days that have gone by, and dream and dream that I am home again!

Forster, EM

The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women under it.

Foster, Steven

You may wonder, 'How can I leave it all behind if I am just coming back to it? How can I make a new beginning if I simply return to the old?' The answer lies in the return. You will not come back to the 'same old thing.' What you return to has changed because you have changed. Your perceptions will be altered. You will not incorporate into the same body, status, or world you left behind. The river has been flowing while you were gone. Now it does not look like the same river.

France, Anatole

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Franklin, John Hope

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.

Freud, Sigmund

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.

Frost, Robert

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.

Frost, Robert

Miles to go before I sleep; and miles to go before I sleep.

Fry, Christopher

I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value.

Fuchs, Vivian Sir

If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel.

Fuller, Thomas

Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

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

Fussell, Paul

Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience, and the best travellers… seem to be those able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas in their minds at the same time, or able to regard themselves as at once serious persons and clowns.

Fussell, Paul

All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveller learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.

Gidel, Daranna

You lose sight of things...and when you travel, everything balances out.

Goethe, Johan Wolfgang von

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

Goldoni, Carlo

A wise traveller never despises his own country.

Goldsmith, Oliver

In my time, the follies of the town crept slowly among us, but now they travel faster than a stagecoach.

Goodman, Roy M

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.

Hakkarainen, Karl

No vacation goes unpunished.

Hammarskjold, Dag

The longest journey Is the journey inwards.

Hathaway, Katherine Butler

A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.

Hazlitt, William

The soul of the journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.

Hazlitt, William

I should like to spend the whole of my life in travelling abroad, if I could anywhere and borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.

Hazlitt, William

One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey; but I like to go by myself.

Heller, Susan

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

Hemingway, Ernest

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

Herbert, Frank

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.

Herrick, Robert

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: and this same flower that smiles to-day, to-morrow will be dying.

Hershey, Mary Anne

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

Hoffman, Babs

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.

Horace

Not bound to swear allegiance to any master, wherever the wind takes me I travel as a visitor.

Horace

Those who rush across the sea change their skies, not their souls.

Horvath, Attilah

Yes, I get a little weary, gears turning, wheels spinning round,

But I feel like a King sometimes, albeit with a plastic crown.

Freedom and speed and balance, if somebody asks me why,

Deep down inside there's a feeling, it's one you can't quantify.

(from the song 'Ride On' by Attilah Horvath, on his album 'Bike Rock', 2006)

Housman, A. E.

Clay lies still, but blood's a rover / Breath's aware that will not keep. / Up, lad: when the journey's over / there'll be time enough to sleep.

Huxley, Aldous

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.

Huxley, Aldous

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

Johnson, Samuel

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his having not seen what it is expected a man should see. The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean.

Johnson, Samuel

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

Johnson, Samuel

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

Johnson, Samuel

The traveller that resolutely follows a rough and winding path will sooner reach the end of his journey than he that is always changing his direction, and wastes the hour of daylight in looking for smoother ground and shorter passages.

Johnson, Samuel

On the Giant's Causeway: Worth seeing, yes; but not worth going to see.

Juvenal

The traveller with empty pockets will sing in the thief's face.

Kabir Wherever you are is the entry point.

Karolyi, Amy

Stumbling along the boundary between the tolerated and the forbidden, I stand amazed by the world. Even like this it's beautiful, with these half-words, in this half-light, with a lock on the door.

Kavathy, Constantine

When you set out on the voyage to Ithaca, pray that your journey may be long, full of adventures, full of knowledge.

Kavathy, Constantine

You will not meet the Laestrygonians, the Cyclops or fierce Poseideon unless you carry them in your soul, unless your soul sets them in your path.

Kaye, Dena

To travel is to take a journey into yourself.

Kazantzakia, Nikos

Every perfect traveller always creates the country where he travels.

Keats, John

Ever let the fancy roam,/ Pleasure never is at home.

Keats, John

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,/ And many goodly states and kingdoms seen.

Keen, Sam

To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.

Keightley, Alan

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

Keller, Helen

Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.

Kerouac, Jack

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

Kerouac, Jack

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live with, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and then in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes 'AWWW!

Kipling, Rudyard

Now praise the Gods of Time and Chance /That brings a heart's desire, /And lay the joyous roads of France /Once more beneath the tyre.

Kipling, Rudyard

Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, he travels the fastest who travels alone.

Kipling, Rudyard

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Kjar, Nils He who strays discovers new paths.

Kuralt, Charles

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.

Lagerlöf, Selma

It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.

L'Amour, Louis

Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.

Lao Tzu

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lawrence, DH

When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.

LeGuin, Ursula K

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Levi, Carlo

The greatest travellers have not gone beyond the limits of their own world; they have trodden the paths of their own souls.

Lewis, Sinclair

He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.

Lodha, Piyush

Be a Traveller not a Tourist.

Longfellow, Henry

A traveller, by the faithful hound, half-buried in the snow was found.

MacAllen, Micah I had seen a little and knew a lot. Now I've seen a little more and know a lot less.

Machado, Antonio

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

MacLane, Shirley

The more I travelled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

Mansfield, Katherine

Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order.

Manson, Bruce

True freedom is knowing you can leave tomorrow."

Marvell, Andrew

And yonder all before us lie deserts of vast eternity.

Masefield, John

Adventure on, and if ye suffer swear, That the next venturer shall have less to bear; Your way will be retrodden, make it fair!

Masefield, John

It is good to be out on the open road, and going one knows not where. Going through meadow and village, one knows not whither nor why.

Massignham, John

The born traveller – the man (sic) who is without prejudices, who sets out wanting to learn rather than to criticise, which is stimulated by oddity … has always been comparatively rare.

Maugham, Somerset Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people.

Mead, Margaret

As the traveller who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.

Melville, Herman

In this world, shipmates, Sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.

Manson, Bruce

True freedom is knowing you can leave tomorrow.

Michener, James

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

Miller, Henry

One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Milton, John

O thievish Night,/ Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,/ In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars/ That nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps/ with everlasting oil, to give due light/ To the misled and lonely traveller?

Montgomery, Roselle

Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.

Moon, William Least Heat

When you're travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

Moon, William Least Heat

The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.

More, Sir Thomas Though they carry nothing forth with them, yet in all their journey they lack nothing. For wheresoever they come, they be at home.

Moore, George

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

Morganstein, Christian

There is a ghost that eats hankerchiefs; it keeps you company on all your travels.

Mullan, Fitzhugh

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.

Nehru, Jawaharial

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

Olsen, Charles

I take SPACE to be the central fact to a man born in America, from Folsom cave to now. I spell it large because it comes large here. Large and without mercy. Some men ride on such space, others have to fasten themselves like a tent stake to survive.

Ouspensky, PD It's only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.

Pascal

Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.

Pavese, Cesare

Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Peppers, Red Hot Chilli

How could I forget to mention, the bicycle is a good invention.

(from 'The Bicycle Song' on Red Hot Chilli Peppers 'By the Way' album, 2002)

Picasso, Pablo

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pliny  Do only that which is worth writing. Write only that which is worth reading.

Pope John Paul II

Man always travels along precipices... His truest obligation is to keep his balance.

Priestley, JB

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.

Proust, Marcel

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

Proverb

Some roads aren't meant to be travelled alone.

Proverb (Algerian)

It is solved by walking.

Proverb (Arab) Who lives sees much. Who travels sees more.
Proverb (Chinese) Don't listen to what they say. Go see.

Proverb (Chinese)

Only he that has travelled the road knows where the holes are deep.

Proverb (Indian)

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Proverb (Italian)

When you leave the old road for the new, you know what you are losing but not what you will find.

Proverb (Lapland) A keepsake from a journey: a heart that now beats more wisely.

Proverb (Moorish)

He who does not travel does not know the value of men.

Proverb (Nigerian)

A traveller to distant places should make no enemies.

Proverb (Quashgai)

A good horse is a member of the family

Proverb (Spanish)

To live well is the best revenge.

Proverb (Spanish)

Two great talkers will not travel far together.

Proverb (Turkish)

No road is long with good company.

Remarque, EM

We are at rest five miles behind the front.

Rimbaud, Arthur

Writing home from Ethiopia: 'What am I doing here?'

Rosetti, Christina

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.

Rumi

When you're travelling, ask the traveller for advice / not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.

Runes, Dagobert D

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.

Ruskin, John

All travel becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.

Ruskin, John

No changing of place at 100 mph will make us one whit stronger, happier or wiser. There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they see no better for going fast.

Saadi, Moslih Eddin

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.

Sackville-West, Vita

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.

Santayana, George

Before he sets out, the traveller must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.

Sayers, Dorothy L

Nothing is so virtuous as a bicycle. You can't imagine a bicyclist committing a crime, can you?

Seneca

Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigour.

Seneca

Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

Shakespeare, William

Ay, now am I in Arden; the more fool I: when I was at home, I was in a better place; but travellers must be content.

Shakespeare, William

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:/ Now spurs the lated traveller apace/ To gain the timely inn.

Shakespeare, William

Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once.

Shakespeare, William

Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day,/ And make me travel forth without my cloak/ To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,/ Hiding my bravery in their rotten smoke?

Shakespeare, William

Journeys end in lovers meeting.

Shaw, George Bernard

A reasonable man accepts the world as it is. One therefore depends on the unreasonable man to change the world.

Shaw, George Bernard

I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.

Shedd, William A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Shelley, Percy B

Man, who wert once a despot and a slave;/ A dupe and a deceiver; a decay;/ A traveller from the cradle to the grave/ Through the dim light of this immortal day.

Shelley, Percy B

I met a traveller from an antique land who said: two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert.

Simon, Ted

As I think about (distance travelled) I have a sudden and extraordinary flash, something I have never had before and am never able to recapture again. I see the whole of Africa in one single vision, as though illuminated by lightning.

Simon, Ted

I am learning, as I make my way through my first continent, that it is remarkably easy to do things, and much more frightening to contemplate them.

Simpson, John Once we had a planet. Now, at the start of the third Christian millennium, we're left with a suburb.

Smith, Lillian

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.

Sinclair, Iain

An involuntary return to the point of departure is, without doubt, the most disturbing of all journeys.

Socrates Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

Sontag, Susan

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

Stafford, William Leaving the snakeskin of place after place going on - after the trees the grass, a bird flying after song.

Stark, Freya

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea what is in store.

Stark, Freya

Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.

Stein, Gertrude When you get there, there isn't any there there.

Steinbeck, John

When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road from Here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must find himself a good and sufficient reason for going.

Steinbeck, John

Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward.

Steinbeck, John

In long-range planning for a trip, I think there is a private conviction that it won't happen.

Steinbeck, John

Tom Wolfe was right. You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory.

Steinbeck, John

People don't take trips – trips take people.

Steinbeck, John

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

Steinbeck, John

Once I travelled about in an old bakery wagon, double-doored rattler with a mattress on the floor, I stopped where people stopped or gathered, I listened and looked and felt, and in the process had a picture of my country the accuracy of which was impaired only by my own shortcomings.

Sterne, Lawrence

I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, 'tis all barren'.

Sterne, Lawrence

As an Englishman does not travel to see English men, I retired to my room.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

All I seek, the heaven above and the road below me.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

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

Stinnett, Caskie

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

Strong, Anna Louise

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

Swift, Jonathan

I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church, to preserve all that travel by land, or by water.

Swinburne

Ask nothing more of me, sweet; all I can give you I give.

Syrus, Publius A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Tagore, Rabindranath

And when old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.

T'ang Dynasty Poem

The autumn leaves are falling like rain / Although my neighbors are all barbarians / And you, you are a thousand miles away / There are always two cups at my table.

de Teran, Lisa St. Aubin

Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.'

Ten Bears (Commanche) at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1867.

But there are things which you have said to me which I do not like. They were not sweet like sugar, but bitter like gourds. You have said that you want to put us on a reservation, to build us houses, and make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew free breath. I want to dies there and not within walls.

Theroux, Paul

Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.

Theroux, Paul

Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going.

Thomas, Edward

I love roads; the goddesses that dwell far along them invisible are my favourite gods.

Thomas, Edward

Roads go on while we forget and are forgotten like a comet that shoots and is gone. They are lonely while we sleep, lonelier for the lack of a traveller who is now a dream only.

Thoreau, Henry David

A simple woman down in Tyngsborough, at whose house I once stopped to get a draught of water, when I said, recognizing the bucket, that I had stopped there nine years before for the same purpose, asked if I was not a traveler, supposing that I had been traveling ever since, and had now come round again.

Thoreau, Henry David

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Thoreau, Henry David

A traveller. I love his title. A traveller is to be reverenced as such. His profession is the best symbol of our life. Going from - toward; it is the history of every one of us. It is a great art to saunter.

Thoreau, Henry David

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Tillman, Henry J

The saying "Getting there is half the fun" became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.

Tolkien, JRR

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.

Tolkien, JRR

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.

Trollope, Anthony

I doubt whether I ever read any description of scenery which gave me an idea of the place described.

Trollope, Anthony

It's dogged as does it. It ain't thinking about it.

Turi's Book of Lappland

We Lapps have the same nature as the reindeer: in the springtime we long for the mountains; in winter we are drawn to the woods.

Twain, Mark

There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.

Twain, Mark

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

Twain, Mark

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.

Twain, Mark

The Gentle Reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the Gentle Reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass.

Twain, Mark

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.

Twain, Mark

Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those.

Twain, Mark

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

Unknown

Dare to aim high, and risk missing, or aim low and be sure of hitting. Dare to fail.

Unknown

The rewards of the journey far outweigh the risk of leaving the harbour.

Vaughan, Henry

Oh how I long to travel back, and tread again that ancient track. That I might once more reach that plain, where first I left my glorious train. From whence the enlightened spirit sees, that shady city of palm trees.

Veblen, Thorstein

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.

Viking Saying Better weight than wisdom a traveller cannot carry

Vonnegut, Kurt

Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

Waits, Tom

It's a battered old suitcase and a hotel someplace and a wound that will never heal.

Walpole, Hugh

The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic … At last some curious traveller from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul's.

Warner, Charles Dudley

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

Welty, Eudora

Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.

White, Elwyn Brooks

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.

Whitehead, Alfred North

One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.

Wieseltier, Leon The road is not a line between places; it is a place between places, a place of its own.
Wieseltier, Leon If departure is the past and arrival is the future, then the road is the present, and there is nothing more spiritually difficult, or spiritually rewarding, than learning to live significantly in the present.

Wilde, Oscar

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

Williams, Tennessee

Make voyages! Attempt them... there's nothing else.

Wordsworth, William

And now I see the eye serene,/ The very pulse of the machine;/ A being breathing thoughtful breath,/ A traveller betwixt life and death.

Wotton, Sir Henry This bearer, Captain Henry Bell, returneth home fraught like a traveller more with observation than money.

Yutang, Lin

A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.

Yutang, Lin

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

Aesop's Fables

Margaret writes: Although the Greek slave Aesop was executed over 2,000 years ago, his fables present a moral framework that has remained unchanged through the centuries. The language they use has been absorbed into our most colloquial speech, describing the cruelty and vanity of mankind. Although it is unlikely that all 200 or so fables attributed to him were his own work, his fame as a story-teller was such that any fable heard was ascribed to him.

Here are the titles of some of the fables, chosen for their relevance to the traveller.

The fox and the 'sour' grapes

Look before you leap

The mountain in labour

Familiarity breeds contempt

The country mouse and the town mouse

Pride goes before a fall

The tortoise and the hare - slow and steady wins the race

One man's meat is another man's poison

Actions speak louder than words

To cry wolf

Necessity is the mother of invention

To blow hot and cold

Physician heal thyself

Birds of a feather flock together

Fair weather friends

History is written by the victors

In unity there is strength

Honesty is the best policy

Don't be a dog in the manger

The goose that lays the golden eggs

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched

The woman and the fat hen - relying on statistics doesn't always work

It's one thing to call for death and another to see him coming

With friends like wolves, you don't need enemies

The lion's share

Facts speak plainer than words

It's not always smart to be a big fish in a little pond

The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the hill

Grasp the nettle

Every man to his trade

United we stand, divided we fall

One good turn deserves another

A wolf in sheep's clothing