“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
“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.”
“Traveling 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.”
“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.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel 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.”
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
“The journey not the arrival matters.”
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
“Once you have traveled, 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.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
“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.”
“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
“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.”
Thanks go out to Deb Wing for putting together this collection of quotes.