Quotes about travel
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„What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.“
— Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1142 - 1221
Context: Don't be dead or asleep or awake. Don't be anything. What you most want, what you travel around wishing to find, lose yourself as lovers lose themselves, and you'll be that. "Looking For Your Own Face" as translated by Coleman Barks in The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia
„Then you'll feel your cheek scratched…
A little kiss, like a crazy spider,
Will run round your neck…
And you'll say to me : "Find it!" bending your head
- And we'll take a long time to find that creature
- Which travels a lot…“
— Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891
„Chorus: O suitably attired in leather boots
Head of a traveller, wherefore seeking whom
Whence by what way how purposed art thou come
To this well-nightingaled vicinity?
My object in inquiring is to know.
But if you happen to be deaf and dumb
And do not understand a word I say,
Nod with your hand to signify as much.
Alcmaeon: I journeyed hither a Boeotian road.
Chorus: Sailing on horseback or with feet for oars?
Alcmaeon: Plying by turns my partnership of legs.
Chorus: Beneath a shining or a rainy Zeus?
Alcmaeon: Mud's sister, not himself, adorns my shoes.
Chorus: To learn your name would not displease me much.
Alcmaeon: Not all that men desire do they attain.“
— A.E. Housman English classical scholar and poet 1859 - 1936
"Fragment of a Greek Tragedy". This parody was first written in 1883, but quoted here from a revised version of 1927.
„I am truly happy that I am able to travel from time to time to the USSR — the country I love above all. I always have been, I am now and will always be a loyal friend of the Soviet Union.“
— Paul Robeson American singer and actor 1898 - 1976
"’I Love Above All, Russia,’ Robeson Says," Afro-American, (25 June 1949), p. 7
„When this response reached Croesus, it afforded him far more pleasure than anything else the oracle had told him, because he was sure that a mule would never replace a man as the Persian king, and that in consequence he and his descendants would rule for ever. He next turned his mind to investigating which was the most powerful Greek state, so that he could gain them as his allies. As a result of his enquiries, he discovered that Lacedaemon and Athens were the outstanding states, and that Lacedaemon was populated by Dorians while Athens was populated by Ionians. For these two peoples—the one Pelasgian, the other Hellenic—had been pre-eminent in the old days. The Pelasgians never migrated anywhere, but the Hellenes were a very well-travelled race. When Deucalion was their king, they were living in Phthia, but in the time of Dorus the son of Hellen they were in the territory around Mounts Ossa and Olympus, known as Histiaeotis. Then they were evicted from Histiaeotis by the Cadmeans and settled on Mount Pindus, where they were called Macedonians. Next they moved to Dryopis, and from Dryopis they finally reached the Peloponnese and became known as the Dorians.“
— Herodotus, Histories
The Histories, Book 1, Ch. 56; as translated in The Histories (1998) by Robin Waterfield and Carolyn Dewald http://books.google.com/books?id=Or5CKl1ObX4C&pg=PA24 pp. 23-24 ISBN 0192824252, 9780192824257
„Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.“
— Cesare Lombroso Italian criminologist 1835 - 1909
The Man of Genius (1891), p. x.
„One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private pattern of one's own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism.“
— Freya Stark British explorer and writer 1893 - 1993
Cited in Molly Izzard, A Marvellous Eye, Cornucopia Issue 2. From Wikipedia: Freya Stark. Retrieved 2009-08-25
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„I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.“
— Rosalía de Castro Galician poet, writer 1837 - 1885
„Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.“
— Chief Joseph Nez Percé Chieftain 1840 - 1904
Lincoln Hall Speech (1879)