„The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.“

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Japanese poet 1644 - 1694

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„Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.“

—  Bashō Matsuo, book Oku no Hosomichi

Matsuo Bashō, Narrow Road to the Interior and other writings, Boston, 2000, p. 3 (Translation: Sam Hamill)
Oku no Hosomichi
Variant: The journey itself is my home.

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Denise Levertov photo

„He told of journeys,
of where sun and moon go while we stand in dark,
of an earth-journey he dreamed he would take some day
deeper than roots …“

—  Denise Levertov Poet 1923 - 1997

A Tree Telling of Orpheus (1968)
Context: He told of journeys,
of where sun and moon go while we stand in dark,
of an earth-journey he dreamed he would take some day
deeper than roots...
He told of the dreams of man, wars, passions, griefs,
and I, a tree, understood words – ah, it seemed
my thick bark would split like a sapling's that
grew too fast in the spring
when a late frost wounds it.

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„It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.“

—  Herodotus, book Histories

Book 8, Ch. 98
variant: Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed. (Book 8, Ch. 98)
Paraphrase: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" ”
Appears carved over entrance to Central Post Office building in New York City.
The Histories

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„Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine,
My life and death attend;
Thy presence through my journey shine,
And crown my journey's end.“

—  Anne Steele English hymn writer, essayist 1717 - 1778

Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 328. "The Grace of God". Adopted as a hymn by several protestant denominations, sometimes under a different title. Probably first published pseudonymously as " Theodosia" in Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760).

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„Green in the spring winds
the south bank of the Yangtse
When will the bright moon
light my journey home?“

—  Wang Anshi Song Dynasty chancellor and poet 1021 - 1086

(zh-CN) 春风又绿江南岸,明月何时照我还?


Bashō Matsuo photo

„Sick on a journey,
my dreams wander
the withered fields.“

—  Bashō Matsuo Japanese poet 1644 - 1694

tabi ni yande
yume wa kareno wo
Bashō's last poem, written while he was dying of a stomach illness. (Translation: Robert Hass)
Sick on a journey –
over parched fields
dreams wander on.
Basho, On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho, London, 1985, p. 81 (Translation: Lucien Stryk)
Travelling, sick
My dreams roam
On a withered moor.
Unknown translator
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„There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.“

—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945

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

—  Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle

Source: Hainish Cycle, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), Chapter 15 “To the Ice” (p. 220)

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„A slow horse does not always reach the end of the journey.“

—  Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007

(15 October 1994)

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