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Quotations About / On: JOURNEY

  • 21.
    The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the nonintellectuals have never stirred.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Philip Quarles, in Point Counter Point, ch. 6 (1928). This passage comes from the notebook of Philip Quarles, the principal character in the narrative. As a writer committed to the novel of ideas, Quarles is in large part Huxley's self- portrait. Here Quarles expresses one of Huxley's principal themes: the limitations of intellectual life.)
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  • 22.
    My father and mother in 1817 were forty-nine days on the road with their emigrant wagons [from Vermont] to Ohio. More than two days for each hour that I spent in the same journey.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. V, p. 43, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (December 29, 1891).)
  • 23.
    The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.
    (Lillian Smith (1897-1966), U.S. author. Killers of the Dream, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1949, rev. 1961).)
  • 24.
    Hope, deceitful though it be, is at least of this good use to us—that while we are traveling through this life, it conducts us by an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 169 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 25.
    Every woman is like a time zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).)
  • 26.
    My thoughts: They are like persons met upon a journey—I think them very agreeable at first, but soon find, as a rule, that I am tired of them.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 52, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 27.
    This century fulfills the office of road-laborer for the society of the future. We make the road, others will make the journey.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 28.
    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.
    (Lawrence Durrell (1914-1991), British author. Bitter Lemons, "Towards an Eastern Landfall," (1957). Opening words.)
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  • 29.
    ... the first step of the terrible journey toward feeling somebody should act, that ends in utter confusion and hopelessness, east of the sun and west of the moon.
    (John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "For John Clare.")
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  • 30.
    For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
    (Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940), Russian-born U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).)
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