Quotations About / On:
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "The American Scene," pt. 6, The Dyer's Hand (1962).)
Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.
(Fanny Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Meadows, in Cecilia, bk. 4, ch. 2 (1782).)
It is doubtful whether anyone who has travelled widely has found anywhere in the world regions more ugly than in the human face.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 244, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 320, "Ugliest," (1878).)
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
(Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 6 (1902).)
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."
(Lisa St. Aubin de Terán (b. 1953), British author. Off the Rails, ch. 2 (1989).)
Oh, my. I'd forgotten how much I hate space travel.
(George Lucas (b. 1944), U.S. director, screenwriter. C3PO (Anthony Daniels), Star Wars, as Han Solo's ship, The Millennium Falcon, takes off (1977).)
Travelling, I worry about luggage, prices, and strange food. At home, I am free to broaden my mind by thinking about the higher things.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.
(Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. Marco Polo, in Invisible Cities, p. 137 (1972, trans. 1974).)
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. The Presidential Papers, preface (1963).)
Overly persuasive a woman's ordinance spreads far, traveling fast; but fast dying a rumor voiced by a woman perishes.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 485.)