Quotations About / On:
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.)
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
(Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, July 9, 1950. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).)
The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.
(Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. the Catalan bookstore owner in Macondo, in 100 Years Of Solitude, 1978 edition, p. 323 (orig. publ. 1967, trans. 1970).)
I should like to oblige you, but with people like us, we must be able to travel faster than our clients.
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Captain Feeney (Arthur O'Sullivan), Barry Lyndon, after robbing Redmond Barry, who asked if he could at least keep his horse (1975).)
I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Tom Sawyer Abroad, ch. 11 (1894).)
We can travel longer, night and day, without losing our spirits than almost any persons we ever met.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 557, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (June 6, 1879).
Called "Rutherford the Rover," Hayes traveled more and publicized his pet policies by speaking to the people than did his predecessors.)
Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, April 9, 1851, to Ernest Chevalier, trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, II, p. 309, Conard (1926-1933).)
Next to a shot of some good, habit-forming narcotic, there is nothing like travelling alone as a "builder-upper."
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. Chips Off the Old Benchley, "He Travels Fastest," Harper & Brothers (1949).)