Quotations About / On:
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).)
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Tremendous Trifles, "The Riddle of the Ivy," (1909).)
Traveling takes the ink out of one's pen as well as the cash out of one's purse.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 2, 1849, to Evert A. Duyckinck. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).)
It reminded me of Prometheus Bound. Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 260, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.
(Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. "Crabbed Age and Youth," Virginibus Puerisque (1881).)
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 80, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Man lording it over man, man kneeling to man, is a spectacle that Gabriel might well travel hitherward to behold; for never did he behold it in heaven.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 60, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
Roads are made for horses and men of business. I do not travel in them much.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 213, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
So as to comprehend that the sky is blue everywhere one doesn't need to travel around the world.
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)