Paul Theroux


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  • ''Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. Hockney's Alphabet, "D is for Death," ed. Stephen Spender (1991). Book published to raise money for AIDS victims.
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  • ''Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. author. Observer (London, October 29, 1989).
  • ''Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 7, 1979).
  • ''You must not judge people by their country. In South America, it is always wise to judge people by their altitude.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. Quoting an old lady's advice, in The Old Patagonian Express (1979).
  • ''The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate's career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. "Tarzan Is an Expatriate," quoted in Patrick Marnham, Dispatches from Africa, ch. 1 (1981).
  • ''Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. The Great Railway Bazaar, ch. 21 (1975).
  • ''The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.''
    Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. The Great Railway Bazaar, ch. 28 (1975).

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