We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Elliott
“It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves … I shall never find in the wilds of Labrador any greater wildness than in Concord, i.e., than I import into it.”
From Henry David Thoreau’s Journal
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d.
William Shakespeare from Cymbeline, Act 4, Scene 3
“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.