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Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Piozzi's Johnsoniana (154)

Let observation with extensive view,
  Survey mankind from China to Peru;
    Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife,
      And watch the busy scenes of crowded life.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes

Follow the Romany Patteran
  Sheer to the Austral light,
    Where the bosom of God is the wild west wind,
      Sweeping the sea floors white.
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Gypsy Trail

Down to Gehenna or up to the throne,
  He travels the fastest who travel alone.
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Winners

The marquise has a disagreeable day for her journey.
      - Louis XV,
        while looking at Mme. De Pompadour's Funeral

I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author spectacles can see them as they are.
      - Harriet Martineau

Better sit still where born, I say,
  Wed one sweet woman and lover her well,
    Love and be loved in the old East way,
      Drink sweet waters, and dream in a spell,
        Than to wander in search of the Blessed Isles,
          And to sail the thousands of watery miles
            In search of love, and find you at last
              On the edge of the world, and a curs'd outcast.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Pace Implora

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
      - George (Augustus) Moore, The Brook Kerith
         (ch. 11)

Get a sun lamp to keep you looking as if you have just come back from somewhere expensive.
      - Aristotle Onassis

Being away from home gave me a chance to look at myself with a jaundiced eye.
      - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We sack, we ransack to the utmost sands
  Of native kingdoms, and of foreign lands:
    We travel sea and soil; we pry, and prowl,
      We progress, and we prog from pole to pole.
      - Francis Quarles, Divine Emblems
         (bk. II, II)

He who will travel far spares his steed.
  [Fr., Qui veut voyager loin menage sa monture.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Plaideurs (I, 1)

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
  Yes, to the very end.
    Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
      From morn to night, my friend.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Up-Hill

Does the pilgrim count the miles
  When he travels to some distant shrine?
    [Ger., Zahlt der Pilger Meilen,
      Wenn er zum fernen Gnadenbilde wallt?]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (IV, 11)

He who is everywhere is nowhere.
  [Lat., Nusquam est, qui ubique est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (II)

When I was at home, I was in a better place, but travelers must be content.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Touchstone at II, iv)

And in his brain,
  Which is as dry as the remainder biscuit
    After a voyage, he hath strange places crammed
      With observation, the which he vents
        In mangled forms.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

Farewell, Monsieur Traveller. Look you lisp and wear strange suits, disable all the benefits of your own country, be out of love with your nativity, and almost chide God for making you that countenance you are; or I will scarce think you have swam in a gundello.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, i)

I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which is emulation; nor the musician's, which is fantastical; nor the courtier's, which is proud; not the soldier's which is ambitious; nor the lawyer's, which is politic; nor the lady's, which is nice; nor the lover's, which is all these: but it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, which, by often rumination, wraps me in a most humorous sadness.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at IV, i)

Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances,
  Of moving accidents by flood and field;
    Of hairbreadth scapes i' th' imminent deadly breach;
      Of being taken by the insolent foe
        And sold to slavery; of my redemption thence
          And portance in my travels' history;
            Wherein of anters vast and deserts idle,
              Rough quarries, rocks, and hill whose heads touch heaven,
                It was my hint to speak--such was the process;
                  And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
                    The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads
                      Do grow beneath their shoulders.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

The reformation of our travelled gallants
  That fill the court with quarrels, talk and tailors.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Lovell at I, iii)

No journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
      - Lillian Smith

I think it was Jekyll who used to say that the further he went west, the more convinced he felt that the wise men came from the east.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I)

'Tis nothing when a fancied scene's in view
  To skip from Covent Garden to Peru.
      - Sir Richard Steele,
        Prologue to Ambrose Phillip's Distressed Mother


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