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I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba and cry, "'Tis all barren!"
      - Laurence Sterne,
        Sentimental Journey--In the Street--Calais

When we have discovered a continent, or crossed a chain of mountains, it is only to find another ocean or another plain upon the further side. . . . O toiling hands of mortals! O wearied feet, travelling ye know not whither! Soon, soon, it seems to you, you must come forth on some conspicuous hilltop, and but a little way further, against the setting sun, descry the spires of El Dorado. Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, El Dorado

I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

'Tis a mad world (my masters) and in sadness
  I travail'd madly in these dayes of madness.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        Wandering to see the Wonders of the West

Let observation with extended observation observe extensively.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        paraphrasing Johnson, see Locker-Lampson's "Recollections of a tour with Tennyson", in "Memoirs of Tennyson" by his son, II, 73

For always roaming with a hungry heart,
  Much have I seen and known.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses

Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation; and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.
      - Paul Theroux

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
      - Paul Theroux

We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, on whatever we touch.
      - Lewis Thomas

I have climbed several higher mountains without guide or path, and have found, as might be expected, that it takes only more time and patience commonly than to travel the smoothest highway.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
      - Henry David Thoreau

We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Not all those who wander are lost.
      - J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien),
        The Lord of the Rings

Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

All human race from China to Peru,
  Pleasure, howe'er disguis'd by art, pursue.
      - Thomas Warton, the Younger,
        The Universal Love of Pleasure

The dust is old upon my "sandal-shoon,"
  And still I am a pilgrim; I have roved
    From wild America to Bosphor's waters,
      And worshipp'd at innumerable shrines
        Of beauty; and the painter's art, to me,
          And sculpture, speak as with a living tongue,
            And of dead kingdoms, I recall the soul,
              Sitting amid their ruins.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis, Florence Gray

A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.
      - Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
         (ch. 11)


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