"Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Paul Theroux on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Paul Theroux on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Paul Theroux on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Paul Theroux on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Paul Theroux on Saint Augustine
"It's only when you're alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources."
"The people of Hong Kong are criticized for only being interested in business, but it's the only thing they've been allowed to do."
"When I started writing, I did have some idealised notion of my dad as a writer. But I have less and less of a literary rivalry with him as I've gone on. I certainly don't feel I need his approval, although maybe that's because I'm confident that I've got it."
"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."
"You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you are grateful."
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