"Occasionally I find a travel book that is both illuminating and entertaining, where vivid writing and research replace self-indulgence and sloppy prose."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Arthur Smith 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."Arthur Smith on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Arthur Smith on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Arthur Smith on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Arthur Smith on Saint Augustine
"I am 54 and age is slowly writing itself on my face."
"It was Julie Burchill who decreed that, beyond a certain age, a man should not be seen in a leather jacket."
"Reading the play at home, however fulfilling, can never be the vivacious experience that Shakespeare intended."
"It is more interesting to be compared to someone famous, because it lets you gauge what perceptions people have about your appearance."
"Ninety-eight per cent of laughter is nothing to do with jokes, which do not deserve to bear the weight of all the funny stuff in the world."