In this post I have assembled some fun and inspirational quotes about traveling. I hope you'll really like some of those!
"A great way to learn about your country is to leave it." Henry Rollins. Henry Rollins
is an American musician, actor, and writer. Rollins is also well known for his media work, he worked as a host on several shows and contributed to various newspapers, magazines and websites.
"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life." Jack Kerouac, "On the Road". American novelist and poet published "On the Road"
in 1957, it's one of the defining books of the Beat movement.
"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." Lin Yutang.
This Chinese writer and translator is well known for translations of classic Chinese texts into English. Lin Yutang lived mainly in the USA, and he contributed greatly to the popularisation of Chinese literature in the West.
"There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed." Kate Douglas Wiggin. Kate Wiggin
, an American educator and author of children's novels, was a powerful advocate of children welfare and education, she lived and worked in the XIXth and the early XXth century, when children labor was used widely.
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu
or Laozi ("Old Master" in Chinese) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. His book the Tao Te Ching is a fundamental text for the Chinese religion Taoism. Taoism emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (no one knows what Tao is though), and the Lao Tzu's quote on travel reflects this philosophy.
"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." G.K. Chesterton. G.K. Chesterton
is in many ways an English version of Mark Twain, you will find lots of witty quotes of Chesterton, but the contemporary public knew him for controvercial or even riduculous ideas. He was a critic of both capitalism and socialism, promoting "distributism" as "the third way".
"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls." Anaïs Nin.
An essayist and memoirist born to Cuban parents in France, she was one of the first important writers of modern female erotica
"Travel brings power and love back into your life." Jalaluddin Rumi. Rumi
was a medieval Muslim poet and mystic, he believed that arts, notably music, poetry and dance are a path for reaching God. His prose and poems are astonishenly modern, sophisticated and tolerant.
"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." Anita Desai. Desai
is an Indian novelist and Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite being in her 80s she is still actively writing.
"Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground." Judith Thurman.
Judith Thurman is an American writer and producer, she is also a staff writer in The New Yorker magazine.
"Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead." Ma Jian. Ma is a Chinese-born British writer
, his works are inspired by lengthy journeys through China and Tibet.
"There ain't no journey what don't change you some." David Mitchell, "Cloud Atlas". Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
is of course well known, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2004 and made into a film in 2012. His latest book From Me Flows What You Call Time lays buried in the Norwegian woods, set to be published in 2114. The journey itself is my home. Bashō Matsuo
"The journey itself is my home." Bashō Matsuo. Famous poet of the 17th century Japan
, Matsuo was well known during his lifetime and remains hugely popular today.
"I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side." Roman Payne. Payne is an American novelist
, poet, and adventurer, currently lives in Morocco.
"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." Robert Louis Stevenson. The Scottish novelist and travel writer
is well known for his great works including "Treasure Island" or "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Stevenson himself traveled a lot, having lived in Scotland, California, Tahiti, New Zealand, the Samoan Islands, and various other places.
"Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down." Ryū Murakami, "Coin Locker Babies".
Japanese novelist and short story writer is well known for its works inspired by the dark side of modern Japan.
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharlal Nehru Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India
, oversaw India's transition from a colony to a democratic republic. Being an Agnostic he fought against religious taboos and dogmatic mentality.
"Every hundred feet the world changes." Roberto Bolaño Bolaño, Chilean novelist
, is one of the most significant Latin American writers.
"Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled." Alex Garland, "The Beach" Alex Garland is an English novelist and screenwriter
, he also recently made his directorial debut with a si-fi movie Ex Machina. The Beach is based upon author's own travels across Europe and Asia, it was made into a film in 2000, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton.
"Adventure is worthwhile." Aesop Aesop was an ancient Greek fabulist and story teller
. In his own time there were coins with his image coined in his hometown of Delphi, and his fables got as far as Japan as early as 17th century.
"If you are twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn, and be better. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go." Anthony Bourdain
An American chef and TV personality, he is well known for his books on cooking
. However Bourdain's writings include both fiction as well as non-fiction, he also had a travel show on The Travel Channel.
"A good traveller is one who knows how to travel with the mind." Michael Bassey Johnson A Nigerian writer and poet
, popular in African countries.
"It sounds so far away and different. I like different places. I like any places that isn't here." Edna Ferber, "Gigolo" Edna Ferber
was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and playwright.
"Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler." Ira Levin, "Rosemary's Baby" Levin's most popular works
include the famous "The Stepford Wives" and "Rosemary's Baby". Stephen King described Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels". Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain This American writer
, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer is one of the most citeted in the world.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust Marcel Proust
is considered to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, but his main work "In Search of Lost Time" consisting of 1,267,069 words (more than 4 000 pages when published on paper) drives little attention today.
"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien himself didn't tavel much, apart from the war business, but his characters are always on the move
"It is not down in any map; true places never are." Herman Melville
Melville's works asre based on his experience at sea as a sailor. Melville traveled the world on several ships for 5 years, he became a successful travel and adventure writer
straight upon his return to the USA.
"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." Maya Angelo Maya Angelo was an American poet
, memoirist, and civil rights activist, in her lifetime Angelo had worked as a sex worker, nightclub dancer, actor, and journalist. On the internet nowadays she is well known for brilliant and inspiring quotes.
"To travel is to live." Hans Christian Andersen Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales
, but he also was a popular travel writer.
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Robert Louis Stevenson
Besides literature work Stevenson wrote over 123 original musical compositions or arrangements, including ten songs written to his own poetry.
"Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it." Cesare Pavese Cesare Pavese, an Italian poet
, novelist, translated both classic and recent American and British authors and intoduced quite a few English language authors to the Italian public.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu
According to one of the Taoist myths Lao Tzu lived nine hundred and ninety years (in his last incarnation) and spent his last life traveling.
"I tramp a perpetual journey." Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" Whitman is one the most influential American poets
, he was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War, and also worked as a journalist, a teacher, and a government clerk.