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Paul Theroux Quote: “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Reading is also a journey. It’s a process of discovery.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “It’s only when you’re alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown...”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel is an attitude, a state of mind. It is not residence, it is motion.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I am happy being what I am.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Tightfisted people are as mean with friendship as they are with cash – suspicious, unbelieving, and incurious.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “When I’m writing, I like to travel alone. If you really want to find out about a place, you need to be as free as possible to be spontaneous. You also need to be lonely, because loneliness is a great teacher, too.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “All places, no matter where, no matter what, are worth visiting.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The more you write, the more you’re capable of writing.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Tibet has a very proud people but it’s culturally gone and overrun ever since the Chinese took over. It’s like saving the rhino. When a species is endangered, it’s gone.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The man who is tired of London is tired of looking for a parking space.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I sought trains; I found passengers.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Basically, what you find out is the limits of your patience and your strength and your capacity to adapt. You find that out in travel and being alone and being tested. So that’s a great thing.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost always an inner experience.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “In Turkey it was always 1952, in Malaysia 1937; Afghanistan was 1910 and Bolivia 1949. It is 20 years ago in the Soviet Union, 10 in Norway, five in France. It is always last year in Australia and next week in Japan.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I hate vacations. I hate them. I have no fun on them. I get nothing done. People sit and relax, but I don’t want to relax. I want to see something.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Everyone had an opinion and no one had a solution.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Nothing to me is so erotic as a hotel room, and therefore so penetrated with life and death.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “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.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The measure of civilized behavior is compassion.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Men in their late 50s often make very bad decisions.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “You can’t want to be a writer. You have to be one.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The difference between travel writing as fiction is the difference between recording what the eye sees and discovering what the imagination knows. Fiction is pure joy – how sad that I could not reinvent the trip as fiction.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Reading made me a traveler; travel sent me back to books.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I don’t think that it’s possible to have a truly rewarding experience in travel if it’s simple.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Maine is a joy in the summer. But the soul of Maine is more apparent in the winter.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “One thing about cold weather: it brings out the statistician in everyone.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation – experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The greatest justification for travel is not self-improvement but rather performing a vanishing act, disappearing without a trace.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Luxury is the enemy of observation, a costly indulgence that induces such a good feeling that you notice nothing. Luxury spoils and infantilizes you and prevents you from knowing the world.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “A person who is tired of London is not necessarily tired of life; it might be that he just can’t find a parking place.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Now and then in travel, something unexpected happens that transforms the whole nature of the trip and stays with the traveler.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “No one has ever described the place where I have just arrived: this is the emotion that makes me want to travel. It is one of the greatest reasons to go anywhere.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I like the idea of isolation, I like the idea of solitude. You can be connected and have a phone and still be lonely.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I don’t look down on tourism. I live in Hawaii where we have 7 million visitors a year. If they weren’t there, there would be no economy. So I understand why a tourist economy is necessary.”
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