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Paul Theroux Quote: “Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books. I wouldn’t say that I’m a travel novelist but rather a novelist who travels – and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The pleasure a reader gets is often equal to the pleasure a writer is given.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Travel works best when you’re forced to come to terms with the place you’re in.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “If people are driving you around to look at animals, that’s wonderful. That’s educational, but it’s not necessarily enlightening and you’re not finding out much about yourself.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The sad engineer would never go back to England; he would become one of these elderly expatriates who hide out in remote countries, with odd sympathies, a weakness for the local religion, an unreasonable anger, and the kind of total recall that drives curious strangers away.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “You can’t write about a friend, you can only write about a former friend.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I greatly enjoyed Tom Reiss’s The Orientalist, for its mingled scholarship and sleuthing, and for so elegantly solving the puzzle of one of the Twentieth Century’s most mysterious writers.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “An aimless joy is a pure joy,” I said, quoting Yeats.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “People will tell you, “What’s the use? What’s the point of reading novels and poetry?” They’ll tell you to go to law school or to be an economist or to do something useful. But books are useful. Books will make you thoughtful, and they might even make you happy. They will certainly help you to become more civilized.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “It seemed that his anger was partly theatrical, that he was amping up his shouts to intimidate me.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “All solitary travel offers a sort of special license allowing you to be anyone you want to be.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “You travel all over,” the woman said. “Do you write about your travels?” I said, Yes, I did. Articles. Books. Whatever. “You must write Paul Theroux-type travel books,” she said. I said, Exactly, and told her why.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “A gun show is about like-minded people who feel as if everything has been taken away from them – jobs, money, pride.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “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.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The Colombians are good-tempered people. They are used to waiting for buses that are late, used to riding buses and trains that do not arrive.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “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.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “January snow lay thick on the ground – crusty, pitted, and hardened, some of it like the bubbly honeycomb of air-dried sea foam in the tide wrack down at the beach, the sort of snow that stays so long you get used to the intrusion of that world of uninvited white, a hooded subverted landscape, sparkling in the low flame of a sallow sunrise on a winter morning.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “An island is a fixed and finite piece of geography, and usually the whole place has been carved up and claimed.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “One of the grandest creations of the New South was a mythical concept of an Old South.” What people take to be an epoch was a matter of mere decades of pretension and an exercise in irrational nostalgia.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Normal, nice people don’t become writers.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Nothing is more satisfying in travel than to land in a place and assume an occupation, even a temporary one, as a teacher.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “We all know that a vast proportion of travel is accumulated nuisance; but if boredom or awfulness is handled with skill and concrete detail, it is funnier and truer than the sunniest prose.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The monotony of staying in one place is the best thing for writing a novel. Having regular habits, a kind of security, but especially no big surprises, no shocks.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Banks and donors and charities claimed to have had successes in Mozambique. I suspected they invented these successes to justify their existence.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “When she was done, I talked to her a little – and I was the only one.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “And that is all anyone can do, try to be honest about what he feels, what he’s seen or thinks he’s seen.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “A travel book is about someone who goes somewhere, travels on the ground, sees something and spends quite a lot of time doing it, and has a hard time, and then comes back and writes about it. It’s not about inventing.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Time is a factor in travel, one of the most crucial.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “In travel, as in many other experiences in life, once is usually enough.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “But art should require no instrument but memory.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate’s career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “That was my Malawian epiphany. Only Africans were capable of making a difference in Africa. All the others, donors and volunteers and bankers, however idealistic, were simply agents of subversion.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “To travel unconnected, away from anyone’s gaze or reach, is bliss.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “So far I had been travelling alone with my handbook and my Western Railway timetable: I was happiest finding my own way and did not require a liaison man. It had been my intention to stay on the train, without bothering about arriving anywhere: sight-seeing was a way of passing the time, but, as I had concluded in Istanbul, it was an activity very largely based on imaginative invention, like rehearsing your own play in stage sets from which all the actors had fled.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “And then there are the laziest and most presumptuous of people, those who can read but who don’t bother, who live in the smuggest ignorance and seem to me dangerous.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I think that love isn’t what you think it is when you’re in your twenties or even thirties.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Truly, the worst trains take one across the best landscapes.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “One of the sicknesses of the twentieth century? I’ll tell you the worst one. People can’t stand to be alone. Can’t tolerate it! So they go to the movies, get drive-in hamburgers, put their home telephone numbers in the crapsheets and say ‘Please call me up!’ It’s sick. People hate their own company – they cry when they see themselves in mirrors. It scares them, the way their faces look. Maybe that’s a clue to the whole thing...”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I wanted to find a new self in a distant place, and new things to care about.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “Last days? Don’t they know? These are the traits of all days, every day, everywhere.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The mist, the rain, and cold, low clouds gave the train a feeling of early morning, a chill and predawn dimness that lasted until noon.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “If I read enough about one country I sometimes found that the intensity of the reading removed by desire to travel there.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The saddest task for the ironist is having to tell the listener that it’s a joke, because of course it is never a joke.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The sunset’s fire was tangled in leaden clouds, and the pillars of rain supporting the toppling thunderheads were very close;.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “The only cure for seasickness is to sit on the shady side of an old brick church in the country.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “It seems to me that there is always something luminous in the face of a person in the act of reading.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I cannot think of any writer of stature in English who has not shown a knowledge of the Bible.”
Paul Theroux Quote: “I believe in every possible manifestation of spiritual strangeness. I believe in all possible escapes. The only thing I cannot endure is reality, whatever it may be. I believe that the writer is defined by the constant necessity of creating a world, to depart from this world. Literature is more concerned with misery than with happiness. Writing is directly related to frustration. It is a reflection of personal desperation. The writer is profoundly disgusted with his reality.”
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