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Tahir Shah Quotes

Tahir Shah Quote: “With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “To Succeed, you must reach for the stars, and let your imagination find its own path.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “There is nothing like a train journey for reflection.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Calcutta’s the only city I know where you are actively encouraged to stop strangers at random for a quick chat.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “A little imagination goes a long way in Fes.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “For me, a journey to Damascus is an amazing hunt from beginning to end, a slice through layers of history in search of treasure.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The first rule of an expedition is that everyone should stick together.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Two reeds drink from the same stream. One is hollow, the other is sugarcane. – MOROCCAN PROVERB.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “I believe that Marrakech ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, makes it a little less easy to understand.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “In moments of great uncertainty on my travels, I have always felt that something is protecting me, that i will come to no harm.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Through bitter experience I have learned that it is best to promise little and then to reward hard work with generosity.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “As a travel writer I’ve specialized in gritty, fearful destinations, the kind of places that make a reader’s hair stick on end.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Enlightenment, and the death which comes before it, is the primary business of Varanasi.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “On a hard jungle journey nothing is so important as having a team you can trust.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The forest did not tolerate frailty of body or mind. Show your weakness, and it would consume you without hesitation.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Money spent on good-quality gear is always money well spent.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “It is almost impossible to overemphasize the importance with which ancestry is held in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Contemplation is a luxury, requiring time and alternatives.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “On a harsh expedition, there’s no space for anyone who does not intend to finish.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Stories are not like the real world; they aren’t held back by what we know is false or true. What’s important is how a story makes you feel inside.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Believe, and what was impossible becomes possible what at first was hidden becomes visible.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “I felt sure we could gain the upper hand by putting ourselves in the mindset of the Incas.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “There’s nothing quite like a good quest for getting your blood pumping.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “To be selfless, you would give charity anonymously, walj softly on the earth, and look out for others-even total strangers-before you look out for yourself. For the Arab mind, the self is an obstacle, an impediment, in humanity’s quest foe real progress.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “During the days I felt myself slipping into a kind of madness. Solitary confinement has an astonishing effect on the mind. The trip was to stay calm and keep myself occupied. I spent hours working out how to break free. But trying to escape would have been instant suicide.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The taste for glory can make ordinary men behave in extraordinary ways.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Once in a very long time you come across a book that is far, far more than the ink, the glue and the paper, a book that seeps into your blood.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The desert was bad, but nothing could compare with the horrors of a tropical rain forest.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “There’s nothing like a pack of mules to give one a sense of entourage.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Buy a house in a foreign country and, it seems, that anything which can go wrong usually does.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “I was becoming addicted to Bombay. There was squalor and poverty, but I had begun to realise my good fortune and would never again forget it.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “There comes a stage at which a man would rather die cleanly by a bullet than by the unknown terror of the phantom in the forest.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “There can be few situations more fearful than breaking down in darkness on the highway leading to Casablanca. I have rarely felt quite so vulnerable or alone.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Any man who has ever led an army, an expedition, or a group of Boy Scouts has sadism in his bones.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “For me, nature is something you watch on the Discovery Channel, or on the evening news – as you learn how much more of it’s been savaged to make way for the Blackberry realm that is my home.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The Occident has never found it easy to grasp the strange netherworld of spirits that followers of Islam universally believe exist in a realm overlaid our own.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “For my father there was no sharper way to understand a country than by listening to its stories.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Explorers like to pretend that they are a select breed of people with iron nerve and an ability to endure terrible hardship.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Usually, there is nothing more pleasing that returning to a place where you have endured hardship.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “Lured by the wilderness, and by the chance of spotting rare desert elephants, a few intrepid tourists make their way to the Skeleton Coast each year. It’s just about as remote as any tourist destination on earth, but one that pays fabulous dividends.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “The pursuit of illusion is not about studying for prizes, or for study’s sake. There’s no right or wrong, no pass or fail.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “A man who embarks on a journey must know when to end it.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “I was no longer troubled when he pulled out a machete in a crowded bar, tried to pick up schoolgirls, or threatened to scalp us, then rip off our heads and scoop out our brains.”
Tahir Shah Quote: “If hot food is they key to maintaining an expedition’s stamina, then low grade gut-rot alcohol is the key to sustaining its sense of pleasure.”
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