"Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful.
And time is short.." —Adam Hochschild
"Travel is one way of lengthening life,
at least in appearance." —Benjamin Franklin
"Time and Ed wait for no man" —Mr. Ed
May 19, 2003
Near Laguna Verde, Potosi, Bolivia
When I was putting all my money into my trip account
rather than buying myself, say, clothes or cable or beer, these quotes about travel
occasionally reminded me what it's all for.
I don't wanna get all Successories
on you, but these quotes kinda speak to me. Yes, there is a lot
The journey is difficult, immerse. We will travel
as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we
would like to see or to learn... all that we hunger to know. —Loren Eiseley
Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiuclous one. — Voltaire
Look with favor upon a bold beginning —Virgil, 30 B.C.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day
as a separate life —Seneca, 1st Century A.D.
I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that
which I ought to lead. I
follow it at a mighty distance, crawling —Seneca, 1st Century A.D.
Scratch a traveler and you'll find a masochist underneath. — Beppe Severgnini in Ciao, America
It's late, the road is long. Yes, it is time. — Bilbo Baggins
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. —Henry David Thoreau
Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time
is short. —Adam Hochschild, New York Times,
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. —Hellen Keller
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable. —Sydney J. Harris
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. —T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw
off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade
winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain
It is extreme evil to depart from the company of the
living before you die. —Seneca, 1st Century AD
If I had my life to live over I'd like to make more
mistakes next time. I'd relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier
than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim
more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would
perhaps have more actual trouble, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour
after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had
to do it over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to
have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living
so many years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a
thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If
I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in
the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more
dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I'd pick more daisies. —Nadine Stair
Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.
• • •
From this hour, freedom!
From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute,
Listening to others, and considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the hold that
would hold me. —Walt Whitman, Song of the Open