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Lines on Travel


Proof, if proof were needed, that travel is a good thing…

It was my imagination that needed correction, and nothing but travel could have produced this effect.

– Boswell

… that appalling disease, the terror of being at home…

– Baudelaire

… then came spring, the great time of travelling, and everyone in the scattered gang was getting ready to take one trip or another.

– Kerouac, On the Road

He found, on his arrival at Waldzell, a pleasure at homecoming such that he had never experienced before. He felt… that during his absence it had become even more lovely and interesting – or perhaps he was seeing it in a new perspective, having returned with the heightened powers of perception… “It seems to me,” he confided to his friend Tegularius… “that I have spent all my years here asleep… It is as though I have awakened , and can see everything sharply and clearly, bearing the stamp of reality.”

– Herman Heste, Magister Ludi

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time…

–  Eliot

Description itself is a kind of travel

– Mark Doby, ‘Two Ruined Boats’ from Atlantis

Why anyone should desire to got to Cheylard or to Luc is more than my inventing spirit can embrace. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go; I travel for travel’s sake. And to write about it afterwards, if only the public will be so condescending as to read. But the great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of life a little more nearly; to get down off this featherbed of civilisation and to find the globe gravel underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.

– Stevenson, Journal of the Cevennes


I am a part of all that I have met; 
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ 
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades 
For ever and forever when I move. 
– Tennyson, Ulysses
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