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Famous Travel Quotes

I have a friend who is on the fence on whether to travel or not. I would like to text her a quote a day to try and motivate her husband and her to take a trip. I need your help. If you have a favorite quote, could you post it?

Two of my favorite quotes are:

"Travel is fatal to bigotry and narrow-mindedness"
Mark Twain

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd.

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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”

― Freya Stark

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"The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page."
St. Augustine

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To keep us humble, there is this line from Elvis Costello's song "God's Comic" :

"I'm going to take a little trip
down Paradise's endless shores
They say that travel broadens the mind,
'til you can't get your head out of doors"

which reminds us that there are more things in the heavens and upon the earth, dear friends,
than anyplace else.

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From the crotchety uncle who hated travel, in "Pursuit of Love", by Nancy Mitford, "Bloody Abroad!"

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It's gift-giving season, what about a page-a-day calendar about travel . . .

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." -Anonymous

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It's ok to regret traveling anywhere. It is not ok to regret not traveling anywhere.

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Two of my favs:
"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet." – Rachel Wolchin

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

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"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu
Maybe you could convince them to start with a short trip to an English speaking country.

Also, "Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien

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"To move to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give.
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live."
Hans Christian Andersen
The Fairy Tale of My Life

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The British poet's (Wordsworth or Browning?) famous line "O to be in England, now that April's there."

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I took Nancy's advice, and checked out that older thread. I think these two resonate. May not do for your friend, yosemite1, but there are lessons there nonetheless:

"Travelers never think that they are the foreigners." Mason Cooley

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." – James Michener

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I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list !

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“Paris is always a good idea.”
Audrey Hepburn

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I did up a square canvas with a black and white photo I took at Yosemite with the quote - 'I want to travel across the world, and breathe the air of new places'. Of all the quotes, this one makes me 'yearn' the most.

It was the very first thing I sold at the Xmas craft show I attended! I may have to do up a few for next year.

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“The mountains are calling, and I must go. . . . “.

John Muir

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Oh, Lola...and that's exactly why (although I do love traveling) I live in Colorado!

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“Paris is always a good idea.”

I so agree with this quote, one of my favorites. I'm not sure it should be attributed to Audrey Hepburn, but rather to Samuel A Taylor, the writer of the play "Sabrina Fair", from which the movie was adapted. The line is spoken by the character Sabrina Fairchild, played by Audrey Hepburn.

Don't mean this as an insult any poster but I'm a stickler for correctly attributing quotes.

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From dear Audrey Hepburn as Princess Anna in Roman Holiday:


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"Saigon, sh$t, I'm still only in Saigon. Every time I think I'm gonna wake up in the jungle." -- Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) in Apocalypse Now.

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"We shall not cease from exploration, 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

This made a world of sense after returning to CA in 1975 from a year camping in Europe in a VW van.

And then there's this chestnut:

"There's no place like home." -
Phrase used by Dorothy when clicking the heels of her red ruby slippers three times at the end of her Oz adventures.

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"I have been in twenty countries and the only one where American tourist are welcomed wholeheartedly by everyone is in Ireland"
--- August 2, 1926. by Will Rogers

This was in my Tulsa World newspaper after I returned from my 1st RS tour in August 2014 on the 14 day Best of Ireland.


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This may not qualify as a travel quote, but I've always loved the sentiment:

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as young man
then wherever you go, for the rest of your life, it stays with you,
for Paris is a moveable feast.

Ernest Hemingway

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I always keep the following Mark Twain quote in mind when someone asks to travel with me: "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." The quote really deserves several exclamation marks after it!