Cultural Wayfaring

“…I have often been tempted to put forth the paradox that any place is good enough to live a life in, while it is only in a few, and those highly favored, that we can pass a few hours agreeably. For, if we only stay long enough, we become at home in the neighborhood. Reminiscences spring up, like flowers, about uninteresting corners. We forget to some degree the superior loveliness of other places, and fall into a tolerant and sympathetic spirit which is its own reward and justification.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Pocket R.L.S. Being Favourite Passages From the Works of Stevenson, 1908

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“… you don’t ever really need a good reason to go anywhere; rather, go to a place for whatever happens when you get there.”

Rolf PottsVagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

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“‘My poor, dear boy!’ observed Glenalmond. ‘My poor, dear and, if you will allow me to say so, very foolish boy! You are only discovering where you are; to one of your temperament, or mine, a painful discovery. The world was not made for us; it was made for ten hundred millions of me, all different from each other and from us; there’s no royal road, we just have to sclamber and tumble.'”

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Pocket R.L.S. Being Favourite Passages From the Works of Stevenson, 1908

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“The grown-ups advised me to put away my drawings of boa constrictors, outside or inside, and apply myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. This is why I abandoned, at the age of six, a magnificent career as an artist. I had been discouraged by the failure of my drawing Number One and of my drawing Number Two. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince, 1943; translated by Richard Howard, 2000

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“But we are all travellers in what John Bunyan calls the wilderness of this world – all, too, travellers with a donkey; and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend. He is a fortunate voyager who finds many. We travel, indeed, to find them. They are the end and the reward of life. They keep us worthy of ourselves; and when we are alone, we are only nearer to the absent.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Pocket R.L.S. Being Favourite Passages From the Works of Stevenson, 1908 (p. 181)

An account of one Peace Corps Volunteer's life in Moldova