The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
-James A. Michener
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Not all those who wander are lost.
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the RingsIf you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
-Haruki Murakami, Norwegian WoodSell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
-William Shakespeare, HamletThose who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
The journey I'm taking is inside of me. Just like blood travels down veins, what I'm seeing is my inner self and what seems threatening is just the echo of the fear in my heart.
-Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the ShoreThe fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
-Benjamin Franklin Wade
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Down the valley, the green oasis fades into wind-swept sand dunes, dunes like those seen in Arabia, but smaller and bounded by the mountains. The shrubs and tufts of grass obey no sharp boundary with the dunes, but rather meander into and out of the neighboring ecosystem. Sand and camels at 12,000 feet, ranges away from the sea, but once upon a time...
valley -- strange worlds squeezed
between two mountains