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Ten great travel phrases

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Posted: 2006-12-30 09:13:00   

Thanks to the great phrase of Ibn Battuta supplied to me just this sunny morning in Barcelona by Globo member Hieronyma that impressed me very much, I have checked other comments in Globo “about me” member chapters that have be inspired me to open this forum.

There must be many more interesting phrases. I invite other members to add the most relevant ones to lift our travel moral and make us prepare our backpack to travel… "N'importe où! n'importe où! pourvu que ce soit hors de ce monde!"

(Sorry for the translation. Some of the phrases I have translated from Spanish quickly this morning while taking my hot chocolate with churros at home):

1 - Saint Agustin from Hipona: The world is like a book. Those who do not travel only read one page.

2 - Ib'n Battuta: "He who does not travel does not know the value of men."

3 - Charles Baudelaire: Free man, you will always love the sea.

4 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, el Papa Juan XXIII:

Life of man is a pilgrimage. We make a pause of a few years in this world, but after that, our soul again returns to pilgrimage.

5 - Robert Louis Stevenson. 'To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.'

6 - Wojciech Dabroswki (great Polish contemporary traveller and Globo member): You can loose everything, but nobody will take away what did you see and what did you experience...

7 - Daniel Serralta (great Catalan contemporary traveller and Globo member with a very promising future):

What's the sense of this life??

Ever looking for an answer ... travelling a lot, everywhere, experiences, adventures, people, cultures... Cause there's something in us, deep inside us, the passion for life, the excitement of the discover, go higher, go further, go deeper, do the impossible, see what others just can dream ...

8 - Samuel Johnson "As the Spanish proverb says, 'He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.' So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge."

9 - Friedrich Nietzsche:

Go, go traveller, Go ahead!

You have not yet discovered man.

Still many countries and many seas to see…

Who knows who you will find?

Maybe you will find yourself!

10 - Konstantino Kavafis:

As you set out for Ithaka

hope your road is a long one,

full of adventure, full of discovery.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:

you'll never find things like that one on your way

as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,

as long as a rare excitement

stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them

unless you bring them along inside your soul,

unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.

May there be many summer mornings when,

with what pleasure, what joy,

you enter harbours you're seeing for the first time;

may you stop at Phoenician trading stations

to buy fine things,

mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

sensual perfumes of every kind -

as many sensual perfumes as you can;

and may you visit many Egyptian cities

to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.

Arriving there is what you're destined for.

But don't hurry the journey at all.

Better if it lasts for years,

so you're old by the time you reach the island,

wealthy with all you've gained on the way,

not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey.

Without her you wouldn't have set out.

She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.

Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,

you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.


Just my two ducados (old Spanish silver coin)

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Posted: 2006-12-30 11:47:00   

John Donne. "Change", 1635: "To Live In One Country Is Captivity".

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey: "The great affair is to move, to feel the needs and the hitches of life more nearly; to come down off this feather bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot, and strewn with cutting flints."

"To Live In One Country Is Captivity", John Donne, "Change", 1635

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Posted: 2006-12-30 13:47:00   

A very interesting collection of wisdom. Thanks!


Rudolf "Rangutan" Graspointner

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Posted: 2007-01-01 21:57:00   

Robert Frost, from The Road Not Taken:

Two roads diverged in a wood

And I took the one less traveled by

And that has made all the difference.

George Carlin: Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Maya Angelou: Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure.

Mark Twain: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. Profile Pic: Tikal, Guatemala

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Posted: 2007-02-04 07:44:00   

Jean Paul: Only a journey is life, as reverse, life is a journey.

(My translation)

J.W.Goethe: Who doesn't know his vaterland has no criterion for foreign countries.

(My translation)


"To Live In One Country Is Captivity", John Donne, "Change", 1635

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