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“I feel, sometimes, like I have a map in my pocket that folds up, and I pull it out, and it’s bigger than the table, and there’s a thousand places to go with her.”

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source: Interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, October 31, 2011. [full transcript here]

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“The great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open.”

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source: Moby Dick (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 5.

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“Make voyages!—Attempt them!—there’s nothing else!”

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source: Camino Real (New York: New Directions, 2008), 60.

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“One day Mr. Mallard decided he’d like to take a trip to see what the rest of the river was like, further on. So off he set.”

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source: Make Way for Ducklings (New York: Viking, 1941).

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“Nothing that year was sweeter than buying villagers we liked a pastis with money we earned working their land. If you can work in Provence, even for a single day, you should do it.”

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source: “Surrendering to Provence,” in A New York Memoir (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2010), 46.

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“I should be used to the way Americans dress when traveling, yet still it manages to amaze me. It’s as if the person next to you had been washing shoe polish off a pig, then suddenly threw down his sponge, saying, ‘Fuck this. I’m going to Los Angeles.'”

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source: “Standing By,” The New Yorker, August 9, 2010, 33–35.

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“Will I ever get home? It is like looking down a tremendous ski jump. The bottom is not so far away in time, but in effort and all one has to give to it, such a mighty jump.”

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source: Locked Rooms and Open Doors: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1933–1935 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974), 127.

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notes: diary entry dated Saturday, October 21, 1933

“Perhaps it goes without saying that I believe in the geographic cure. Of course you can’t out-travel sadness. You will find it has smuggled itself along in your suitcase. It coats the camera lens, it flavors the local cuisine. In that different sunlight, it stands out, awkward, yours, honking in the brash vowels of your native tongue in otherwise quiet restaurants. You may even feel proud of its stubbornness as it follows you up the bell towers and monuments, as it pants in your ear while you take in the view. I travel not to get away from my troubles but to see how they look in front of famous buildings or on deserted beaches. I take them for walks. Sometimes I get them drunk. Back at home we generally understand each other better.”

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source: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008), 132.

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“A traveler is to be reverenced as such. His profession is the best symbol of our life. Going from — toward — ; it is the history of every one of us.”

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source: Diary entry dated July 2, 1851, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Vol 6 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1884), 276.

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“Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen. Each day had a tranquility, a timelessness, about it, so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us, glossy and colourful as a child’s transfer and with the same tinge of unreality.”

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source: My Family and Other Animals (New York: Penguin Books, 2004), 26.

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“Halfway up the slope, guarded by a group of tall, slim cypress trees, nestled a small strawberry-pink villa, like some exotic fruit lying in the greenery. The cypress trees undulated gently in the breeze, as if they were busily painting the sky a still brighter blue for our arrival.”

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source: My Family and Other Animals (New York: Penguin Books, 2004), 16.

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“We continually forgot the two golden rules of argument-free road tripping: eat when hungry; nap when tired.”

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source: Summers with Juliet (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992), 49.

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“…it seems we may best be able to inhabit a place when we are not faced with the additional challenge of having to be there.”

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source: The Art of Travel (New York: Vintage International, 2004), 23.

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“The reason to travel: there are inner transitions we can’t properly cement without a change of locations.”

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source: Twitter, 9:03 AM Apr 12, 2010 via web

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“Books are the greatest companions, confessors, confidantes, tutors, a source of pleasure, a cure for loneliness, and to find one, in the middle of an island in Tahiti, in the heart of the Moroccan desert, or at an airport where one is stranded for a night, is to find the friend who reminds us we are not alone.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol 7, 1966–1974) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), 104.

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notes: Fall, 1969 entry in Nin's diary

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