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“Being alive is so extraordinary I don’t know why people limit it to riches, pride, security—all of those things life is built on. People miss so much because they want money and comfort and pride, a house and a job to pay for the house. And they have to get a car. You can’t see anything from a car. It’s moving too fast. People take vacations. That’s their reward—the vacation. Why not the life?”

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source: “Jack Gilbert, The Art of Poetry No. 91,” interviewed by Ted Widmer, in Issue 175 of The Paris Review, Fall/Winter 2005.

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“I was raised by my father on the doctrine that, for busy people, there is ‘no such thing as a convenient time for a vacation.’ That being so—my father deduced—take a vacation exactly when you want to; and let the chips fall where they will, since chips are going to fall in any case.”

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source: Airborne (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976), 53.

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notes: Airborne is Buckley's description of his sail across the Atlantic with his son and five friends.

“It amazes me that most people spend more time planning next summer’s vacation than they do planning the rest of their lives.”

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source: Get What You Want! (Executive Books, 1998).

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medium: self-help

“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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