Favourite Quotes

“I am a seagull, of no land,
I call no shore my home,
I am bound to no place,
I fly from wave to wave.”
~ Empress Elisabeth of Austria, North Sea Songs 7, 1885

“Destinations are only desirable because a journey lies in between. If I arrived somewhere and knew that I would never leave again, even a sojourn in paradise would turn into hell for me.” ~ Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898)

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” ~ Andre Gide

“You know, I’ve seen 30,000 sunsets, and no two that I can remember have ever been the same. What more can we possibly want?” ~ Fup by Jim Dodge

“Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.” ~ Woody Allen, Manhattan

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

“There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing places yourself and making your own version of the classic shot.” ~ Richard I’Anson, Travel Photography (Lonely Planet)

“One person’s back yard is another’s dream destination.” ~ Richard I’Anson, Travel Photography (Lonely Planet)

“I wouldn’t like to live in America but sometimes I would
I’d love to live on the Boulevard St Germain but sometimes I wouldn’t
I wouldn’t like to live on a coral reef but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a dungeon but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in the East but sometimes I would
I love living in France but sometimes I don’t
I’d love to live in Greenland but not for too long
I’d like to live to a hundred but sometimes I wouldn’t
I wouldn’t like to live in Issoudun but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live on a junk but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a ksar but sometimes I would
I’d have loved to go in a lunar module but it’s a bit late
I wouldn’t like to live in a monastery but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live at the Hotel Negresco but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in the open air but sometimes I would
I love living in Paris but sometimes I don’t
I wouldn’t like to live in Quebec but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live by my own resources but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a submarine but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a tower but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live with Ursula Andress but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a village but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like to live in a wigwam but sometimes I would
I’d love to live in Xanadu but not for ever
I wouldn’t like to live in the Yonne but sometimes I would
I wouldn’t like us all to live in Zanzibar but sometimes I would”
~ Georges Perec, On the Difficulty of Imagining an Ideal City

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