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    Basically, what you find out is the limits of your patience and your strength and your capacity to adapt. You find that out in travel and being alone and being tested. So that's a great thing.
    — Paul Theroux
    I am happy being what I am.
    — Paul Theroux
    Going slowly [...] was the best way of being reminded that there is a relationship between Here and There, and that travel narrative was the story of There and Back.
    — Paul Theroux
    The more you write, the more you're capable of writing.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: writing  write 
     
    In a way, Che Guevara's fate was far worse than Simon Bolivar's. Guevara's collapse was complete: his intentions were forgotten, but his style was taken up by boutique owners (one of the fanciest clothes stores in London is called Che Guevara). There is no faster way of destroying a man or mocking his ideas than making him fashionable. That Che succeeded in influencing dress-designers was part of his tragedy.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: fate  men  tragedy  ideas 
     
    I like the idea of isolation, I like the idea of solitude. You can be connected and have a phone and still be lonely.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: solitude  ideas 
     
    Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel 
     
    I hate vacations. I hate them. I have no fun on them. I get nothing done. People sit and relax, but I don't want to relax. I want to see something.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: people  hate  fun 
     
    It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
    — Paul Theroux
    Travel is an attitude, a state of mind. It is not residence, it is motion.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  attitude  mind 
     
    Even if I were traveling with you, your trip would not be mine.
    — Paul Theroux
    Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.
    — Paul Theroux
    Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.
    — Paul Theroux
    Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: chance  fiction 
     
    There has to be a measure of difficulty or problem-solving in travel for it to be worthwhile.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel 
     
    Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  geography 
     
    Reading liberates you. You could know about the world through reading.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: world  reading 
     
    You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: time  people 
     
    Airplanes have dulled and desensitized us; we are encumbered, like lovers in a suit of armor.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: lover 
     
    Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  living 
     
    The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown.
    — Paul Theroux
    I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
    — Paul Theroux
    My love for traveling to islands amounts to a pathological condition known as nesomania, an obsession with islands. This craze seems reasonable to me, because islands are small self-contained worlds that can help us understand larger ones.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: world  help 
     
    Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation.
    — Paul Theroux
    What I find is that you can do almost anything or go almost anywhere, if you're not in a hurry.
    — Paul Theroux
    Home is always the impossible subject, multilayered and maddening.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: impossible 
     
    My greatest inspiration is memory.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: memory 
     
    Travel works best when you're forced to come to terms with the place you're in.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  work 
     
    The amount of hassle involved in travel can be overwhelming.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel 
     
    It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places.
    — Paul Theroux
    travel [is] flight and pursuit in equal parts.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel 
     
    Everyone had an opinion and no one had a solution.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: opinion 
     
    The lust of the eye. The best photographs were, to me, like an experience of drowning.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: experience  lust  eyes 
     
    The man who is tired of London is tired of looking for a parking space
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: men  space 
     
    Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night's sleep, and strangers' monologues framed like Russian short stories.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: sleep  night  stories 
     
    Now and then in travel, something unexpected happens that transforms the whole nature of the trip and stays with the traveler.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  nature 
     
    All places, no matter where, no matter what, are worth visiting.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: worth 
     
    It is fatal to know too much at the outcome: boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is over certain of his plot.
    — Paul Theroux
    Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours.
    — Paul Theroux
    Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don't know and trusting them with your life.
    — Paul Theroux
    tags: travel  people  kindness 
     
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