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    What more could one ask of a companion? To be forever new and yet forever steady, to be strange and familiar all at once, with enough change to quicken my mind, enough steadiness to give sanctuary to my heart. The books on my shelf never asked to come together and they would not trust or want to listen to one another. But each is a piece of a stained-glass whole, without which I wouldn't make sense to myself or to the world outside.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: heart  world  trust  forever  mind  book 
     
    I often think we're most happy when we forget the time.
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    tags: time 
     
    Any school would gain, if the students began the day with meditation, cleared their heads and got themselves centered.
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    tags: meditation  school 
     
    But it's only by having some distance from the world that you can see it whole, and understand what you should be doing with it.
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    tags: world 
     
    I think people's minds are going to have to assimilate in the sense that all the world is international now. The whole world has gone global. I think cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are the models of our future.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: future  world  gone  mind 
     
    Visiting a new town is like having a conversation. Places ask questions of you just as searchingly as you question them. And, as in any conversation, it helps to listen with an open mind, so you can be led somewhere unexpected. The more you leave assumptions at home, I've found, the better you can hear whatever it is that a destination is trying to say to you.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: help  questions  mind 
     
    Adventure today means finding one's way back to the silence and stillness of a thousand years ago.
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    tags: adventure  silence  year 
     
    Home is not just the place where you happen to be born. Its the place where you become yourself.
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    Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.
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    tags: travel 
     
    The more internationalism there is in the world, the more nationalism there will always be, as people feel scared of the Other streaming into their neighbourhood and don't always know where to lay their foundations in a world on the move.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: people  world 
     
    I would now put all my heart with the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause, but not at the expense of the Chinese, and not say that Tibetans are good and Chinese are bad. And in my own life, I hope I would learn to be a little less full of right and wrongs, and a little more able to see everything as a potential right.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: people  heart  right  potential  wrong  bad  learn  hope 
     
    Quitting, for me, means not giving up, but moving on; changing direction not because something doesn't agree with you, but because you don't agree with something. It's not a complaint, in other words, but a positive choice, and not a stop in one's journey, but a step in a better direction. Quitting-whether a job or a habit-means taking a turn so as to be sure you're still moving in the direction of your dreams.
    — Pico Iyer
    In an age of speed, I began to think nothing could be more exhilarating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
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    tags: age  attention 
     
    Silence is something more than just a pause; it is that enchanted place where space is cleared and time is stayed and the horizon itself expands. In silence, we often say, we can hear ourselves think; but what is truer to say is that in silence we can hear ourselves not think....In silence, we might better say, we can hear someone else think.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: time  silence  space 
     
    As soon as I began to talk to Dalai Lama, I realized that Chinese and Tibetans from his point of view are mostly the same. And as he pointed out during the recent disturbances, the Chinese are suffering under a tough government much as the Tibetans are.
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    Making a living and making a life sometimes point in opposite directions.
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    tags: living 
     
    Anybody who travels knows that you're not really doing so in order to move around - you're traveling in order to be moved. And really what you're seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you're sleepwalking through your daily life.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: travel  seeing  mood 
     
    For if every true love affair can feel like a journey to a foreign country, where you can't quite speak the language, and you don't know where you're going, and you're pulled ever deeper into the inviting darkness, every trip to a foreign country can be a love affair, where you're left puzzling over who you are and whom you've fallen in love with.
    — Pico Iyer
    And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: travel 
     
    In an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
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    tags: age 
     
    We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: time  travel  heart  world  young  eyes  learn  fools  ignorance 
     
    In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: age 
     
    Literally, when you wake up at 9 o'clock in the morning in Havana you don't know where you'll be at noon. But it's a safe guess that you'll either be married, arrested, or in the midst of some incredible transaction where somebody is stealing your passport or paying you in Dominican pesos for it, or whatever. It's a wild place.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: wild 
     
    The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.
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    ...home lies in the things you carry with you everywhere and not the ones that tie you down.
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    tags: lies 
     
    Destinations are less important than the spirit you bring to them.
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    tags: spirit 
     
    I think people like me are in a relatively privileged position because we have to some extent chosen to live in foreign places. I would always make the distinction between those who are exiles in terms of being thrown out of the place they want to be, and others who are exiles in terms of going toward a place they would rather be.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: people  live 
     
    Home is essentially a set of values you carry around with you and, like a turtle or a snail or whatever, home has to be something that is part of you and can be equally a part of you wherever you are. I think that not having a home is a good inducement to creating a metaphysical home and to being able to see it in more invisible ways.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: value 
     
    For more and more of us, home has less to do with a piece of soil than a piece of soul.
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    tags: soul 
     
    In a world full of shifting borders, everything is happening all at once in every possible direction.
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    tags: world 
     
    I think that foreignness is always with you. Indeed, I find California more foreign to me the longer I live here. In thirty years of living here on and off, it hasn't lost anything of foreignness. If anything, it has gained.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: living  live  lost  year 
     
    We may be joined these days more by the questions we have in common than by the answers we share.
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    tags: questions  shares 
     
    A comma . . . catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, turning in on itself and back on itself, reversing, redoubling, and returning along the course of its own sweet river music; while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a hostess arranging guests around her dinner table.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: thoughts  mind 
     
    Many people would say that A Tibetan monk, even in Lhasa, may be free while the ruler of China may not be free.
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    tags: people 
     
    In our appetite for gossip, we tend to gobble down everything before us, only to find, too late, that it is our ideals we have consumed, and we have not been enlarged by the feasts but only diminished.
    — Pico Iyer
    All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.
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    tags: wonder 
     
    Traveling is a way to reverse time, to a small extent, and make a day last a year - or at least forty-five hours - and traveling is an easy way of surrounding ourselves, as in childhood, with what we cannot understand.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: time  childhood  year 
     
    I like California because it still has the glamour and romanticism and exoticism of a very foreign place. It was the place that when I was young, I was raised on "I Love Lucy" and listening to the Grateful Dead and reading Jack Kerouac. They, to me, were all symbols of this very foreign sense of promise and movement. After all this time here I'm glad I still have it.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: time  young  listening  reading 
     
    Travel spins us round in two ways at once: It shows us the sights and values and issues that we might ordinarily ignore; but it also, and more deeply, shows us all the parts of ourselves that might otherwise grow rusty.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: travel  value 
     
    I love the fact that we can't explain coincidences. I think it's like sometimes you walk into a crowded room and you'll see a stranger and you feel as if you know her better than the friends that you came with. And the very fact that you can't explain it is what gives it its power, that it lies in some deeper or mysterious realm, I think.
    — Pico Iyer
    tags: power  friends  lies  facts 
     
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    pico iyer
    Birth    : February 11, 1957
    Occupation  : Essayist

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