Posts tagged ‘journeys’



It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry, “Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms” (1982)


a man must travel

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.

Lord Byron, letter to the poet Thomas Moore (1820)



A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you’ve been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

Shana Alexander, The Feminine Eye, “Overcuddle and Megalull” (1967)


high time

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)



Civilization, as we know it, is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.

Arnold J. Toynbee, Civilization on Trial (1948)



Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will—whatever we may think.

Lawrence Durrell, Bitter Lemons (1957)


sole survivors

Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.

John le Carré, The New York Times, “The Chancellor Who Agreed to Play Counterspy,” (1974)

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