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Paul Theroux Quotes and Sayings

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Tourists don't know where they've been,
travelers don't know where they're going.
- Paul Theroux

Related topics: Travel

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
- Paul Theroux

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that
it can make us love life and value it with such passion
that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
- Paul Theroux

 

The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.
- Paul Theroux

It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
- Paul Theroux

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you
will never be asked to do a thing.
- Paul Theroux

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There are probably more annoying things than being
hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish
rock star in a cowboy hat,
but I can't think of one at the moment.
- Paul Theroux

Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.
- Paul Theroux

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
- Paul Theroux

Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation,
and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.
- Paul Theroux

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.
- Paul Theroux

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them
indistinguishable from rudeness.
- Paul Theroux

The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume.
- Paul Theroux

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
- Paul Theroux

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
- Anatole Broyard

The tourist may complain of other tourists,
but he would be lost without them.
- Agnes Repplier

Carloads of tourists would photograph the family mailbox,
and there was weird mail, death threats.
- Henry Thomas

The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.
- Sam Ewing

I represent central Florida, which depends on tourists
for its economic survival.
We need people to be able to get to the State and enjoy it.
- Corrine Brown

After I convinced them that I was a harmless novelist,
I actually got them to give me a tour of the harem -
which is usually off limits for tourists.
- Dorothy Dunnett

Yeah, I had an idea to make a very scary movie,
based on a kind of serial murderer that preys on tourists.
- Brian De Palma

In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion,
whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.
- Robert Runcie

The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now.
There's not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what's being offered.
- John Lithgow

With everything it has to offer, Las Vegas is an obvious
destination for tourists,
as proven by the over 40 million visitors the city welcomes per year.
- Jon Porter

Since both its national products, snow and chocolate,
melt, the cuckoo clock was invented solely in order
to give tourists something solid to remember it by.
- Alan Coren

I quit flying years ago.
I don't want to die with tourists.
- Billy Bob Thornton

I am leaving the town to the invaders:
increasingly numerous,
mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.
- Brigitte Bardot

I have come to the conclusion that the major part of
the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts
of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town.
- William Howard Taft

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other
tourists recognize you as a tourist.
- Russell Baker

But the Spain which emerged around 1960,
beginning with its economic miracle,
created by the invasion of tourists,
can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the
part of its intellectuals,
and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals.
- Juan Goytisolo

To supply people for ages in camps makes no sense...
you have to rebuild that cabana that they rent out
to tourists on the weekend.
They need help getting their fields repaired and their boats repaired.
- Sam Worthington

There's no way New Orleans will ever be the city it was.
I think it will have half the population.
They may create a sort of Disneyland at the French Quarter for tourists.
The rest I don't know.
- Geraldo Rivera

The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife,
actually, was an effort to put something on the mall
in Washington so American tourists could walk through America,
and in their minds everything on the mall would be American.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

We are each other's seventh largest trading partner,
we are the fifth largest investor there and likewise,
we have a lot of exchanges between political leaders,
businessmen, tourists and school children too.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

It's tourists in New York.
Everything is geared towards that.
It's so hard on Broadway now for them to get people in there.
They have to compete with so many other entertainments,
so they have to bring a star in which puts people there out of work.
- Delta Burke

I did not feel 'evil' when I wrote advertisements for Puerto Rico.
They helped attract industry and tourists to a country
which had been living on the edge of starvation for 400 years.
- David Ogilvy

The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues.
The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it,
with what they have, where they are.
- Robert Fulghum

How many people have a family grave in the backyard?
I'm sure I'll end up there,
or I'll shrink my head and put it in a glass box in the living room.
I'll get more tourists to Graceland that way.
- Lisa Marie Presley

Prayer for many is like a foreign land.
When we go there, we go as tourists.
Like most tourists, we feel uncomfortable and out of place.
Like most tourists, we therefore move on before too
long and go somewhere else.
- Robert McAfee Brown

The People's Republic of China has not yet reached
the military might of the Soviet Empire.
It requires a little more time and a little more infusion of Western aid,
loans, technology and the hard currency of our tourists.
- Barbara Amiel

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce


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