Quotes

“I think one has to understand, not as theory, not as a speculative, entertaining concept, but rather as an actual fact – that we are the world and the world is us; to feel that, to be really committed to it and nothing else, brings about a feeling of great responsibility and an action that must not be fragmentary, but whole.” J.Kishnamurti, The Awakening of Intelligence

“Education is not till you are 21, but till you die. Life is a like a river, it is always in movement, never still. It is alive. If one holds to a part of the river and thinks one understands, then it is like holding dead water. For the river goes by and if we cannot flow with it, one is left behind. Can one watch the movements of the river? Can one see things happening on the riverbank, can one understand, be faced with what is life?” J.Krishnamurti

“If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, “I’m a free man in here” – he tapped his forehead – “and you’re all right.” George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

“The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes.” George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Anais Nin

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert

“A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.” Ryszard Kapuściński

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jahwaharlal Nehru

“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.” John Steinbeck

““Every hundred feet the world changes”. Roberto Bolaño, 2666

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning….And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart

“The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a fucking tourist.” Guillermo del Toro

“Whither will my path yet lead me? This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.” Herman Hesse, Siddharta

“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 finally felt myself lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure toward worlds I envisaged would be stranger than they were, into situations I imagined would be much more normal than they turned out to be.” Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries

“One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.” Erich Fromm

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” Erich Fromm

“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane….It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas and feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing on reason or mental health.”  Erich Fromm

‘Modern man exhibits an amazing lack of realism for all that matters. For the meaning of life and death, for happiness and suffering, for feeling and serious thought. He has covered up the whole reality of human existence and replaced it with his artificial, prettified picture of pseudo-reality, not too different from the savages [sic] who lost their land and freedom for glittering glass beads.’ Erich Fromm

“If other people do not understand our behavior—so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us. If this is being “asocial” or “irrational” in their eyes, so be it. Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves. We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them. How many lives have been ruined by this need to “explain,” which usually implies that the explanation be “understood,” i.e. approved. Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself—to his reason and his conscience—and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.” Erich Fromm, The Art of Living

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