Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Things to Say When You're Leaving Town Instead of "Fuck This Place"

The only problems worth having are the ones worth running from. That's ComedyandPolitics' new original quote. Unless that came from somewhere we can't remember. The rest of these quotes are for everyone traveling for Thanksgiving, compiled from these two lists. The song embedded song above is Radar Love, by Golden Earring. That song just sounds like the highway.

“When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.” – Edward Dahlberg

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” - Jack Kerouac

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” - Freya Stark

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxley

“Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.” – Blaise Pascal

“Clay lies still, but blood’s a rover / Breath’s aware that will not keep. / Up, lad: when the journey’s over there’ll be time enough to sleep.” – A. E. Housman

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” – William Least Heat Moon

“Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.” – Charles Dickens

“Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience, and the best travelers… seem to be those able to hold two or three inconsistent ideas in their minds at the same time, or able to regard themselves as at once serious persons and clowns.” – Paul Fussell

“The autumn leaves are falling like rain / Although my neighbors are all barbarians / And you, you are a thousand miles away / There are always two cups at my table.” – T’ang dynasty poem

“It’s a battered old suitcase and a hotel someplace and a wound that will never heal.” – Tom Waits

“It is solved by walking.” – Algerian proverb

“What am I doing here?” – Arthur Rimbaud, writing home from Ethiopia

And, most importantly,

“An involuntary return to the point of departure is, without doubt, the most disturbing of all journeys.” – Iain Sinclair

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