Paul Theroux Quotes

17 Paul Theroux quotes:

"Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going."
"Travel is glamorous only in retrospect."
"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."
"Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind."
"Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing."
"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace."
"I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better."
"It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled."
"The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume."
"The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness."
"The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate's career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter."
Author: Theroux Quotes Category: Country Quotes Exile Quotes
"Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us."
"Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves."
"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."
Author: Theroux Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Irish Quotes
"The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity."
"The kind of travel I do is a reaction to that. Instead of going to meet gorillas or Bhutan, I prefer to go [my own way] and do things the wealthy wouldn't dare to do."
Author: Theroux Quotes Category: Travel Quotes
"It is the simplest fact of Indian life: there are too many Indians"
Author: Theroux Quotes Category: Life Quotes

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