Airplanes have dulled and desensitized us; we are encumbered, like lovers in a suit of armor.
All politicians, even the most idealistic ones, are looking for money, sucking up to rich people.
Animal lovers often tend to be misanthropes or loners, and so they transfer their affection to the creature in their control.
Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation- experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.
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.
Even the most distant and exotic place has its parallel in ordinary life.
Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
Fogeydom is the last bastion of the bore and reminiscence is its anthem. It is futile to want the old days back, but that doesn't mean one should ignore the lessons of the visitable past.
Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.
Home is always the impossible subject, multilayered and maddening.
I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
It's only when you're alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources.
Men in their late 50s often make very bad decisions.
One thing about cold weather: it brings out the statistician in everyone.
Photographers are failed painters.
The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.
The measure of civilized behavior is compassion.
The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.
There is no faster way of destroying a man, or mocking his ideas, than making him fashionable.
There's always a way if you're not in a hurry.
Tightfisted people are as mean with friendship as they are with cash- suspicious, unbelieving, and incurious.
Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.
Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost always an inner experience.
Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion.
Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life.
Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
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're grateful.
You go away for a long time and return a different person- you never come all the way back.
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