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Paul Theroux Quotes

A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs - Dog Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure - Funny Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
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I loathe blogs when I look at them. Blogs look, to me, illiterate. They look hasty, like someone babbling.  (Paul Theroux Quotes) I have always felt that the truth is prophetic, and that if you describe precisely what you see and give it life with your imagination, then what you write ought to have lasting value, no matter what the mood of your prose.  (Paul Theroux Quotes) The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Travel works best when you're forced to come to terms with the place you're in  (Paul Theroux Quotes) When I began to make some money, I really wanted to have a home  (Paul Theroux Quotes) 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  (Paul Theroux Quotes) I think that love isn’t what you think it is when you’re in your twenties or even thirties  (Paul Theroux Quotes) You may not know it but I’m no good at coping with all the attention in the luxury hotels I sometimes find myself in  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Travel is an attitude, a state of mind. It is not residence, it is motion  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Writing... is practically the only activity a person can do that is not competitive  (Paul Theroux Quotes) The pleasure a reader gets is often equal to the pleasure a writer is given  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours  (Paul Theroux Quotes) 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 Quotes) Even the most distant and exotic place has its parallel in ordinary life  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Yonder were mountains: The sunlight revealed their tiny heads and wide shoulders, craggy and purple, with small black trees, delicate as eyelashes, on their slopes  (Paul Theroux Quotes) A travel book is about someone who goes somewhere, travels on the ground, sees something and spends quite a lot of time doing it, and has a hard time, and then comes back and writes about it. It's not about inventing  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books. I wouldn't say that I'm a travel novelist but rather a novelist who travels - and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places  (Paul Theroux Quotes) 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 Quotes) Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation  (Paul Theroux Quotes) If you're a misanthrope you stay at home. There are certain writers who really don't like other people. I'm not like that, I don't think  (Paul Theroux Quotes) The people of Hong Kong are criticized for only being interested in business, but it's the only thing they've been allowed to do  (Paul Theroux Quotes) 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 Quotes) Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Nothing to me is so erotic as a hotel room, and therefore so penetrated with life and death  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Painters strike me as having warm uncomplicated friendships and probably more natural generosity than the practitioners of any other art. Perhaps this is because painting is such a portable, flexible thing  (Paul Theroux Quotes) Painters paint outdoors, or in rooms full of people; they paint their lovers, alone, naked; they paint and eat; they paint and listen to the radio. It is a soothing way of doing your job  (Paul Theroux Quotes) I hate vacations. I hate them. I have no fun on them. I get nothing done. People sit and relax, but I don’t want to relax. I want to see something  (Paul Theroux Quotes) The worst thing that can happen to you in travel is having a gun pointed at you by a very young person. That’s happened to me maybe four times in my life. I didn’t like it  (Paul Theroux Quotes)
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