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Pico Iyer Quotes

I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want
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I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
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Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
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I think Dalai Lama efforts have been heroic  (Pico Iyer Quotes) The beauty of being foreign is that it snaps you awake  (Pico Iyer Quotes) You can only make sense of the online world by going offline and by getting the wisdom and emotional clarity to know how to make the best use of the Internet  (Pico Iyer Quotes) But it’s only by having some distance from the world that you can see it whole, and understand what you should be doing with it  (Pico Iyer Quotes) My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Nothing makes me feel better - calmer, clearer and happier - than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Like the moon on the water, in a way. When you confront a Zen master, what you’re really seeing are not his limitations but yours  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Anybody who travels knows that you’re not really doing so in order to move around - you’re traveling in order to be moved. And really what you’re seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Its no coincidence that the word holiday suggests a holy day, or that the longest book in the Torah concerns the Sabbath. If you wish to advance in any sphere, the best way is to take a retreat  (Pico Iyer Quotes) For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul. If somebody suddenly asks me, Wheres your home? I think about my sweetheart or my closest friends or the songs that travel with me wherever I happen to be  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Wherever we are, any time of night or day, our bosses, junk-mailers, our parents can get to us. Sociologists have actually found that in recent years Americans are working fewer hours than 50 years ago, but we feel as if we’re working more. We have more and more time-saving devices, but sometimes, it seems, less and less time  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Writing is how I find out what I believe and what I care most deeply about. It’s how I sort through the mess of daily experience and try to make sense of it - by stepping out of it for a while. Writing is how I train a searchlight into the darker corners of my self and the world, as I’m sure I’d never do otherwise  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Yet [Dalai Lama] has said very strongly that basic freedoms of thought and speech have to be respected in Tibet and they’re not at the moment. Tolerance doesn’t mean accepting what’s unfair  (Pico Iyer Quotes) In the two-room flat where I live in Japan, I try to take time every day to step away from the bombardment of e-mails and opportunities and papers around my desk, for an hour, and just sit on our 30-inch terrace in the sun, reading something sustaining, whether ‘The Age of Innocence’ or the latest by Colm Toibin.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) The recipe to an unhappy life in Japan is to want to be Japanese if you are not. Anyone who wants to penetrate the country is setting themselves up for tears and disappointment.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) It’s an old principle, as old as the Buddha or Marcus Aurelius: We need at times to step away from our lives in order to put them in perspective. Especially if we wish to be productive.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) We readily go to the health club when our doctor suggests we need more exercise, but we regularly neglect the ‘mental health club’ that our well-being more truly requires.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) One of the happier ironies of recent history is that even as Tibet is being wiped off the map in Tibet itself, here it is in California, in Switzerland, in Japan. All over the world, Tibetan Buddhism is now part of the neighborhood. In 1968, there were two Tibetan Buddhist centers in the West. By 2000, there were 40 in New York alone.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) I can still remember the afternoon, on my 15th birthday, when I opened up ‘The Virgin and the Gypsy,’ D.H. Lawrence’s novella, in my tiny cell in boarding school, and whole worlds of possibility opened out that I had never guessed existed. The language was on fire and sang of liberation.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) If I was a parent or a kid, I would need a cell phone, and those things are invaluable, but my kids are out of the house now, and I am thrilled when I wake up to not have a cell phone, and feel like today is stretching out in front of me for 1,000 hours, as it seems.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) We can’t change the world except insofar as we change the way we look at the world - and, in fact, any one of us can make that change, in any direction, at any moment.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) We all know how we can be turned around by a magic place; that’s why we travel, often. And yet we all know, too, that the change cannot be guaranteed. Travel is a fool’s paradise, Emerson reminded us, if we think that we can find anything far off that we could not find at home.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) A book doesn’t have to be a literary classic, of course, to change us forever  (Pico Iyer Quotes) When we are kids, we imagine that to define ourselves or to find ourselves means charting your own individuality, making your own destiny, and actually running away from your parents and your home and what you grew up with. Of course, as the years go on, we come to find that we become our parents.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) I think of myself as living so much outside borders or old categories that I choose as my leaders U2, the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, Sigur Ros, Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, and the girl next door. By definition, in short, my leaders are the ones who think in terms larger, and more intimate, than any country.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) Gandhi or Bishop Tutu or the Dalai Lama. I think they’re really embodiments of what we aspire to and, by keeping them in our heads, we’re reminding ourselves of who we could be. That’s what we’re hoping to climb up towards.  (Pico Iyer Quotes) More and more of us feel like emergency-room physicians, permanently on call, required to heal ourselves but unable to find the prescription for all the clutter on our desk.  (Pico Iyer Quotes)
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