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All Quotes by author - Paul Theroux
" Africa is really a place for the wealthy traveler. It's got some nice hotels, but they're very expensive hotels. It doesn't really cater to the backpacker or to the overland traveler. "
" A gun show is about like-minded people who feel as if everything has been taken away from them - jobs, money, pride. "
" A journey awakens all our old fears of danger and risk. Your life is on the line. You are living by your own resources; you have to find your own way and solve every problem on the road. "
" Although I'm not fluent in sign language by a long way, I could have a fairly decent conversation. "
" An island is a fixed and finite piece of geography, and usually the whole place has been carved up and claimed. "
" A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form. "
" Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night's sleep, and strangers' monologues framed like Russian short stories. "
" A place that doesn't welcome tourists, that's really difficult and off the map, is a place I want to see. "
" A travel book is a book that puts you in the shoes of the traveler, and it's usually a book about having a very bad time; having a miserable time, even better. "
" 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. "
" Because of my capacity for listening to strangers' tales, or the details of their lives, my patience with their food and their crotchets, my curiosity that borders on nosiness, I am told that anyone traveling with me experiences an unbelievable tedium, and this is why I choose to travel alone. "
" 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. "
" Dentists seem to me very orderly, businesslike people who appear to become somewhat bored with the routine of their work after a period of time. Perhaps I'm wrong. "
" Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. "
" Everything is fiction. You only have your own life to work with in the way that a biographer only has the letters and journals to work with. "
" Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind. "
" Fiction gives us the second chances that life denies us. "
" Fiction writing, and the reading of it, and book buying, have always been the activities of a tiny minority of people, even in the most-literate societies. "
" Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation. "
" 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. "
" Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus, Graham Greene - they influenced my life to a profound extent. "
" I am happy being what I am. "
I Am Happy
" I believe I have a sunny disposition, and am not naturally a grouch. It takes a lot of optimism, after all, to be a traveler. "
" I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better. "
" I can't predict how reading habits will change. But I will say that the greatest loss is the paper archive - no more a great stack of manuscripts, letters, and notebooks from a writer's life, but only a tiny pile of disks, little plastic cookies where once were calligraphic marvels. "
" I do not want to be young again. "
" I don't look down on tourism. I live in Hawaii where we have 7 million visitors a year. If they weren't there, there would be no economy. So I understand why a tourist economy is necessary. "
" I don't think I've ever seen a person having a serious conversation on a cellphone. It's like a kiddie thing, a complete time waster. "
" I feel as if my mission is to write, to see, to observe, and I feel lazy if I'm not reaching conclusions. I feel stupid. I feel as if I'm wasting my time. "
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