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All Quotes by author - Robyn Davidson
" After thirty years of being 'the camel lady,' believe me: One becomes inured to the spotlight. "
" As we've lost this idea of pilgrimage, we've lost this idea of human beings walking for a very, very long time. It does change you. "
" As you get older, you do just get tired. "
" At the age of 25, I gave up my study of Japanese language and culture at university in Brisbane and moved to the town of Alice Springs. "
" Australia's arid western region, from the town of Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean coast, is a beautiful, haunting, but largely empty land. Dominated by the harsh, almost uninhabited Great Sandy and Gibson deserts, the region is known only to Australian Aborigines, a handful of white settlers, and the few travelers who motor across it. "
" By taking to the road, we free ourselves of baggage, both physical and psychological. We walk back to our original condition, to our best selves. "
" Camels are still trained in Alice Springs for tourist jaunts and for occasional sale to Australia's zoos. "
" Camels are wonderful animals. Witty, intelligent and sensitive. "
" During these last ten thousand years, we have made massive, unprecedented changes to the environment, creating problems for ourselves that we may not be able to solve. "
" I am very lucky: not very many writers can say they genuinely like the film of their book. However, I do. "
" I'd always loved writing, in the same way that I'd loved painting. I wouldn't have seen it as a career. "
" I do believe that the genre reached its peak before the First World War. "
" I do not mean to say that we should, or could, return to traditional nomadic economies. I do mean to say that there are systems of knowledge and grand poetical schemata derived from the mobile life that it would be foolish to disregard or underrate. And mad to destroy. "
" I don't want to be bored; I don't want to be with someone I don't respect. "
" If you are fragmented and uncertain, it is terrifying to find the boundaries of yourself melt. "
" If you think of all the enduring stories in the world, they're of journeys. Whether it's 'Don Quixote' or 'Ulysses,' there's always this sense of a quest - of a person going away to be tested, and coming back. "
" I just don't see myself as a travel writer. I can't. I don't. "
" I love the desert and its incomparable sense of space. "
" I'm not one of those true writers who can't bear not to be writing. Yet it's one of the most important things in my life. "
" In 10000 BC, all human beings were hunter-gatherers; by 1500 AD, 1 percent were hunter-gatherers. Less than .001 percent of people are hunter-gatherers today. "
" In every religion I can think of, there exists some variation on the theme of abandoning the settled life and walking one's way to godliness. The Hindu sadhu, the pilgrims of Compostela walking past their sins, the circumambulators of the Buddhist kora, the haj. "
" I think a lot of writers are unrealistic about having their books translated into film. "
" I think people are frightened by different things, so I don't see myself as particularly courageous. "
" It is always interesting being on films sets - I have done it before with other actor friends - and I just find it fascinating. I just love that collaborative film family that develops around a project. "
" I try to factor solitude into my life because more and more, that's becoming a very precious and rare commodity. "
" Its highest point was The Worst Journey in the World. Then you see this decline, and this harking back, using the 19th-century form when we're not in the 19th century. That way of writing a book about the world out there - you just can't do it anymore. "
" I've chosen difficult men. But then I'm sure they'd say they'd chosen a difficult woman. "
" Life's the adventure. You don't have to drop your bundle and go bush. It's about being brave within the context that you're in. "
" London sort of wore me down. I can't cope with the winters! "
" Much of the time I'm an introvert, by choice spending a lot of time on my own. I suppose liking my solitude is part of a writer's sensibility. "
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