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Bill GatesThe Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Constantine KavafyAs you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Ithaka

Lao-TzuA good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

George Bernard ShawThe great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Albert EinsteinI love to travel, but I hate to arrive.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Christopher HitchensI still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

Benjamin DisraeliLike all great travelers I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Francis BaconJourneys at youth are part of the education; but at maturity, are part of the experience.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

G. K. ChestertonThe traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jean CocteauPenelope was the last trial of Ulysses at the end of his journey.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

William ShakespeareJourneys end in lovers meeting.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Twelfth Night


Quotes in Verse

Walt WhitmanO CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet


Ancient Greek

HomerMany cities of men he saw and learned their minds.

Πολλών δ’ ανθρώπων ίδεν άστεα και νόον έγνων.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey I

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