Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Theroux on Thoreau

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In lieu of travel notes in this monsoon season when travel plans are oft put on hold and work is happily coming in, I would like to post gems of thoughts from books I read.  In this post, I lift some favorite quotes from Paul Theroux's "The Happy Isles of Oceania".

"There is an intense but simple thrill in setting off in the morning on a mountain trail knowing that everything you need is on your back.  It is a confidence in having left all inessentials behind, and of entering a world of natural beauty which has not been violated, where money has no value and possessions are a deadweight.  The person with fewest possessions is the freest.  Thoreau was right."
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"Travel, which is nearly always seen as an attempt to escape from the ego, is in my opinion the opposite.  Nothing induces concentration or inspires memory like an alien landscape or a foreign culture."
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"The smaller one feels on the earth, dwarfed by mountains and assailed by weather, the more respectful one has to be -- and unless we are very arrogant, the less likely are we to poison or destroy it."

Attribution:  "The Happy Isles of Oceanis"; © 1992 Paul Theroux; 2006 Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Company
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