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Paul Theroux Quotes

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.

Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.

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.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.

The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume.

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.

The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.

There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment.

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.

Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.

You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.