13 Uninspirational Travel Quotes
“Not all those who wander are lost”, wrote J. R. R. Tolkien when he wasn’t chasing hobbits. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”, wrote Saint Augustine, probably having a rest between chasing women and chasing God.
Our world is full of inspirational quotes, and the world of travel even more so. The interwebs are riddled with photos of magnificent sunsets emblazoned with a famous person’s words, to stir the spirit and rouse the body out of a comfortable sofa.
As I have an ingrained suspicion (some might say distaste) of motivational speak, most of these pamphlets of vapid stimulation never did manage to induce anything more encouraging than a stifled yawn. Also, I found them at odds with a lot of the more, well, let’s say mundane behavior of fellow wanderers.
Of the myriad quotes, sayings and haikus I’ve come across throughout my reading days, there is only one I’ve felt to be honest enough to merit a sunset (or at least a tweet): “I am a traveller, not an adventurer. Things happen to me in my search for a way out”, wrote Henry Miller when he was chasing life, death and all in between.
Hence, as one year ends and a resolution-packed new one begins, I have unleashed the old curmudgeon within (he shares headspace with the wide-eyed child, the insecure narcissist, the quiet dreamer, etc – insert appropriate Walt Whitman quote here) and created a few uninspirational (or downright ridiculous) quotes, edited from real ones, for those times when a wild sunset reminds you only that you should have brought more mosquito repellent.