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“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
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“A person susceptible to "wanderlust" is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”
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“Writing is, in the end, that oddest of anomalies: an intimate letter to a stranger.”
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“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
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“...home lies in the things you carry with you everywhere and not the ones that tie you down.”
Pico Iyer, The Man Within My Head
“What more could one ask of a companion? To be forever new and yet forever steady. To be strange and familiar all at once, with enough change to quicken my mind, enough steadiness to give sanctuary to my heart. The books on my shelf never asked to come together, and they would not trust or want to listen to one another; but each is a piece of a stained-glass whole without which I couldn’t make sense to myself, or to the world outside.”
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“It doesn't matter where or how far you go - the farther commonly the worse - the important thing is how alive you are. Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when one has just fallen in love.”
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“Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice”
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“it’s not our experiences that form us but the ways in which we respond to them;”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. You”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“A comma . . . catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, turning in on itself and back on itself, reversing, redoubling, and returning along the course of its own sweet river music; while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a hostess arranging guests around her dinner table.”
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“... epiphanies rarely repeat themselves.”
Pico Iyer, Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
“Perhaps the greatest danger of our global community is that the person in LA thinks he knows Cambodia because he's seen The Killing Fields on-screen, and the newcomer from Cambodia thinks he knows LA because he's seen City of Angels on video.”
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“Finding a sanctuary, a place apart from time, is not so different from finding a faith.”
Pico Iyer, Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
“The open road is the school of doubt in which man learns faith in man.”
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“None of the things in life - like love or faith - was arrived at by thinking; indeed, one could almost define the things that mattered as the ones that came as suddenly as thunder.”
Pico Iyer, The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto
“So it is that Lonely Places attract as many lonely people as they produce, and the loneliness we see in them is partly in ourselves.”
Pico Iyer, Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
“Sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it;”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“one is reminded, at a level deeper than all words, how making a living and making a life sometimes point in opposite directions.”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“More and more of us feel like emergency-room physicians, permanently on call, required to heal ourselves but unable to find the prescription for all the clutter on our desk. •”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“One curiosity of being a foreigner everywhere is that one finds oneself discerning Edens where the locals see only Purgatory.”
Pico Iyer, The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.”
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“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.
The smell of woodsmoke, the drift of incense; a procession of monks in black-and-gold robes, one of them giggling in a voice yet unbroken; a touch of autumn in the air, a sense of gathering rain.”
Pico Iyer, Video Night in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with. —Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“The beauty of any first time is that it leads to a thousand others...”
Pico Iyer, An Innocent Abroad: Life-changing Trips from 35 Great Writers
“A lack of affiliation may mean a lack of accountability, and forming a sense of commitment can be hard without a sense of community. Displacement can encourage the wrong kinds of distance, and if the nationalism we see sparking up around the globe arises from too narrow and fixed a sense of loyalty, the internationalism that's coming to birth may reflect too roaming and undefined a sense of belonging. ”
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“Was it only through another that I could begin to get at myself?”
Pico Iyer, The Man Within My Head
“Going nowhere, as Leonard Cohen would later emphasize for me, isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply. •”
Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“Everyone is a Wordsworth in certain moods, and every traveler seeks out places that every traveler has missed.”
Pico Iyer, Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
“You go into the dark to get away from what you know, and if you go far enough, you realize, suddenly, that you'll never really make it back into the light.”
Pico Iyer, Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign

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