"Travel, at least in the modern business sense, does not broaden the mind, it merely inflates the ego."
Jonathan Brown, British journalist
Source: Independent (London) (December 3, 2009)
"To constantly look for yourself even when you encounter the foreign is never to travel; while we know that it’s in observing and overhearing others as we journey that we often discover unexpected dimensions of ourselves."
Amit Chaudhuri (1962–), Indian author and academic
Source: “In Search of India,” Guardian (London) (April 18, 2009)
"No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive."
Thorstein Veblen (1857–1929), US economist and social scientist
Source: Quoted in Thorstein Veblen’s Contribution to Environmental Sociology (Ross E. Mitchell, 2007)
"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable."
Clifton Fadiman (1904–1999), US editor and author
Source: Quoted in Driving The Career Highway (Janice Reals Ellig and William J. Morin, 2007)
"Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo."
Al Gore (1948–), US former vice president
Source: Quoted in The World According to Gore (Bill Katovsky, 2007)
"Airports have become a new kind of discontinuous city, whose vast populations, measured by annual passenger throughputs, are entirely transient, purposeful and, for the most part, happy. An easy camaraderie rules the departure lounges, along with the virtual abolition of nationality—whether we are Scots or Japanese is far less important than where we are going … I suspect that the airport will be the true city of the next century. The great airports are already the suburbs of an invisible world capital, a virtual metropolis whose faubourgs are named Heathrow, Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Nagoya … The concourses are the ramblas and agoras of the future city, time-freeze zones where all the clocks of the world are displayed, an atlas of arrivals and destinations forever updating itself, where briefly we become true world citizens. Air travel may well be the most important civic duty that we discharge today, erasing class and national distinctions and subsuming them within the unitary global culture of the departure lounge."
J. G. Ballard (1930–2010), British novelist
Source: Observer (London) (September 14, 1997)
"In the Middle Ages, people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion."
Robert, Lord Runcie (1921–2000), British archbishop of Canterbury
Source: Speech (December 1988)
"Commuter—one who spends his lifeE. B. White (1899–1985), US writer
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides it back to shave again."
Source: “The Commuter” (1982)
"They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind."
G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936), British novelist, poet, and critic
Source: “The Shadow of the Shark” (1921)
"A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by a blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond."
Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774), British playwright, writer, and poet
Source: The Citizen of the World (1762)
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