Paul Theroux
Quotations


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.

The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate’s career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter.

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.

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

You must not judge people by their country. In South America, it is always wise to judge people by their altitude.

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

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.



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