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Travel is like any extreme experience. Dislodged from the familiar, deprived of our customary supports, we are never more ourselves ... As the commonplace recedes, we are forced to rely on the one thing that never seems to change - our character.

Susan Barron, New York Times

In the end, travel is mere fantasy; a longing to extend the curiosity of childhood; an excuse to hope. Movement solves nothing: you take yourself with you wherever you go.
You have to travel first to find this out.

Edward Mace, The Observer

If memory serves - and in my case, it has a wicked backhand...

Susan Maushart, Weekend Australian

I pushed on. My brain kept writing checks my body couldn't cash.

Roff Smith, National Geographic

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.

Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey (c1471-1530)

Truth's like a dingo girl. It'll run till you get it cornered. Then watch out!

Reginald Hill, The Stranger House

Singapore ... is what you imagine the East would be like if it was run by the Swiss.

Iain Banks, The Business

Buddha said that all men have eighty-three burdens. If we succeed in eliminating one we automatically acquire another. The secret of life is to adjust to eighty-three and avoid at all costs acquiring the eighty-fourth.

James Clavell, Noble House

He'd seen a few smiles he'd kill for, but never one he'd die for.

Iain Banks

Love is like a lump of coal ... hot, it burns you; cold, it makes you dirty.

Boris Starling, Vodka

'Thinking is half your problem, Mike,' she said... What she didn't seem to understand was that feeling was the other half. Its a sling, and in the end I think it rocks most of us to death.

Stephen King, Bag of Bones

I am looking for someone who can take as much as I give, and will give back as much as I need, and ... then still have the will to live.

Indigo Girls, Blood and Fire

Is it that love exists by itself? Is all love one - a generic feeling needing no special object? Would any man or any woman do as well as any other? With only the emotion itself having meaning? Like patriotism. What difference does the nation make? Only the devotion is significant.

Lawrence Sanders, The Loves of Harry D.

For men, love is a thing formed of equal parts lust and astonishment. The astonishment part women understand. The lust part they only think they understand.

Stephen King, Bag of Bones

Love is only the intense desire to know someone and becomes unrequited ... when it finds no one there to know.

Christine Brooke-Rose, On Terms

You cannot love without intuition.

Graham Greene, The Quiet American

Your cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing.

Indigo Girls, Blood and Fire

I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.

Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick

Hyde is love ... and love is a psychopath.

Jekyll, BBC Television Miniseries

There was something going on behind his eyes that cast long shadows.

Kit Craig, Twice Burned

They looked into his eyes and saw that they were haunted. And that was why he haunted them.

Clive Barker, Cabal

Whatever pain they have suffered, I have been there. I know the feeling. They look in my eyes and see understanding ... once they see that, they're hooked. Its downhill from there.

Tony, A Wasted Life

Clay enjoyed other people's anger, because it drew off his own and opened a big cold space inside. Marie had said the same about love.

T. Jefferson Parker, Easy Street

When the self has been consumed, contempt goes scavenging in the public domain and broadens accordingly.

Alan Franks (on Lou Reed).

Anyway, why choose self-pity when there's still the option of alcoholic beverages?

Gavin Lyall, The Crocus List

You should consider drinking not a vice of the will, but the élan of a tortured soul.

Nikita Mikhalkov, Burnt by the Sun

Aloneness - its not the absence of other people I seek, its the presence of me.

Billy Connolly (quoted by Pamela Stephenson in Bravemouth)

(I haven't met them) any more than I've been to the moon. But I've seen the moon. I have an opinion about it.

Martin Cruz Smith, Rose

Prejudice! I think you need it. It reminds you of who you are.

Dylan Moran, Black Books

The universe is composed mainly of hydrogen and ignorance.

quoted by the sidewalk astronomer

Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler.

Albert Einstein

May you live in interesting times.

Chinese Curse

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