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Paul Theroux

Datum narození: 10. duben 1941
Další jména: Paul Edward Theroux

Paul Theroux je americký spisovatel.


„Cestování je atraktivní pouze ve zpětném pohledu.

„Neexistovala žádná střední cesta, která by se dala probádat. Buď nezměrnost pouště, nebo pohled na jedinou květinu. V Patagonii člověk musí volit mezi obrem a trpaslíkem.“


„Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.“

„Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.“

„Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.“

„The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..“ The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

„You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back.“ Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

„I think most serious and omnivorous readers are alike- intense in their dedication to the word, quiet-minded, but relieved and eagerly talkative when they meet other readers and kindred spirits.“ Ghost Train to the Eastern Star


„Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation-- experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way“ Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents

„Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours.“ The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

„travel [is] flight and pursuit in equal parts.“ The Great Railway Bazaar

„Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don't know and trusting them with your life.“ Ghost Train to the Eastern Star


„The measure of civilized behavior is compassion.“ Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

„I cannot make my days longer, so I strive to make them better.“

„.. luxury is the enemy of observation, a costly indulgence that induces such a good feeling that you notice nothing. Luxury spoils and infantilizes you and prevents you from knowing the world. That is its purpose, the reason why luxury cruises and great hotels are full of fatheads who, when they express an opinion, seem as though they are from another planet. It was also my experience that one of the worst aspects of travelling with wealthy people, apart from the fact that the rich never listen, is that they constantly groused about the high cost of living – indeed, the rich usually complained of being poor.“ Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

„He regarded himself as an accomplished writer — a clear sign of madness in anyone.“

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