„travel [is] flight and pursuit in equal parts.“

—  Paul Theroux, kniha The Great Railway Bazaar
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—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947
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„The greater ease of travel and communication has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual respect.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
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