EXPAT LIFE: WORDS OF WISDOM, MAYBE

by missfootloose on December 12, 2009 · 7 comments

in Expat life, Humor, life abroad, travel

Miss Footloose has a collection of quotations related to travel and life abroad and hopes you might find in the selection below a bit of comfort, wisdom or humor to sustain you in your daily struggles.
The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust

Moai Statues. Photo by MFS / cc by-nc-sa

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I traveled a great deal all over the world, and I got along pretty good in all these foreign countries, for I have a theory that it’s their country and they got a right to run it like they want to.Will Rogers

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I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. – Bill Bryson

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If you look like your passport picture, you’re too ill to travel – Will Kommen

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I am pleased the Ministry of Culture is protecting the morals of the expatriate bankers and their girlfriends – Mick Jagger

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If you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra

Photo by luvzdollz

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When one realizes that one’s life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels. – Edward Dahlberg

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It’s an amazing country. Nearly everyone who lives there is an expatriate. It’s like a fairyland. – Pan Howell

(Must be Dubai…?)

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Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary. – Oscar Wilde

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Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.Hodding Carter

Photo by Tela Chhe

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The further one goes, the less one knows.Lao-tzu


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Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.
Dave Barry

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The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Catalan bookstore owner in Macondo

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Turquoise Diaries December 12, 2009 at 7:26 am

I love you travel quotes. Some are really funny and there are definitely some I will copy to my little notebook..

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Mary Witzl December 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I love Bill Bryson’s and Will Roger’s quotes! Somewhere, I have a few good ones stashed away, but my mind is too numb from excessive teaching.

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Scintilla December 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Haha the passport one! I look like a zombie!

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karen December 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

I have always loved the quote about “roots and wings”. Thanks for sharing these! I am always in the mood for travelling…for now it will have to be virtual, only!

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Carola December 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Greetings from Italy

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Vagabonde December 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I saw your comments on Monkeys on the Roof and came to pay you a visit. I like your travel quotes. I already used the one by Proust on one of my post. How about this one: “Travel: “Is not this the true romantic feeling – not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?“ – Tom Wolfe. I am intrigued by all the countries where you lived. I shall be back to read more of your past posts.

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Glennis December 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Some interesting and funny travel quotes.

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