Quotations


“I don’t know where to go.”

“Neither do I. Let’s go together.”

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Know, O seeker, that every man knows his own coast best … but the sea is not peculiar to each region and when you are out of sight of the coasts, you have only your own knowledge of the stars and guides to rely on.

Note: Ahmad Ibn Majid wrote a treatise on Navigation in the Indian Ocean

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

But the Duende – where is the Duende? Through the empty arch enters a mental air blowing insistently over the heads of the dead, seeking new landscapes and unfamiliar accents; an air bearing the odour of child’s spittle, crushed grass, and the veil of a Medusa announcing the unending baptism of all newly created things.

Opening quote from, Michael Donaghy’s last collection, Safest

A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.

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