"Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy."
Sir Richard Francis Burton


I have never belonged wholeheartedly to a country, a state, nor to a circle of friends, nor even to my own family.
Albert Einstein
"Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead."
- Aldous Huxley

"There's no use trying. One can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice. ... Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
- Alice & the Queen of Hearts
William Makepeace Thackeray wrote:
The camels and the soldiers, the bazaars and khans, the fountains and awnings, which chequer, with such delightful variety of light and shade, the alleys and markets of an Oriental town, are to be seen in Beirut in perfection; and an artist might here employ himself for months with advantage and pleasure. A new costume was here added to the motley and picturesque assembly of dresses. This was the dress of the blue-veiled women from the Lebanon, stalking solemnly through the markets, with huge horns, near a yard high, on their foreheads. For thousands of years, since the time the Hebrew prophets wrote, these horns have so been exalted in the Lebanon.


Freya Stark once wrote:
"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."