What’s your most inspiring travel quote? – USATODAY.com

And hearing Andersen’s poem reminded me of two Matador Network posts I’d bookmarked a while back: The 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes of All Time and The (Next) 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes of All Time.

No, Andersen’s “to travel is to live” didn’t make the cut – and neither did one of my favorites by the medieval Persian author Moslih Eddin Saadi: “Of journeying, the benefits are many; the freshness it brings to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, and the meeting of unknown friends.”

But Matador’s well-chosen selections are guaranteed to stoke your wanderlust, from Freya Stark (“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”) to Cesar Pavese (“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

What’s your favourite travel quote?

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