You’ve seen them flashed all over your Instagram feed and numerous Pinterest boards for quotes to spark your wanderlust and inspire the traveller in you.
There are so many quotes to choose from. For me, it is the story and origin of the quote that makes it meaningful. Give a perspective on a quote, it can make it more purposeful and insightful.
Flaubert was an influential French novelist in the 19th century. He believed in finding just the right word for his prose and revealed in romanticism and realism. Innovative, Flaubert quotes here the truth, no cliché, just delicate yet powerful.
The world is such an enormous place, but getting smaller as it becomes more accessible. This quote reminds us that we make up a small part of this world.
One of the most noted and loved poets of the 20th century, American born Brit T.S.Eliot’s quote from his poem East Coker. The underlying themes in East Coker, are about hope. Not just in physical survival but also of culture and society, and to strive for united humanity. The poem emphasises the ability we have to go out and explore the human experience.
This makes we want to travel; hope and humanity.
Jawaharlal Nehru was a prominent political figure in India following their independence from Great Britain. He fought for many different types of freedom; religion, expression of thought and equality before the law for every individual without distinction of caste, colour, creed or religion. Along with Gandi, Nehru was a political architect of modern-day India. The first Prime Minister brought universal education to India.
As a vast nation, recently become independent from another with a culture so different, Nehru’s quote expresses what is available, if we chose to seek it.
Saint Augustine lived in what is now Algeria and was influential in shaping Western Christianity. Though it is his work as a philosopher and educator that has spawned this quote. Augustine believed that the subject and method of teaching should be adapted to the student, revolutionary for the time. Students should be given the opportunity to apply learned theories to practical experience.
As someone involved in learning and development, these theories about how to learn are so crucial to my day to day life. As a writer, the analogy of the book to the world is simple yet effective.
A relatively mainstream quote to end this selection. Tolkien created an immensely detailed and complex fictional universe in Middle Earth (Lord Of The Rings). One of the most celebrated British writers and the father of modern-day fantasy literature.
The line, ‘not all those who wander are lost’ is actually from a poem in Lord of the Rings. It follows the line ‘not all that glitters is gold’, a famous proverb utilised by Shakespeare. Not all the things that we treasure can always seem so obvious and just because you cannot see someone’s path, does not mean that they are lost.
Having visited a lot of the English countryside that was the inspiration for the Shire and also by visiting New Zealand, where these films were recorded, you feel a sense that Middle Earth isn’t so fictional after all.
The underlying literature links to this quote is steeped in British history by these incredible writers and really highlights the individuality of people. What we treasure in one country, place, culture is not the same everywhere and we are to explore what we truly treasure
What are your favourite quotes?