The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the travelling of the mind?
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
A part, a large part, of travelling is an engagement of the ego v. the world.... The world is hydra headed, as old as the rocks and as changing as the sea, enmeshed inextricably in its ways. The ego wants to arrive at places safely and on time.
(Sybille Bedford (b. 1911), British author. repr. In As It Was (1990). "The Quality of Travel," Esquire (New York, Nov. 1961).)
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage- coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
(Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. Tales of a Traveler, preface (1824).)
I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, 'Tis all barrenand so it is; and so is all the world to him who will not cultivate the fruits it offers.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "In the Street. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)