Travel Quotes from South and Southern Africa
"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to."
"Tourists don't know where they've been; travellers don't know where they're going."
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey.
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.”
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
“The journey not the arrival matters.”
T. S. Eliot.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding – The Four Quartets.
“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”
“The Dark Continent is at once a misnomer and an awful truism. The sun never shines as brightly as it does in Africa. Unfortunately the brightest sunshine casts the darkest shadows and the miseries that lie in Africa’s umbra are the most abject in the world…… And yet. Not for nothing has this continent been confirmed as the cradle of all humankind. Not for nothing do we know that the first people on earth were Africans and that other races developed from them. Not for nothing do Africa’s misplaced citizens – the Afro-Americans and West Indians – hanker to find their roots. And not those people alone. Everyone of whatever race, nation or creed who comes to Africa feels a magnetism that cannot be ignored or explained. Because it is primeval. Because Africa is like a mother calling her children home. Old, addled and poor she may be, but the pull of the umbilicus is still there. Irresistibly.”
John Ryan, One Man’s Africa.
“(Mma Ramotswe thought......) Then there was Mr. Mandela. Everybody knew about Mr. Mandela and how he had forgiven those who had imprisoned him. They had taken away years and years of his life simply because he wanted justice. They had set him to work in a quarry and his eyes had been permanently damaged by the rock dust. But at last, when he had walked out of the prison on that breathless, luminous day, he had said nothing about revenge or even retribution. He had said that there were more important things to do than to complain about the past, and in time he had shown that he meant this by hundreds of acts of kindness towards those who had treated him so badly. That was the real African way, the tradition that was closest to the heart of Africa. We are all children of Africa, and none of us is better or more important than the other. That is what Africa could say to the world: it could remind it what it is to be human.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Tears of the Giraffe.
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