Paul Theroux Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old paul theroux quotes, paul theroux sayings, and paul theroux proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation-- experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.     

Paul Theroux

One thing about cold weather: it brings out the statistician in everyone.     

Paul Theroux

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.     

Paul Theroux

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.     

Paul Theroux

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.     

Paul Theroux

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.     

Paul Theroux

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.     

Paul Theroux

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.     

Paul Theroux

A gun show is about like-minded people who feel as if everything has been taken away from them - jobs, money, pride.     

Paul Theroux

Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.     

Paul Theroux

The grand tour is just the inspired man's way of heading home.     

Paul Theroux

Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way     

Paul Theroux

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.     

Paul Theroux

Animal lovers often tend to be misanthropes or loners, and so they transfer their affection to the creature in their control.     

Paul Theroux

The Colombians are good-tempered people. They are used to waiting for buses that are late, used to riding buses and trains that do not arrive.     

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Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion.     

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Maine out of season is unmistakably a great destination: hospitable, good-humored, plenty of elbow room, short days, dark nights of crackling ice crystals.     

Paul Theroux

Maine is a joy in the summer. But the soul of Maine is more apparent in the winter.     

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A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form.     

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Delay and dirt are the realities of the most rewarding travel.     

Paul Theroux

There is no faster way of destroying a man, or mocking his ideas, than making him fashionable.     

Paul Theroux

One of the upsides of tourism is that people begin to take themselves a little more seriously (and think their) culture is worth something. So rather than disparaging the local culture, they vitalize it.     

Paul Theroux

When I was in the Peace Corps I never made a phone call. I was in Central Africa; I didn't make a phone call for two years. I was in Uganda for another four years and I didn't make a phone call. So for six years I didn't make a phone call, but I wrote letters, I wrote short stories, I wrote books.     

Paul Theroux

You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back.     

Paul Theroux

The people of Hong Kong are criticized for only being interested in business, but it's the only thing they've been allowed to do.     

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Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.     

Paul Theroux

Even the most distant and exotic place has its parallel in ordinary life.     

Paul Theroux

It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.     

Paul Theroux