Quotes of the Week

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Vector illustration of speech bubblesThe theme this week is travel. Travel is an education and it broadens the mind. I have had the privilege to travel to more than 70 countries. I have been fortunate enough to work in some of those countries. And I can say this; I am not the same person I was once. I see the world differently now. I know from real experience that people are the same wherever you go. There may be superficial cultural differences of course but deep down people are just people. They eat; they sleep; they laugh; they cry; they’re happy; they’re sad; they have dreams; they have fears; they love their families and they want the best for their children. And we all share a feeling of vulnerability at times. There are good people and not so good people but mostly people are honest and decent and they are just trying to get through life as best they can. Treat them with respect and they will reciprocate or at least that has been my experience. So travel as often as you can but remember this; there is a difference between travel and tourism. Tourism is simply taking in the sights and a little sun perhaps, whereas travel is a much more enlightening experience. It goes beyond the superficial and it is about trying to understand people and the reality of life for them. ~Roy Sutton

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ~Aldous Huxley

One travels more usefully when alone, because he [or she] reflects more. ~Thomas Jefferson

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. ~Mary Ritter Beard

People who don’t travel cannot have a global view. All they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. ~Martin Yan

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~Maya Angelou

The traveller sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

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