I have always wanted to read Freya Stark travel writings but yet to grab hold of a copy. She sounds like such a fascinating and colourful character.
Meanwhile, reading her quotes definitely whet my appetite for more of her writings.
“Good days are to be gathered like grapes, to be trodden and bottled into wine and kept for age to sip at ease beside the fire. If the traveler has vintaged well, he need trouble to wander no longer; the ruby moments glow in his glass at will.”
“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
“Most people, after accomplishing something, use it over and over again like a gramophone record till it cracks, forgetting that the past is just the stuff with which to make more future.”
“If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasent waters for our old age.”
“One is so apt to think of people’s affection as a fixed quantity, instead of a sort of moving se with the tide always going out or coming in but still fundamentally there: and I believe this difficulty in making allowance for the tide is the reason for half the broken friendships.”
“This is a great moment, when you see, however distant, the goal of your wandering. The thing which has been living in your imagination suddenly become part of the tangible world. It matters not how many ranges, rivers or parching dusty ways may lie between you; it is yours now for ever.”
“The most ominous of fallacies – the belief that things can be kept static by inaction”
Speaking of quotes, I also like this one liner from the movie, Young Victoria, “A man who does not have any work to do becomes ridiculous!” Images of various personnels immediately came to mind:)