On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.
Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other.
Christmas... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart...
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
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.
The most ominous of fallacies - the belief that things can be kept static by inaction
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.
Love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond since it deals with what one is and not what one has.
Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.
Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.
The beckoning counts, not the clicking latch behind you
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.
Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle.