25 Total Quotes

Paul Theroux Quotes

Paul Theroux
Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist #Tourists

Paul Theroux
You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume
Paul Theroux
#Etiquette

Paul Theroux
Banks and donors and charities claimed to have had successes in Mozambique. I suspected they invented these successes to justify their existence,
Paul Theroux
#Banks

Paul Theroux
Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist #Travel

Paul Theroux
It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled
Paul Theroux
#Lonely

Paul Theroux
It is the simplest fact of Indian life: there are too many Indians
Paul Theroux
#Life

Paul Theroux
Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
The realization that he is white in a black country, and respected for it, is the turning point in the expatriate's career. He can either forget it, or capitalize on it. Most choose the latter.
Paul Theroux
#Country #Exile

Paul Theroux
Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
The kind of travel I do is a reaction to that. Instead of going to meet gorillas or Bhutan, I prefer to go [my own way] and do things the wealthy wouldn't dare to do.
Paul Theroux
#Travel

Paul Theroux
There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist #Irish

Paul Theroux
The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist

Paul Theroux
The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.
Paul Theroux
#American Novelist