Freya Stark Quotes

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The art of advertisement—untruthfulness combined with repetition.


We love those people who give with humility, or who accept with ease.

service charity generosity

Conventions are like coins, an easy way of dealing with the commerce of relations.
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This is excellence—the following of anything for its own sake and with its own integrity.

excellence integrity

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
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Though it may be inessential to the imagination. travelling is necessary to an understanding of men.
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Tolerance cannot afford to have anything to do with the fallacy that evil may convert itself to good.
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Style is something peculiar to one person; it expresses one personality and one only; it cannot be shared.


Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to do it rightly is an art like any other.

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All the feeling which my father could not put into words was in his hand—any dog, child or horse would recognize the kindness of it.

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Manners are like the zero in arithmetic; they may not be much in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal to the value of everything else.


A pen and a notebook and a reasonable amount of discrimination will change a journey from a mere annual into a perennial, its pleasures and pains renewable at will.


One is apt to think of people's affection as a fixed quantity, instead of a sort of moving sea with tide always going out or coming in but still fundamentally there.


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.
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