Paul Theroux Quotes

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My greatest inspiration ... is memory.
— Paul Theroux

memory

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.
— Paul Theroux

Travel

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.

fiction

Television needs excitement, it needs an angle, it needs a "sound bite."
The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.
— Paul Theroux

idealist

Tourists don't know where they've been, travellers don't know where they're going.
— Paul Theroux

Travel

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.

manners

All writers look for a way out of writing.  But writing is like serving a jail sentence—you're not free until you've you're your time on the rock-heap.

writing

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.

death