Others are keen to see if natives other than us live better than we do, without heat in pipes, ice in boxes, sunshine in bulbs, music on disks, or images gliding over a pale screen.— Ella Maillart
The most proven Ella Maillart quotes that will activate your inner potential
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.
It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey.
The sooner we face that self, the better.
That idea of escapism... these words could sum up my life.
We must develop a deeper interest and greater understanding of the people we meet here or abroad. Like us, they are passengers on board that mysterious ship called life.
The wideness of the horizon has to be inside us, cannot be anywhere but inside us, otherwise what we speak about is geographic distances.
One travels so as to learn once more how to marvel at life in the way a child does. And blessed be the poet, the artist who knows how to keep alive his sense of wonder.
The benefits of the accomplished journey cannot be weighed in terms of perfect moments, but in terms of how this journey affects and changes our character.
The timelessness of a concept has to be woven into the running warp of dying time, vertical power has to be wedded to the horizontal earth.
One travels to escape from it all, but that is the great illusion: It cannot be done, since one travels with one's mind.
One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.
You can feel as brave as Columbus starting for the unknown the first time you enter a Chinese lane full of boys laughing at you, or when you risk climbing down in a Tibetan pub for a meal of rotten meat.
Humanity is made up of an infinity of different individuals.
Each of us travels for motives exclusively his own.
The true traveller is the one urged to move about for physical, aesthetic, intellectual as well as spiritual reasons.
Every time I took a long leave from home, I felt as if I were going to conquer the world. Or rather, take possession of what is my birthright, my inheritance.
I refuse to imprison our acts in the rigid mould of sentences.
Travel can also be the spirit of adventure somewhat tamed, for those who desire to do something they are a bit afraid of.
I wanted to learn a few foreign languages, and therefore I had to go abroad.
Not only does travel give us a new system of reckoning, it also brings to the fore unknown aspects of our own self. Our consciousness being broadened and enriched, we shall judge ourselves more correctly.
The state of minds vary according to the angle under which one examines them.
When the heart speaks, its language is the same under all latitudes.
Certain travelers give the impression that they keep moving because only then do they feel fully alive.
I am convinced that to live is to travel towards the world's end.
Shall we ever see the 10 million things of the universe simultaneously in order to be the all? I am convinced that to live is to travel towards the world's end.
I am sure that instinctively we wish to be everything, to possess it-why cut the rose or marry the man, otherwise?
Only when one is able to grasp wideness can one possess it.
From the beginning, I wanted to live my own life, and patiently I shored up that desire against wind and tide.
The usual channels of university studies or secretarial work did not appeal to me. I cherished difficult dreams through confidence in myself.
Happiness is the intoxication produced by the moment of poise between a satisfactory past and an immediate future, rich with promise.
I can see now that a concept or even a feeling makes no sense unless out of our substance we spin around it a web of references, of relationships, of values.
We want to feel that this earth is all ours, like our parents' house when we were children.
When I look at something, it is certain that for an instant I am one with what I see.
I gained direct knowledge of the life of the poor in big towns: I have lived the narrowing mechanism of its conditioning and feared it.
Words are impotent to describe certain emotions.
The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be.
There is only one valid species of voyage, which is walk towards the men.