Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future— Michael Palin
The most fantastic Michael Palin quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
John Hall, my geography teacher at school inspired me to a lifelong interest in geography and a curiosity about our world which has stayed with me through my life. Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.
Geography prepares for the world of work - geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.
One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle.
I always wanted to be an explorer, but - it seemed I was doomed to be nothing more than a very silly person.
The human race should just slow down and think about what it is doing.
I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
I know that we shall meet problems along the way, but I'd far rather see for myself what's going on in the world outside, than rely on newspapers, television, politicians and religious leaders to tell me what I should be thinking.
Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people.
The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience.
I enjoy writing, I enjoy my house, my family and, more than anything I enjoy the feeling of seeing each day used to the full to actually produce something. The end.
Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
From my travels around the world I have seen how much damage and pollution is done by the careless disposal of waste. It is also evident that we in the West produce far more and throw away far more than the developing world, almost without thinking
Now, what sort of person would write a scene where a young man stumbles upon a castle full only of beautiful young women? Answer: ME!
Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote.
People are still crazy about Python after twenty-five years, which I find hard to believe.
The need to eat, sleep and dry out plays havoc with your sense of wonder.
My parents have been married forty-two years. I wonder how many of those were happy.
I cut down trees, I skip and jump, I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women's clothing and hang around in bars.
People look for patterns in everything.
It's what keeps us sane, I suppose. I struggle to see any patterns in my life. I think I can understand depression a bit because of my sister. My own feelings of ... I'm aware that, if you feel down, it can be strangely unrelated to circumstances around you. That's just the way life is.
Night falls over Machu Picchu to the sound of Abba's 'Dancing Queen'.
When in doubt, resort to animation.
Somewhere, a long way away, people are doing sensible things like mowing lawns and digging gardens.
You can't get a suit of armour and a rubber chicken just like that. You have to plan ahead.
There is barely a country in the world where you will be completely safe.
I am very cautious of people who are absolutely right, especially when they are vehemently so.
George Harrison's passing was really sad, but it does make the afterlife seem much more attractive.
Ronnie Barker was a straightforward man who had this extraordinary ability to make the nation laugh
I think you learn a lot about a country from its art.
To me, it's part of the drama of life. It teaches you that there are places, moments and incidents in other cultures that genuinely have a life of their own.
It's not an easy option. The essence of travel is letting go of habit and prejudice and relishing the unfamiliar. Food you've never eaten before, a language you've never spoken before, religion that mystifies, customs that confuse, politics that perplex, all question everyday assumptions about how you live your life.
In the absence of fear there is little faith.
My marriage has worked because I am not around much.
If I am seen as successful, it's all the more reason not to change - not to lose track of friends, not to be driven everywhere, not to go and get away from the world. That, to me, is real success: enjoying what you do, but being the same person.
All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me.
If atheists are deaf to the word of God, then theists are blind to the ways of man.
The Buddhist version of poverty is a situation where you have nothing to contribute.
There are people who travel because they want to push themselves to physical limits, people who walk across deserts or cycle across the Antarctic - like Ranulph Fiennes, who just does it because it's there. And then there are people like me, who are just genuinely curious about the world.
I think some of the best modern writing comes now from travellers.
It's not a model if it's full-scale, Tomkinson, it's an icebreaker.
I mistrust total competence. I've always felt life is a series of small disasters we try to get through.
As I work in the afternoon on committing to paper some of my morning's thoughts, I find myself just about to close on the knotty question of whether or not I believe in God. In fact I am about to type, 'I do not believe in God', when the sky goes black as ink, there is a thunderclap and a huge crash of thunder and a downpour of epic proportions. I never do complete the sentence.
I remember queuing around the block in Sheffield when I was growing up.
At that time, going to the cinema was really something special - there was something about the style of the real thing that is immeasurable nicer than multiplexes.
I'm aware that, if you feel down, it can be strangely unrelated to circumstances around you. That's just the way life is.
[There] are people who make a complete and utter mockery of 'democracy' and 'equality' - they're the casualties of the primitive rules of competition which run our society, and the welfare state just keeps them alive. That's all.