We all desire to be understood, but no one enjoys being obvious.

— Trevanian

The most bashful Trevanian quotes that will inspire your inner self

Do not fall into the error of the artist who boasts of twenty years experience in his craft while in fact he has had only one year of experience - twenty times.


Generalization is flawed thinking only when applied to individuals.

It is the most accurate way to describe the mass, the Wad. And yours is a democracy, a dictatorship of the Wad.


No one really likes Switzerland, except those who prefer cleanliness to life.


Ripe for romance? Is that not only the self-conscious and sensitive young man's way of saying he was heavy with passion? Is not, perhaps, romance only the fiction by means of which the tender-minded negotiate their lust?


Hana: What on Earth is a 'barbeque'? Hel: A primitive tribal ritual featuring paper plates, elbows, flying insects, encrusted meat, hush puppies, and beer. Hana: I daren't ask what a 'hush puppy' is. Hel: Don't.


Go is to Western chess what philosophy is to double-entry accounting.


Irony is Fate's most common figure of speech.


The rope connecting two men on a mountain is more than nylon protection;

it is an organic thing that transmits subtle messages of intent and disposition from man to man; it is an extension of the tactile senses, a psychological bond, a wire along which currents of communication flow.


Pass through knowledge to arrive at simplicity.


You can gain experience, if you are careful to avoid empty redundancy.

Do not fall into the error of the artisan who boasts of twenty years experience in craft while in fact he has had only one year of experience–twenty times. And never resent the advantage of experience your elders have. Recall that they have paid for this experience in the coin of life, and have emptied a purse that cannot be refilled.