Some of us sometimes need a little push to take a well-deserved holiday. A few friendly words from someone we know, or someone we know of, can work wonders…
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10. William James: “Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”
James was a 19th century American philosopher and psychologist and this quote sums up why he was seen as a natural leader of the pragmatism movement.
9. J.B. Priestly: “A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”
Workaholic Priestley was an English writer who had 26 novels and many dramas published in his lifetime. Yet he still appreciated the need to abandon deadlines and let time slip by every now and then.
8. African proverb: “There is no one who became rich because he broke a holiday.”
7. Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.”
American poet Frost wrote these lines in a poem which was published in 1916. How would he feel if he were alive to know that the lines still continue to inspire travellers almost a century later?
6. Rudyard Kipling: “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
English writer Kipling had a keen nose for travel and was exceedingly aware that foreign adventures should stimulate all the senses.
5. Benjamin Disraeli: “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
British Prime Minister Disraeli knew that the memory can play tricks when it comes to recalling holidays. However, telling stories about holiday exploits is such great fun.
4. Freya Stark: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
British travel writer Freya Stark reminds us that travelling alone can be just as fun as travelling in company.
3. St. Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Augustine of Hippo had views on many aspects of 4th century life: philosophy, theology, war, sin and travel included.
2. Susan Sontag: “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.”
American literary icon Sontag died in December 2004 and was too busy writing plays and fictions to achieve her ambition of travelling all over the globe; but she had a pretty good crack at it.
1. Lao Tzu: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu’s observation still holds true today. So why not take that first step today and book yourself and your loved ones a well-deserved holiday?
James Christie writes for Thomson Local, a great business directory in which to find details about holiday companies.