Places Quotes

Spain imports tourists and exports chambermaids.

Winnipeg is like Fargo, North Dakota, without the action.

In calling up images of the past, I find that the plains of Patagonia frequently cross before my eyes; yet these plains are pronounced by all wretched and useless. They can be described only by negative characters; without habitations, without water, without trees, without mountains, they support merely a few dwarf plants. Why, then, and […]

New York… that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.

I think this is how Chicago got started – A bunch of people in New York said, ‘Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’t cold enough. Let’s go west.’

I believe we were all glad to leave New Zealand. It is not a pleasant place. Amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity which is found at Tahiti; and the greater part of the English are the very refuse of society. Neither is the country itself attractive. I look back to but one […]

At Casa Blanca – Consuls abound, of course, so do hyenas – that is outside the town – but both are harmless and furnish little sport.

We then walked to the Pantheon…. I said there was not half a guinea’s worth in seeing this place. Johnson: “But Sir, there is half a guinea’s worth of inferiority to other people in not having seen it. Boswell: “I doubt, Sir, whether there are many happy people here. Johnson: “Yes, Sir, there are many […]

As an American, I can decide on any given day whether or not I wish to think of (foreign) abominations. I need not consider them. I can simply refuse to open the morning paper. In Israel, one has no such choice. There the violent total is added up every day. And nothing can be omitted… […]

And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean and the cod, Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, And the Cabots talk only to God.