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Ella Maillart
February 20, 1903 - March 27, 1997
Nationality: Swiss
Category: Writer

From the beginning, I wanted to live my own life, and patiently I shored up that desire against wind and tide.


Words are impotent to describe certain emotions.


One of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible.


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.


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.


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.


One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.


Certain travellers give the impression that they keep moving because only then do they feel fully alive.


The usual channels of university studies or secretarial work did not appeal to me. I cherished difficult dreams through confidence in myself.


When I look at something, it is certain that for an instant I am one with what I see.


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.


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.


The wideness of the horizon has to be inside us, cannot be anywhere but inside us, otherwise what we speak about is geographic distances.


I did not want to be depressed by the gap existing between my weakness and my ambition.


When the heart speaks, its language is the same under all latitudes.


The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be.


One travels to escape from it all, but that is the great illusion: It cannot be done, since one travels with one's mind.


Humanity is made up of an infinity of different individuals. Each of us travels for motives exclusively his own.


Travel can also be the spirit of adventure somewhat tamed, for those who desire to do something they are a bit afraid of.


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