Need some inspiration? Here are our favourite literary quotes about travel for World Book Day 2016. Because books + travel = our happy place…
If you’ve checked Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today, you’ll have noticed it’s World Book Day (either that or you’re still wondering why your newsfeed looked like something from a Brothers Grimm fairytale this morning).
World Book Day is a UNESCO-designated day of celebrating books, and reading, around the world. Children got to dress up as their favourite character from a story for the day, and were given vouchers to buy one of a specially-printed set of titles.
All this talk of books has got us thinking about our favourite travel quotes from the literary greats. We’re big fans of an inspirational quote or two, so – in honour of World Book Day 2016 – here are our top 4, and where they come from…
1. ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.’
This famous quote is attributed to Saint Augustine, a theologian and philosopher born in the year 354 – AKA a Very Long Time Ago. These days, he’s known as the patron of brewers – apparently a nod to his conversion from a life of partying.
2. ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’
This one hails from J. R. R. Tolkien, author of what must be one of the most epic journeys ever – The Hobbit. The quote itself comes from the poem All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter, which he wrote for The Lord Of The Rings. It’s since become a mantra for globetrotters everywhere.
3. ‘Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’
Scholar and world explorer Ibn Battuta coined this phrase back in the 1300s. As legend has it, he didn’t write a single note during his 30 years of travelling, then dictated an entire book – the Rihla, or Journey – to a friend he met on his travels.
4. ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
A certain Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known as Dr Seuss – penned this one in his book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut. Yesterday, March 2nd, would have been the bestselling children’s author’s 112th birthday.