Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town Quotes.

1. "You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

2. "The measure of civilized behavior is compassion."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

3. "You go away for a long time and return a different person - you never come all the way back"
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

4. "The wish to disappear sends many travelers away. If you are thoroughly sick of being kept waiting at home or at work, travel is perfect: let other people wait for a change. Travel is a sort of revenge for having been put on hold, or having to leave messages on answering machines, not knowing your party's extension, being kept waiting all your working life - the homebound writer's irritants. But also being kept waiting is the human conditon."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

5. "I added that it was no fun to grow old, but that the compensation for it was that time turned your mental shit-detector into a highly calibrated instrument."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

6. "What I remembered most clearly about this Jinja road was that on portions of it, for reasons no one could explain, butterflies settled in long fluffy tracts. There might be eighty feet of road carpeted by white butterflies, so many of them that if you drove too fast your tires lost their grip, and some people lost their lives, skidding on butterflies."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

7. "Tipping confounds me because it is not a reward but a travel tax, one of the many, one of the more insulting. No one is spared. It does not matter that you are paying thousands to stay in the presidential suite in the best hotel: the uniformed man seeing you to the elevator, inquiring about your trip, giving you a weather report, and carrying your bags to the suite expects money for this unasked-for attention. Out front, the doorman, gasconading in gold braid, wants a tip for snatching open a cab door, the bartender wants a proportion of your bill, so does the waiter, and chambermaids sometimes leave unambiguous messages, with an accompanying envelope, demanding cash. It is bad enough that people expect something extra for just doing their jobs; it is an even more dismal thought that every smile has a price."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

8. "Travel is transition, and at its best it is a journey from home, a setting forth. I hated parachuting into a place. I needed to be able to link one place to another. One of the problems I had with travel in general was the ease and speed with which a person could be transported from the familiar to the strange, the moon shot whereby the New York office worker, say, is insinuated overnight into the middle of Africa to gape at gorillas. That was just a way of feeling foreign. The other way, going slowly, crossing national frontiers, scuttling past razor wire with my bag and my passport, was the best way of being reminded that there was a relationship between Here and There, and that a travel narrative was the story of There and Back."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

9. "Maputo was much praised as a desirable destination, but it was a dreary, beat-up city of desperate people who had cowered there while war raged in the provinces for twenty-five years, destroying bridges, roads, and railways. Banks and donors and charities claimed to have had successes in Mozambique. I suspected they invented these successes to justify their existence; I saw no positive results of charitable efforts. But whenever I expressed skepticism about the economy, the unemployment, the potholes, or the petty thievery, people in Maputo said, as Africans elsewhere did, 'It was much worse before.' In many places, I knew, it was much better before. It was hard to imagine how much worse a place had to be for a broken-down city like Maputo to seem like an improvement."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

10. "The Swahili word safari means journey, it has nothing to do with animals, someone ‘on safari’ is just away and unobtainable and out of touch."
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

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