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G K Chesterton Free Inspirational Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Melbourne, Australia)

Weekly Wonder Online: 10

G K Chesterton wonders...

"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."

Listen to my thoughts about G K Chesterton's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about where I went on holiday, this year - can you believe I went to Melbourne, Australia!.

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What I Wonder...

(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

So, as I kind of say in the video, travelling - or visiting somewhere new - is an opportunity to a) see yourself anew and b) to see with your own eyes, rather than somebody else's.

With all the modern technology at our disposal - cameras, mobile phones, laptops to mention a few - it is very easy to travel someplace new, snap away and then lose yourself in conversations with people who are not even with you.

It is very easy to DO the touristy thing, tick off what you're meant to see and get the photographic proof of your success. And then... NEXT!

And this is NOT the way to experience anywhere - new or otherwise. It is NOT how to see with your own eyes.

So when I travelled to Thailand, I did not see what the tourists saw (nor the travellers for that matter), I saw the impact the tourist (AND traveller) was having on the country - litter, and a drug culture borrowed from the west! (I also noticed a very friendly people, fantastic street food and delicious fruit, too, on the positive side!)

And when I lived in Malawi, Africa (see my Diary of a Volunteer website if you're at all interested in my experience!) I noticed the friendly (but passive) people, and the beautiful landscape, but I couldn't help but notice my own culture and, sad to say, my own negativity!

(I think living somewhere gives scope for such self-examination compared to just travelling!)

These are the thoughts that came to mind when I read G K Chesterton's inspirational quote, anyway.

How about you, I'd love to hear your wisdom regarding this quote too... :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS And here are two more free inspirational quotes from G K Chesterton

"Angels fly because they take themselves lightly."

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.

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Oct 03, 2010
Start the ball rolling, with this comment...
by: Steve

Well I think Steve's spot on with this inspirational quote! I think it's far to easy for people to travel, and to not take in exactly *where* they've travelled to!

I also love the captions on these videos too.

But then, I would, wouldn't I... ;-)


Oct 08, 2010
If we could live as travellers......
by: Filomena Ianni

What would life look, feel like, how would it change, if we could all be like travelers, not like tourists. If we could be open to what we meet on our way and to what meets us, to the unexpected, the uncontrolled, the unplanned and if - having made those plans - we were able to shift and change them, learning from our encounters, if we stopped prescribing what has to happen for us to be happy, fulfilled, worthy, if we let LIFE show us....

I like the image in this quote, Steve. I've just decided, I want to be a TRAVELER!

Thank you :-)

Mar 12, 2014
What do we see?
by: Larry

Yes I think it is a very good quote.

Do we see what we have been told, educated or persuaded to see, or do we see what is actually there?

Or . . . do we see what we perceive to be there? Someone else could have quite a different perception.

Also, there's none so blind as those who won't see :)

Mar 13, 2014
Missing the good things in life
by: doreeen

I just love you Steve, the quotes are great, you always make me smile . Doreen.

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