This is probably my single favourite quote of all time and has been for most of my adult life. I’ve been reluctant to include it in this little series of mine, worried I wouldn’t do it justice or be able to express why I find it so incredibly powerful.
I decided in the end that I would share it anyway, and of course, you will take from it what you take from it, just as I do.
It’s not really a travel quote per se… it’s more of a comment on human nature.
Who we are, what we believe, what we love and hate and are indifferent towards, what we know and understand and what we are ignorant of, what we have experienced in our life and what is alien to us… all of these things shape our perception of everything we see. My truth may not be your truth. If I describe what I see, believing my description to be objectively accurate, you might describe the same thing in a wholly different way, and your description may be just as truthful.
“We don’t see things are they are, we see them as we are.”
The quote is by Anaïs Nin, a hugely insightful and influential twentieth century writer. Born in France to Cuban parents, she lived most of her life in the United States. Her writings are extensive and the source of many popular quotes.
I hope it’s a fitting choice to celebrate a year of Travel Quote Tuesday!
A sea of penguins for almost as far as the eye could see. That was the astonishing view that greeted us as we approached Salisbury Plain on South Georgia, on our first visit to Antarctica. It’s an incredible sight (and smell and sound) and I was (and still am) captivated by it. This handsome pair were oblivious to the others around them stretching up in a courting ritual repeated by many other pairs across the vast beach.
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