John L. Stoddard's Lectures, Vol. 01 (of 10) Norway, Switzerland, Athens, Venice

John Lawson Stoddard John L. Stoddard's Lectures, Vol. 01 (of 10) Norway, Switzerland, Athens, Venice
ISBN:
2000000001851
Мова:
англійська
Автор:
John Lawson Stoddard
Рік видання:
2018 р.
Видавництво:
Project Gutenberg
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A witty French abbé was once asked why he kept up a country-seat which he never visited. "Do you not know," he answered, "that I must have some place, where, though I never go to it, I can always imagine that I might be happier than where I am?" The world is like the abbé. Most of us are not living, we are anticipating life. We are always "going to our country seats." It is the land we have not visited that is to give to us our greatest happiness. If we have not yet found it in America, it is awaiting us in Europe; if not in Europe, surely in Japan. As the Germans say, "Da wo ich nicht bin, da ist das Glück." Hence travel is attractive, if only as a means of acquiring that happiness which here seems so elusive. All of us hope to some day visit Europe and the Orient, and for that reason everything pertaining to their beauty, art, and history seems alluring. But when these have been seen, the wished-for goal of the untraveled world again recedes, and the desire is just as strong to visit other and more distant lands.

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