Jan Morris Quotes

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Jan Morris Quotes

If I was an aspirant litterateur, I was also an aspirant anarchist. I have disliked Authority always, though sometimes seduced by its resplendence.
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Book lovers will understand me,
and they will know too that part of the pleasure
of a library lies in its very existence.

— Jan Morris

A scent of jasmine and a rasp of sand.

— Jan Morris

This was my introduction to mountaineering, and clumsy indeed were my movements as we moved off.

— Jan Morris

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure, has become very largely a commodity, and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that it is a social requirement, too.

— Jan Morris

There are only two rules. One is E. M. Forster's guide to Alexandria; the best way to know Alexandria is to wander aimlessly. The second is from the Psalms; grin like a dog and run about through the city.

— Jan Morris

Was there ever a name more full of purpose than Chicago's? ... spoken as Chicagoans themselves speak it, with a bit of a spit to give heft to its slither, it is gloriously onomatopoetic.

— Jan Morris

I resist the idea that travel writing has got to be factual.

— Jan Morris

Vermonters are not only charmless of manner, on the whole; they are also, as far as I can judge, utterly without pretence, and give the salutary impression that they don't care ten cents whether you are amused, affronted, intrigued, or bored stiff by them. Hardly anybody asked me how I liked Vermont. Not a soul said 'Have a nice day!

— Jan Morris

I am when the Chinese, who know everything, build a house, they consult the precepts of an ancient science, Feng Shui, which tells them exactly how, when, and where the work must be done, and so brings good fortune to the home forever.

— Jan Morris

Australia is a country not so much of fulfillment as of theatrical expectation.

— Jan Morris

The personality of St. John's, Newfoundland, hits you like a smack in the face with a dried cod, enthusiastically administered by its citizenry.

— Jan Morris

As to sex, the original pleasure, I cannot recommend too highly the advantages of androgyny.

— Jan Morris

I was born with the wrong body, being feminine by gender but male by sex, and I could achieve completeness only when the one was adjusted to the other.

— Jan Morris

The genius of Canada remains essentially a deflationary genius.

— Jan Morris

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