"As a general rule of biology, migratory species are less 'aggressive' than sedentary ones. There is one obvious reason why this should be so. The migration itself, like the pilgrimage, is the hard journey: a 'leveller' on which the 'fit' survive and stragglers fall by the wayside. The journey thus pre-empts the need for hierarchies and shows of dominance. The 'dictators' of the animal kingdom are those who live in an ambience of plenty. The anarchists, as always, are the 'gentleman of the road'."
- Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines
ABOUT BRUCE CHATWIN
Charles Bruce Chatwin (1940 - 1989) was an English writer and journalist, best known for one of the best travel books of all time, In Patagonia (1977). He considered himself more of a storyteller, and he is known for his eloquence and the way in which his characters become alive. He worked for Sotheby’s, eventually running the Antiquities and Impression Art departments, and later studied archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, before abandoning it all to become a writer. He was hired by The Sunday Times Magazine in 1972 where he got further opportunity to travel the world. He also wrote novels; he won the James Tait Black for On the Black Hill (1982) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Utz 1988), a novel about the obsession of people who like to collect. Chatwin was married and bisexual, and he died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989, leaving several novels unfinished.
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GREAT QUOTES BY BRUCE CHATWIN
"Travel doesn't merely broaden the mind. It makes the mind."
"Sluggish and sedentary peoples, such as the Ancient Egyptians-- with their concept of an afterlife journey through the Field of Reeds-- project on to the next world the journeys they failed to make in this one."
“To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe,”