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J. Maarten Troost

Dutch,  Writer
Total Quotes : 9
My Life Been Constant

I have been called many things in my life, but if there has been but one constant, one barb, one arrow flung my way time after time, it is the accusation that I am, in essence, nothing more than an escapist. Apparently this is bad, suspect, possibly even un-American.

- J. Maarten Troost

Over Enjoyable Lingering

Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip.

- J. Maarten Troost

Ahead Away Evidence

Escapism, we are led to believe, is evidence of a deficiency in character, a certain failure of temperament, and like so many -isms, it is to be strenuously avoided. 'How do you expect to get ahead?,' people ask. But the question altogether misses the point. The escapist doesn't want to get ahead. He simply wants to get away.

- J. Maarten Troost

Here Rising Ecosystem

We don't think much about climate change and rising sea levels here in the U.S. Beyond a few gardeners, birders and hikers who notice the changes in our own ecosystem, we live on, blissfully unaware of our changing Earth. Our storms - Katrina, Sandy - are dismissed as once-in-a-century events.

- J. Maarten Troost

Experience Nothing Read

You can read and read, but nothing eclipses experience.

- J. Maarten Troost

Gift Sobriety Enhances

The gift of sobriety is clarity and a sense of connection - and travel only enhances that.

- J. Maarten Troost

Planet Precious Excellent

So you've decided to travel around the world. This is an excellent thing to do. It's a precious place, this planet. We should see it.

- J. Maarten Troost

Big Very Big Money

It is a remarkably easy thing to do, pointing out the faults of others and suggesting remedies or courses of action in an argumentative and pedantic sort of way, and I am still amazed that there are many people in the American media who are paid very big money to do this.

- J. Maarten Troost

Luck Young Reason

There's a reason that there are oodles of young Aussies, Germans, Japanese, even Chinese backpackers traipsing around the world. They are unencumbered by debilitating student loans. No such luck for the American Theater Arts major with $120,000 in loans.

- J. Maarten Troost