"I have always listened with admiration, if not envy, to the declarations of citizens who tell how they have lived for twenty or thirty years in the same section of town, or even the same house, and who have never been out of their native city.

"Not to feel the torturing need to know and see for oneself what is there, beyond the mysterious blue wall of the horizon, not to find the arrangements of life monotonous and depressing, to look at the white road leading off into the unknown distance without feeling the imperious necessity of giving in to it and following obediently across mountains and valleys! The cowardly belief that man must stay in one place is too reminiscent of the unquestioning resignation of animals, beasts of burden stupefied by servitude and yet always willing to accept the slipping on of the harness."

*Isabelle Eberhardt - written circa 1900.

from "Pencilled Notes" in _The Oblivion Seekers_, translated by Paul Bowles, City Lights Books, San Francisco. ISBN 0-87286-082-5


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