Blue Highways
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By William Least Heat-Moon

travel | 428 pages | Published in NaN

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi."His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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Quotes

A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.

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What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

William Least Heat-Moon

Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while.

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A person who knows where the road goes is a person who knows where he wants to go. A person who knows where he wants to go is not a person who is lost.

William Least Heat-Moon

The longest journey is the journey inward.

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He knew that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, but he also knew that the journey of a thousand miles requires only one step.

William Least Heat-Moon

Real travel requires a maximum of unscheduled wandering, for there is no other way of discovering surprises and marvels, which, as I see it, is the only good reason for not staying at home.

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To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.

William Least Heat-Moon

Everything looks new, and even the old is unfamiliar.

William Least Heat-Moon

I wondered if the highway was really just a beltway around the great nothingness that is America.

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