J. Maarten Troost Famous Quotes & Sayings

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30 J. Maarten Troost Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I had read the book 1421 - The Year China Discovered the World by Gavin I had read the book 1421 - The Year China Discovered the World by Gavin Menzies and become intrigued by his perspective on the era. Menzies, of course,
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: The longer we spent on Tarawa the more Sylvia and I came to realize that The longer we spent on Tarawa the more Sylvia and I came to realize that to live on Tarawa is to experience a visceral form of bipolar disorder. There is the ecstatic high, when you find yourself swept away in a lagoonside maneaba rumbling to the frenzied singing and dancing of hundreds of rapturous islanders. And there are the crushing lows, when you succumb to a listless depression, brought about by the unyielding heat, sporadic sickness, pitiless isolation, food shortages, and the realization that so much of what ails Tarawa, the overpopulation and all its attendant health and social problems, need not be as bad as it is.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: It was, to reiterate, to stress, to accentuate the point, to leave no doubt, hot. It was, to reiterate, to stress, to accentuate the point, to leave no doubt, hot.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Fortunately, due to a terrible misunderstanding, I soon found myself working as a consultant to Fortunately, due to a terrible misunderstanding, I soon found myself working as a consultant to the World Bank. I am not exactly sure what it was that led the World Bank to believe I had any expertise in infrastructure finance. I had never even balanced a checkbook. I hadn't even tried. There is not much reason to balance a checkbook when your checking account rarely tops the three-figure mark. And so, to the Third World countries who had the misfortune of working with me on their infrastructure projects, I wish to apologize.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I made arrangements with Bitaki, a teammate on the soccer team I played with, to I made arrangements with Bitaki, a teammate on the soccer team I played with, to go fishing with his brothers, who typically worked the waters off Maiana, the nearest island south of Tarawa. When I mentioned to Sylvia that I was going, she said: "No, you're not." "And what do you mean by 'No, you're not'?" I determined right then that I would go out fishing every week. No, every day. I would become a professional fisherman. I would become sun-browned and sea-weathered. I would smell like fish. I would be a Salty Dog. "I mean," Sylvia said, "that when the engine dies and you start drifting, which will happen, because things like that do seem to happen to you, you will not survive two days. Your skin will fry, you will collapse from dehydration, and because you will be the most useless person on the boat, you will be regarded by the others as a potential food source." I didn't like the imagery here.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Nevertheless, while I may not have completely understood what Holy Communion was all about, Catholicism Nevertheless, while I may not have completely understood what Holy Communion was all about, Catholicism did allow me to see the nuances in cannibalism. Eating the flesh of another human being, I understood, might not always be a really, really bad thing to do. If you were a good Catholic, you had some every Sunday.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I was simply restless, quite likely because of a dissatisfaction with the recent trajectory of I was simply restless, quite likely because of a dissatisfaction with the recent trajectory of my life, and if there is a better, more compelling reason for dropping everything and moving to the end of the world, I know not what it is.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: We don't think much about climate change and rising sea levels here in the U.S. 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.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: It is an unfortunate reality for innate idlers that our modern world requires one to It is an unfortunate reality for innate idlers that our modern world requires one to hold a job to maintain a sustainable existence. Idling, I find, if immensely underrated, even vilified by some who see inactivity as the gateway for the Evil One.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: It is a remarkably easy thing to do, pointing out the faults of others and 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.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: It was as if the sensory overload that is American life had somehow led to It was as if the sensory overload that is American life had somehow led to sensory deprivation, a gilded weariness, where everything is permitted and nothing appreciated.
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J. Maarten Troost Sayings: So you've decided to travel around the world. This is an excellent thing to do. 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 Sayings: Bwenawa brought my attention to two wooden planks raised about four feet above the ground. Bwenawa brought my attention to two wooden planks raised about four feet above the ground. On the ledges were lagoon fish sliced open and lying in the sun, the carcasses just visible through an enveloping blizzard of flies. "You see, " said Bwenawa. "The water dries in the sun, leaving the salt. It's kang-kang [tasty]. We call it salt fish."
"Ah," I said. "In my country we call it rotten fish.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away. But it's a funny thing, escapism. Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away. But it's a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I had, of course, witnessed hundreds of people in a casino before, mindlessly dropping coins I had, of course, witnessed hundreds of people in a casino before, mindlessly dropping coins into slot machines. They don't play for money in America. It's true. The big payout is incidental to most gamblers. It's the numbness they're after. Not so in China. No one had that look of glazed stupor often found in American casinos.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I have been called many things in my life, but if there has been but 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 Sayings: The gift of sobriety is clarity and a sense of connection - and travel only The gift of sobriety is clarity and a sense of connection - and travel only enhances that.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Escapism, we are led to believe, is evidence of a deficiency in character, a certain 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 Sayings: Personally I regard idling as a virtue, but civilized society holds otherwise. Personally I regard idling as a virtue, but civilized society holds otherwise.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I had grown accustomed to life being interesting and adventure ridden and, rather childishly, I I had grown accustomed to life being interesting and adventure ridden and, rather childishly, I refused to believe that this must necessarily come to an end and that the rest of my life should be a sort of penance for all the reckless, irresponsible, and immensely fun things I'd done before.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: It is often said that Americans have no sense of history. Ask a college student It is often said that Americans have no sense of history. Ask a college student who Jimmy Carter was and they will likely reply that he was a general in the Civil War, which occurred in 1492, when Americans dumped tea into the Gulf of Tonkin, sparking the First World War, which ended with the invasion of Grenada and the development of the cotton press.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Like many highly educated people, I didn't have much in the way of actual skills. Like many highly educated people, I didn't have much in the way of actual skills.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip. Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: You can read and read, but nothing eclipses experience. You can read and read, but nothing eclipses experience.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: I'm off to an island nation where formal wear consists of a leaf tired around I'm off to an island nation where formal wear consists of a leaf tired around a penis.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: There's a reason that there are oodles of young Aussies, Germans, Japanese, even Chinese backpackers 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 Sayings: Don't get me wrong. Sacramento is a lovely place, particularly for those with a fondness Don't get me wrong. Sacramento is a lovely place, particularly for those with a fondness for methamphetamines. For the meth-addled, Sacramento had conveniently placed a Greyhound bus station just yards from the statehouse where Austria's finest was sworn in as governor of the great state of California.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: For what is life, a good life, but the accumulation of small pleasures? For what is life, a good life, but the accumulation of small pleasures?
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: Like many air travelers, I am aware that airplanes fly aided by capricious fairies and Like many air travelers, I am aware that airplanes fly aided by capricious fairies and invisible strings.
J. Maarten Troost Sayings: No one who claims this to be a small world has ever flown across the No one who claims this to be a small world has ever flown across the Pacific.