Sir Richard Burton Quote

This quote is from the book ‘To The Holy Shrines’ by Sir Richard Burton, published in 1853.


The thorough-bred wanderers idiosyncracy I presume to be a composition of what phrenologists call ‘inhabitiveness’ and ‘locality’ equally and largely developed. After a long and toilsome march, weary of the way, he drops into the nearest place of rest to become the most domestic of men. For a while he smokes the ‘pipe of permanence’ with an infinite zest; he delights in various siestas during the day, relishing withal deep sleep during the dark hours; he enjoys dining at a fixed dinner hour, and he wonders at the demoralisation of the mind which cannot find means of excitement in chit-chat or small talk, in a novel or a newspaper. But soon the passive fit has passed away; again a paroxysm of ennui coming on by slow degrees, Viator loses appetite, he walks about his room all night, he yawns at conversations, and a book acts upon him as a narcotic. The man wants to wander, and he must do so, or he shall die.

[vahy-ey-tawr, -ter]
a wayfarer; traveler.

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