Gavin Young wrote in his autobiography that the following quote from Joseph Conrad’s ‘Youth’ is a stunning invocation to travel and adventure. I heartily concur.
“And this is how I see the East. I see it always from a small boat… I have the feel of the oar in my hand… And I see a bay, a wide bay, smooth as glass and polished like ice, shimmering in the dark. A red light burns far off upon the gloom of the land, and the night is soft and warm. We drag at the oars with aching arms, and suddenly a puff of wind comes out of the still night – the first sigh of the East on my face. That I can never forget.”