Richard Francis Burton

  • Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow

    Richard Francis Burton
  • Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the slavery of Civilization, man feels once more happy

    Richard Francis Burton
  • I'd like to be born the son of a duke with 90,000 pounds a year, on an enormous estate.... And I'd like to have the most enormous library, and I'd like to think that I could read those books forever and forever, and die unlamented, unknown, unsung, unhonored - and packed with information

    Richard Francis Burton
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