The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

A self-proclaimed grump who travels the world searching for happiness. A light hearted and interesting read recommended for those with a wanderlust soul. ūüôā


Favorite Sentences

Disclaimer: I did not write any of these, these are merely my favorite sentences from The Geography of Bliss written by Eric Weiner


 Patience and Boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. Boredom is a decision.

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We like to think we really made a difference. Okay, in a week’s scale it may have been interesting. Take another forty years, I’m not so sure. Take three generations, and you will be forgotten without a trace.

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Karma Ura’s life is integrated. Organic. Not a series of silos – work, love, family – like most people’s I know. Like mine.

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We cannot judge by action, only by motivation.

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Qataris, like all nouveau riche, possess a strange mix of arrogance and insecurity. What they crave, most of all, is validation.

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Travel, at its best, transform us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home.

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Humans, even nomadic ones, need a sense of home. Home need not be one place or any place at all, but every home has two essential elements: a sense of community and, even more important, a history.

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Either way, an important ingredient in the good life, the happy life, is connecting to something larger than ourselves, recognizing that we are not mere blips on the cosmic radar screen but part of something much bigger.

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You’re either a member of the tribe or you’re not. There’s no in-between.

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We are shaped not only by our current geography but by our ancestral ones as well.

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During life’s difficult patches, camaraderie blunts our misery; during the good times, it boosts our happiness.

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A love of language may not guarantee happiness, but it allows you to express your despair eloquently, and that is worth something.

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Thais firmly believe that spice is the spice of life.

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A real smile is in the eyes.

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You can’t change things outside yourself, so you can change your attitude.

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Periods of good fortune naturally alternate with periods of adversity, just as sunny days are interspersed with rainy ones.

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Some people don’t want to be happy, and that’s okay. They want meaningful lives, and those are not always the same as happy lives.

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The relationship between death and geography is complicated. Sometimes, when unspeakable tragedy strikes – when someone losses a child, for instance – they feel obliged to flee the scene immediately, hoping that by changing physical location they might lighten the unbearable grief pressing down on them. Other times, though, we feel compelled to stay. The place is all that remains, and to leave would feel like a betrayal.

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If you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

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Maybe this is how enlightenment happens. Not with a thunderclap or a bolt of lightening but as a steady drip, drip, drip until one day you realize your bucket is full.