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The meaning and origin of the expression: To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

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To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

Meaning

Hope and anticipation are often better than reality.

Origin

This phrase is a Robert Louis Stevenson quotation, from Virginibus Puerisque, 1881:

"Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour."

Stevenson was expressing the same idea as the earlier Taoist saying - "The journey is the reward."