It is better to travel hopefully...

Posted by Bob on October 25, 2005

In Reply to: It is better to travel hopefully... posted by ESC on October 25, 2005

: : : What does this Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson mean?
: : : "It is better to travel hopefully than it is to arrive."

: : I take it to mean that the pleasurable anticipation of something is better than the disappointing reality of its actually happening. A rather pessimistic view of life, perhaps.

: : DFG

: But a pleasant trip lasts longer than the moment of arrival.

RLS would certainly agree that life is a journey, and the last stop is death. Arriving is no great goal; living and enjoying life is what we must do. Stop to smell the roses. Enjoy the scenery. Carpe diem.

See also: the meaning and origin of Carpe Diem.