Quotes on Travel from “The Beach”

13 05 2010

The Beach (2000)

Starring Leonardo di Caprio as “Richard”

This film, adapted from a novel of the same name, centres on a young nicotine-addicted traveller named Richard. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by a strange neighbour. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where other wayward souls have settled. The film reminded of a thought I once heard – how life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on, ‘and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’ We need to seize the moment – Carpe Diem! Enjoy these quotes…

Quinton

[opening lines]

Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I’m from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous. So after eighteen hours in the back of an airplane, three dumb movies, two plastic meals, six beers and absolutely no sleep, I finally touch down; in Bangkok.

Richard: I told myself spreading news was part of a traveller’s nature, but if I was being completely honest, I was just like everybody else: scared to death of the great unknown. Desperate to take a little piece of home with me.

Richard: The only downer is, everyone’s got the same idea. We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you gotta ask yourself, what is the point of that? I just feel like everyone tries to do something different, but you always wind up doing the same damn thing.

Richard: Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.

Richard: You hope, and you dream. But you never believe that something’s gonna happen for you. Not like it does in the movies. And when it actually does, you want it to feel different, more visceral, more real. I was waiting for it to hit me, but it just wouldn’t happen.

[last lines]

Richard: And me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever.

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