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Do you think It is better to travel well than to arrive?

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Is that intended as a variation on "Do the ends justify the means"?

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by:SunBow
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no, not intent, but .... Ok enough
just 'borrowing' a quote
while thinking also of project management
and previous P&R question
As for intent of one quoted, I (we) may have need for more care:
http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/fake-buddha-quote-it-is-better-to-travel-well-than-to-arrive/
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Ah, yes. Reminds me of another quote:

The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.
....Abraham Lincoln

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by:SunBow
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Some say he wrote that on a napkin, others TP, others say it was on an envelope while riding a monorail.

From modern era, quote is like:

"A project is 90% done 90% of the time"

Seems to miss out on the endorphins that arise from finishing the task undertaken.
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Your opinion?
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Personally, I disagree with what seems to be the direct point of the quote, while generally agreeing with what might be the spiritual point (assuming someone such as the Buddha being the originator as a 'Teacher').

I have no clear idea what "travel well" means in its mundane sense. First-class air travel? Riding rather than walking? Travelling in comfort and style?

Nope. Not for me. I prefer getting to the destination.

But in a spiritual sense, I am much more interested in "traveling well" than in getting to whatever the end destination might be. IMO, the destination shouldn't even be a factor in choosing how to live along the journey. If focus is on living right, and on helping others to experience the journey, then the appropriate destination will be found automatically.

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by:SunBow
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I think I agree. Mixed feelings.
Suppose round trip, order of precedence. Need of completing one step before beginning another - unless 'on the run'.
Being first in line at the 'pearly gates' of a St Peter may not make the most of being prepared.

Completing building of a house (some project), not so swell if parts of intended structural support omitted.

Building house of straw on sandy beach in one month
may not do as well as
Building house of wood on red clay in two months
which may not fare so swell as
Building house of brick on rocks in three months

Which builder gets the most freed time available can vary.

Depending on google to remember and find and analyze everything that ever was - can lead to fallacy.

The link's author search post-dates my memory of quote. Just because he fails to find does not mean it did not happen.

As it were, I do not recall source of quote any more, memory fades, it sounds also like something a Gandhi or Buddha or an Aesop might have said, and neither used KJV of English as a first language.

I agree that the intent of forming the quote is for the more 'spiritual', and you can't say it much better than:


» the destination shouldn't even be a factor in choosing how to live along the journey.

    - or -

» If focus is on living right, and on helping others to experience the journey, then the appropriate destination will be found automatically.
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»  I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
      – Hernando Cortez
»  To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
       – Robert Louis Stevenson
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