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Rosita Forbes

  • It is true there is a scent in the desert, though there may be no flower or tree or blade of grass within miles. It is the essence of the untrodden, untarnished earth herself!

  • The desert has a subtle and a cruel charm. She destroys while she enthralls.

  • ... it is a curious fact that camels walk more quickly and straighter to the sound of singing.

  • ... the camels had strayed far in search of scarce grass. When collected, they displayed a fiendish ingenuity in throwing their loads and tangling themselves up in every possible strap.

  • The laws all true wanderers obey are these: 'Thou shalt not eat nor drink more than thy share,' 'Thou shalt not lie about the places thou hast visited or the distances thou hast traversed.'

  • I looked at our eighteen camels with much anxiety. ... One of them was a living picture of all that a camel should not be. He might have been used succesfully by the Khartoum Camel Corps as an example to enthusiastic young officers of what not to buy.

  • There were twelve dishes of lamb cooked in different rich sauces, with a monster bowl of strange oddments, which I imagine also belonged to the private life of a sheep, floating in rich gravy.

  • ... the desert breeds reserve. It is so big that one's own plans and projects seem too little to be talked about. Also, there is so much time to say anything that one continually puts it off and ends by never saying it at all.

Rosita Forbes, English travel writer, explorer

(1890 - 1967)

Full name: Joan Rosita Torr Forbes.