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Moving

  • He moves a great deal. So often ... that every time he comes out into his backyard the chickens lie down and cross their legs, ready to be tied up again.

    • Zora Neale Hurston,
    • "The Eatonville Anthology", in Alice Walker, ed., I Love Myself When I Am Laughing ... And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive ()
  • Last summer, a man in one of the villages up the road sold the house in which he'd been born and lived for eighty-one years, and bought and moved into the house next door. A friend of mine asked him why. The fellow said, poker-faced, 'I reckon it's just the gypsy in me.'

  • Uprooting is by far the most dangerous of the ills of human society, for it perpetuates itself.

  • Used to move so much, every time the chickens saw the team put in the wagon, they'd lie down on their backs and hold their legs up to be tied!

  • When one is a child, the disposition of objects, tables and chairs and doors, seems part of the natural order: a house-move lets in chaos — as it does for a dog.

  • ... I designed furniture that pulled apart, folded, and broke down into neat stacks. Since arriving in California, I had moved four times and it looked as if I would move again. Was it the land running under my feet or my feet running over the land?

  • All my adult life, an insatiable curiosity has propelled me toward the next home, the next job, the next trip. It's as though, when I was born, some cosmic joke flung bits of me around the planet, and I've been on a lifelong scavenger hunt to find those parts of my psyche that lie outside this sack of flesh and bones.

  • If you kept moving, you never had to mourn what you were leaving behind.

  • As a national ideal carried to an extreme, though, mobility has created the circumstances for widespread fragmentation and damage. The avoidance of ties to a place, ties which take years to build, removes constraints, allows us to be indifferent to our towns and cities, to ignore their plights, to say but this isn't mine.

    • Deborah Tall,
    • "Dwelling: Making Peace With Space and Place," in Orion ()
  • ... I experienced the discomfort of those who have moved mentally, but are still clamped, physically, to the places they have moved from.

  • A certain amount of flexibility in the social structure is an advantage, but the mass migrations now habitual in our nation are disastrous to the family and to the formation of individual character. It is impossible to create a stable society if something like a third of our people are constantly moving about. We cannot grow fine human beings, any more than we can grow fine trees, if they are constantly torn up by the roots and transplanted.

  • I'm doing well, especially since / I moved away from here.

  • I believe in geographic cures — they allow you to throw all your cards in the air and see where they land, then pick them back up and deal them again.

  • Moving makes you feel all alone inside.

  • To leave a place, you'd best leave everything behind; all your possessions, including memory. Traveling's not as easy as it's made out to be.

  • Ah, I like the look of packing crates! A household in preparation for a journey! ... Something full of the flow of life, do you understand? Movement, progress ...