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I have learned that the cost of everything from a royal suite to a bottle of soda water can be halved by the simple expedient of saying it must be halved.
Herat, 8 December. What a day it was! God save me from any more adventures on a drained stomach.
The existence of St Sophia is atmospheric; that of St Peter's, overpoweringly, imminently substantial. One is a church to God: the other a salon for his agents. One is consecrated to reality, the other, to illusion. St Sophia in fact is large, and St Peter's is vilely, tragically small.
Mrs Budge Bulkeley, worth £32,000,000, has arrived here [Isfahan] accompanied by some lesser millionairesses. They are in great misery because the caviar is running out.
On fellow travellers in Persia
Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can't. Diplomacy won't. It has to be people like us.
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Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
February 26, 1905
February 24, 1941
Robert Byron was a British travel writer, best known for his travelogue The Road to Oxiana. He was also a noted writer, art critic and historian.
The Road to Oxiana (1937)
The Byzantine achievement (1929)
First Russia, Then Tibet
Europe in the looking-glass
The Station Athos: Treasures and Men (1928)
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