Quote: "Travelling suggestions from strangers are postcards from god"
March 27, 2019 4:11 PM   Subscribe

I have obviously misremembered the quote "Travelling suggestions from strangers are postcards from god." I’m hoping someone with better Google-fu than I can help me track down the original. Anyone?
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Society & Culture (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Could it be Vonnegut, from Cat's Cradle: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God"?
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:28 PM on March 27, 2019 [10 favorites]


Agreeing with, and piggybacking onto, nebulawindphone's answer:
Vonnegut has the line — “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” — come through the in-story writings of the religious figurehead in Cat's Cradle, Bokonon.
And as Wikiquote says, “Despite having a definite source, this particular line is misquoted on the Internet in many ways, with “unexpected’, ‘strange’, and ‘unusual’ commonly substituted for ‘peculiar’, and ‘arrangements’ for ‘suggestions’.”
posted by D.Billy at 4:51 PM on March 27, 2019 [2 favorites]


Ah hah! I’m certain that’s the original. I had thought it was Vonnegut but nothing fit.

It’s weird how our brain morphs things over time, and how other people’s brains are able to unmorph them. Thanks!
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:22 PM on March 27, 2019


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