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Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "On a harsh expedition, there's no space for anyone who does not intend to finish."

On a harsh expedition, there's no space for anyone who does not intend to finish.




Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The rain of Madre de Dios is similar to that of the Amazon, but there is a petrifying aspect to it, as if it seeks to wound rather than to nurture."

The rain of Madre de Dios is similar to that of the Amazon, but there is a petrifying aspect to it, as if it seeks to wound rather than to nurture.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "A man who embarks on a journey must know when to end it."

A man who embarks on a journey must know when to end it.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Previous journeys had taught me the danger of taking too much stuff."

Previous journeys had taught me the danger of taking too much stuff.




Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Any man who has ever led an army, an expedition, or a group of Boy Scouts has sadism in his bones."

Any man who has ever led an army, an expedition, or a group of Boy Scouts has sadism in his bones.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The taste for glory can make ordinary men behave in extraordinary ways."

The taste for glory can make ordinary men behave in extraordinary ways.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there."

The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there.




Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead."

Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Running an expedition can bring out the worst in a man. It can make you a power-crazed monster."

Running an expedition can bring out the worst in a man. It can make you a power-crazed monster.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Experience has taught me the power of trophies. You may have every knick-knack and useless contraption ever devised, but while they weigh you down, a simple trophy can go a long, long way."

Experience has taught me the power of trophies. You may have every knick-knack and useless contraption ever devised, but while they weigh you down, a simple trophy can go a long, long way.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The forest did not tolerate frailty of body or mind. Show your weakness, and it would consume you without hesitation."

The forest did not tolerate frailty of body or mind. Show your weakness, and it would consume you without hesitation.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "As far as I was concerned, a little danger of head-shrinking is a small price to pay in return for a people who have remained true to an ancient code."

As far as I was concerned, a little danger of head-shrinking is a small price to pay in return for a people who have remained true to an ancient code.




Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The ability to tell a good route from a terrible one is a valuable skill when leading an expedition. Unfortunately for us all, it was a skill I did not possess."

The ability to tell a good route from a terrible one is a valuable skill when leading an expedition. Unfortunately for us all, it was a skill I did not possess.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Searching for a lost city is a particularly European obsession."

Searching for a lost city is a particularly European obsession.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Through a strange kind of geographic arrogance, Europeans like to think that the world was a silent, dark, unknown place until they trooped out and discovered it."

Through a strange kind of geographic arrogance, Europeans like to think that the world was a silent, dark, unknown place until they trooped out and discovered it.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "There are two ways to find a lost city. The first is to rely on luck alone, the second is to control all the information."

There are two ways to find a lost city. The first is to rely on luck alone, the second is to control all the information.




Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The situation was different in the jungle. Every inch of ground had to be earned, and was done so through much exertion with the blade."

The situation was different in the jungle. Every inch of ground had to be earned, and was done so through much exertion with the blade.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Normally I would have been the first to go in search of cannibal monks, particularly as I had heard of a similar tradition at a nunnery in the Philippines. It's the sort of quest I can't resist."

Normally I would have been the first to go in search of cannibal monks, particularly as I had heard of a similar tradition at a nunnery in the Philippines. It's the sort of quest I can't resist.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Only a man who has his health, a full stomach and wears clean clothes would ever entertain the notion of tracking down the greatest lost city on Earth."

Only a man who has his health, a full stomach and wears clean clothes would ever entertain the notion of tracking down the greatest lost city on Earth.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "On a hard jungle journey nothing is so important as having a team you can trust."

On a hard jungle journey nothing is so important as having a team you can trust.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "In some warped way, having an embalmed body with us made perfect sense."

In some warped way, having an embalmed body with us made perfect sense.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Previous experience had taught me that any expedition marches on its stomach."

Previous experience had taught me that any expedition marches on its stomach.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The porters could always be coaxed to continue a little further through driving rain by the mere suggestion of a Pot Noodle at the end."

The porters could always be coaxed to continue a little further through driving rain by the mere suggestion of a Pot Noodle at the end.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "Ours was not going to be a clone of the usual expeditions, oozing with sleekness. It was clear from the start that oddity was our advantage."

Ours was not going to be a clone of the usual expeditions, oozing with sleekness. It was clear from the start that oddity was our advantage.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "My journey to the land of the Shuar tribe had taught me the importance of practical gifts."

My journey to the land of the Shuar tribe had taught me the importance of practical gifts.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "If hot food is they key to maintaining an expedition's stamina, then low grade gut-rot alcohol is the key to sustaining its sense of pleasure."

If hot food is they key to maintaining an expedition's stamina, then low grade gut-rot alcohol is the key to sustaining its sense of pleasure.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The last thing we wanted was for the Machiguenga to be sad again. Sadness appeared to bring out their violence."

The last thing we wanted was for the Machiguenga to be sad again. Sadness appeared to bring out their violence.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "There comes a stage at which a man would rather die cleanly by a bullet than by the unknown terror of the phantom in the forest."

There comes a stage at which a man would rather die cleanly by a bullet than by the unknown terror of the phantom in the forest.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "The only thing they valued higher than ammunition were Man United footballs."

The only thing they valued higher than ammunition were Man United footballs.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "I was no longer troubled when he pulled out a machete in a crowded bar, tried to pick up schoolgirls, or threatened to scalp us, then rip off our heads and scoop out our brains."

I was no longer troubled when he pulled out a machete in a crowded bar, tried to pick up schoolgirls, or threatened to scalp us, then rip off our heads and scoop out our brains.



Tahir Shah, House Of The Tiger King: The Quest For A Lost City Quotes: "In the world of the Machiguenga, sadness could be equated with anger, and anger was a perilous emotion, by which a foreigner could lose his life."

In the world of the Machiguenga, sadness could be equated with anger, and anger was a perilous emotion, by which a foreigner could lose his life.