That which is both new and valuable. Conventionally, the word is employed by Europeans identifying something that captivates them about non-European cultures, but Alain de Botton also uses it to describe his fascination with Amsterdam.
The Exotic Quotes in The Art of Travel
The The Art of Travel quotes below are all either spoken by The Exotic or refer to The Exotic. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Art of Travel published in 2002.).
Chapter 3 Quotes
What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home.
The Exotic Term Timeline in The Art of Travel
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Chapter 3: On the Exotic
When he disembarks in the Amsterdam airport, de Botton is immediately fascinated by the exotic exit sign he sees overhead: the sign’s simplicity and peculiar Dutch vowel combinations give him... (full context)
...basket contains her groceries and includes a carton reading “Goodappletje.” While she would find nothing exotic about the image of herself, de Botton claims, he feels a need to understand everything... (full context)