The Difference Between Houses and Boats

Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you can not think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable, not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition…. The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thence forward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place. — Arthur Ransome

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ransome#.22Swallows_and_Amazons.22


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  1. I’d not heard of Ransome. I enjoyed reading the Wiki.

    I wonder, though – wouldn’t those teeny, portable houses on wheels qualify as land-boats? I don’t mean trailers or RVs, but the actual little houses you can hook up and haul off. There are more of them about these days.

    I’m a big fan of the “tiny house” movement and yes, there are a lot of them that are built on small trailer bases. They’re built sturdily like big houses and they aren’t cheap, either.