OUTDOOR QUOTES TO PONDER
My collection of outdoor quotes I’ve gotten from trail journals on The Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and CDT and elsewhere. –Keith Drury www.keithdrury.com
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive,
but it is the lightning that does the work.
I like trees because
they seem more resigned
to the way they have to live
than other things do.
-Willa Cather, O Pioneers
It is unfair
to blame man too fiercely for being pugnacious;
he learned the habit from nature.
-Christopher Moreley, Inward Ho!
Never does nature say one thing
and wisdom another.
Silently one by one,
in the infinite meadows of heaven,
blossomed the lovely stars,
the forget-me-nots of the angels.
The whole secret of the study of nature
lies in learning how to use one's eyes.
Someone said to Socrates
that a certain man had
grown no better by his travels.
"I should think not," he said:
"he took himself along with him."
-Michel de Montaigne
I love his title.
A traveler is to be reverenced as such.
His profession is the best symbol of our life.
it is the history of every one of us.
-Henry David Thoreau
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-Shakespeare Trollus and Cressida
People from a planet without flowers would think
we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
-Iris Murdoch A Fairly Honorable Defeat
The wind shows us how close to the edge we are
Rocks do not recommend the land
to the tiller of the soil,
but they recommend it
to those who reap a harvest of another sort
--the artist, the poet, the walker, the student,
and lover of all primitive open-air things.
Thanks to the interstate highway system,
it is now possible to travel across the country
from coast to coast without seeing anything.
-Charles Kuralt, On The Road
Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds.
-John Milton Paradise Lost
The wind blows where it chooses,
you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
To make a prairie it takes clover and one bee,
One clover and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
There can be no very black melancholy to him
who lives in the midst of nature and has his senses still.
There was never yet such a storm
but it was Aeolian music to a healthy and innocent ear.
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Every formula which expresses a law of nature
is a hymn of praise to God.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move.
-Robert Loius Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey
A road is a dagger placed in the heart of a wilderness.
Do not look to the ground for your next step;
greatness lies with those who look to the horizon.
I do not own an inch of land,
but all I see is mine.
I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in the rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
-Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night.
I chatter, chatter, as I flow,
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever
--Alfred Lord Tennyson The Brook
The clearest way into the universe
is through a forest wilderness.
The mountains lie in the curves so tender
I want to lay my arm around them
as God does.
-Olive Dargan, Twilight
The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes,
their written language is too difficult for human minds,
and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.
Here I am, safely returned
over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange
than anything I had hoped for or imagined
--how is it that this safe return brings such regret?
“A man does not climb a mountain
without bringing some of it away with him,
and leaving something of himself upon it."
-- Sir Martin Conway
"We don't stop hiking because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop hiking."
-- Finis Mitchell,