I'm going to let you see inside one of my
cherished toolboxes. It is a list of quotes
from my favorite writers that I've kept and
added to for years.Those that have read my
stuff or have labored through one of my
verbal diatribes have already seen or heard
some of these.
To the often pondered question "WHAT IS TRUE?" I offer the follwing;
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"- MLK
"Congenial friends may share these lonely streams but they must stay past the bend or waterfall. Testing oneself is best when done alone."- Jimmy Carter
"Through the unknown, remembered gate, when the last of earth left to discover is that which was the beginning."- T.S. Eliot
"If trouble were a flower my dog Pump would be sniffing it".- TC Jennings from 'Pump' in Sporting Classics.
"In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."-MLK
"The life of a parent is one of constant wordless prayer"- Garrison Keillor
"Writing is an act of paying attention, and if you don't care about the difference between ‘their’ and ‘there’ or ‘needle’ and ‘noodle’, then I am sorry for you."- Garrison Keillor
"It has been a good winter with plentiful snow. The skiers are grateful; so are the men with snow blowers".- Garrison Keillor
"Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face," he wrote. "As soon as one is aware of being 'somebody,' to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over-animation. One can either see or be seen" John Updike
"Writing is Bearing Witness"- Adam Gopnik, Ed. New Yorker Magazine about John Updike yet:
"Writing is selling a luxury- something no one really needs".- John Updike
relating his father’s Depression era philosophy on Mr. Updike’s chosen profession.
"We ain’t gained near as much as we lost."- Mike Gaddis regarding progress and technology in 'First Light', S.C. 9.08
"Dogs don’t live as long as men, cause then again, they never die."
"Those of us for whom wild land is sacred, who love some special place so deeply and dearly, know. There are places of the heart we will fight for. To last means, to poverty, ashes or rags, because they are the marrow of our lives. Only upon them and within them do we find genuine peace with our souls." Mike Gaddis.
"You’re only given one chance at madness. You mustn’t lose it."-Theodore Seuss Geisel ( Dr. Seuss )
"I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope". Dr. Seuss
Art is long. Life is short. - Anon.
"I hear a solo played...it makes me feel afraid..." -Seering
"The white man makes rules for other people that says if you stay on this side of this line it is peace, but if you go on the other side I will kill you. I don’t hold with deadlines. There is plenty of room; camp where you please."- Crazy Horse
"Naturals know. It’s all in how it feels."- John Updike
"There is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid."-H.
"I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote."- H. Melville
" A wish to explore the next meadow " John Updike
"Make it new."- Ezra Pound ( Less is more!! / economy of language )
"Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?"- Thoreau in Walden
"We might try our lives by a thousand simple tests"- Thoreau in Walden
"If faith is true, then nothing that is true is in conflict with faith."- J.Updike in Rabbit Run.
"Right and wrong are not dropped from the sky. We make them. Against misery".- Eccles in Updike’s Rabbit Run.
"The malice of people surpasses human understanding" J.Updike, Earl Angstrom in Rabbit Redux
"It’s like a dog chewing her master’s lamp cord; If it doesn’t kill you, it cures you." D. Schneider
"Sooner or later it comes time to piss out the fire." -Mike Gaddis
"Ambition takes many forms." Dave Hahn, Everest Climber, Guide.
On intimacy & partnership:
"Once the simple tasks of the day are finished there is little left to do but take each others measure. Not deliberately. Not maliciously. But the time comes when one has nothing left to reveal to the other; when even his unformed thoughts can be anticipated, his pet ideas become meaningless drool, and the way he blows out a pressure lamp or drops his boots on the floor or eats his food becomes a rasping annoyance."- Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Polar Explorer, in Alone, 1938
"The tolerable quality of a dangerous existence is the fact that the human mind cannot remain continuously sensitive to any one thing." - Byrd
"We men of action( explorers ) who serve science serve only a reflection in a mirror scholars sitting in bookish surroundings tell us where to go, what to look for then pass dispassionate judgment on whatever we bring back. We are nothing more than glamorous middlemen between fact and theory." -Byrd
"Poetry is about what can not be said"- 2009 Pulitzer poetry winner WS Merwin
"If it reaches you, it is its own form"- Merwin
"He spooked people. Those were spooky times. I knew him so he spooked the hell out of me. He wasn’t what you’d call a song writer. He was like a song- spewer. He got turned down by record companies. He got turned down by Reprise, and I remember I told them ‘this guy,this guy is pretty good. He’s just a little out of control.’ But when he got turned down, that really pissed him off. He didn’t take rejection well." - Neil Young on Charles Manson, 1960s
"There’s always another wave."- Neil Young on music
On Music: "It’s like planting stuff- You’ve got to let the field rest for a year."-Neil Young
"Poker is fascinating combination of discipline and risk."- James Patterson
"You never know what you’re thinking until you write it down"- David Schneider paraphrasing Garison Keillor.
"Marriage is an increasingly fragile construct depending less and less on notions of sacrifice and obligation than on the ephemera of romance and happiness as defined by and for its adult principals. It is buffeted by affairs and ennui, subject to the eternal American hope for greater happiness, for changing the hand you dealt yourself."- Time Magazine editorial June '09
"Il faut durer." ( It is necessary to last )- Hemmingway ( intro to his bio )
"In country, as in people, a plain exterior often conceals
hidden riches, to perceive which requires much living in and with."-
"The wilderness gave them their first taste of those rewards and penalties
for wise and foolish acts which every woodsman faces daily, but against which civilization has built a thousand buffers."-A. Leopold
"I wonder that experience, so much touted among adults as the thing children lack, is not actually a progressive dilution of the essentials by the trivialities of living." - A. Leopold, SCA
"How miserable are the idle hours of the ignorant man!"- Aristo as quoted by Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac
"You do not annex a hobby; the hobby annexes you."- Leopold
"I do not admire people who are industrious all the time. They’re like people who swat at gnats and miss the mosquitoes. They’re too damn busy running around on fools errands. They don’t know how to slow down and celebrate a little."- Robert Ruark in The Old Man and the Boy
"As I remember the Old Man, he never said anything at all that you couldn’t walk away from three ways and still find a fresh idea in it. I got to where I could listen to him with only one ear, separating the meat from the philosophy, and it wasn’t until a lot of years later when I grew up to be a man that I found I remembered more philosophy than meat"- R. Ruark.
"he always signs the back of checks; not the front of checks." Ruark.
"Exploration is the physical expression of the intellectual passion...
...for we are a nation of shopkeepers; and no shop keeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year; if you march your winters’ journeys you will have your (own) reward so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg."- Apsley Cherry-Garrard in 'The worst Journey in the World' about Robert Scott’s last Antarctic expedition and death.
"A bullet fired from a euphemism is still a bullet." Colin Powell recounting the buildup to Desert Storm.
"Insufferable sting, that sanity should ground arms on such a field!"
"it tows me with a cable I have no knife to cut."-
"Respect the Source. Be there for the source."- Neil Young
"Inertia is a lazy thing. Like a massive stump blocking the progress of a plowed field, it ain’t gonna move lest you put a horse in it." Mike Gaddis
AND HERE IS THE TRUEST OF ALL:
"At the end, only two things really matter to a man regardless of who he is, and they are the affection and understanding of his family. Anything and everything else he creates are insubstantial."- Byrd
"It’s all about hope. Hope is everything."
- Mike Gaddis, Sporting Classics.
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