“There are four great loves in the world: the love between a man and a woman; the love between parents and their children; the love of one’s fellow man; and the love of people for the earth. The human race would perish if men lost these simple things from their hearts.”
From Turkey Hill Plantation by Jeremiah Milbank and Grace Fox Perry.
“I wanna be free. I want you to be free. A lot easier for me to be free if you’re free”
Credo of the American Indian Movement
“Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself-and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.”
Like many of you, I am often captivated by the words of others. I try and save them when I find something particularly interesting or appropriate to whatever subject I have been working on.
We have listed many of these in our “Quote Section” on the left hand margin. I am sure you will find them as fascinating as I, so scroll down and read away. They offer great insights into the problems of our complex and troubled world. They also offer some marvelous solutions, if we listen.
Almost everyone has a favorite quote or two. We would love to hear some of yours.
Below are just a few of ours:
Random Hunting & Fishing Quotes
“The woods are made for the hunters of dreams, the brooks for the fishers of song”.
“Rich, ‘the Old Man said dreamily, ‘is not baying after what you can’t have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is a little whiskey to drink and some food to eat and a roof over your head and a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells. Rich is not owing any money to anybody, and not spending what you haven’t got.”
–Robert Ruark, “The Old Man’s Boy Grows Older”
“When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God”.
“In this quiet, peaceful time of twilight there is, in this great circle of life, an awful lot of hunting and fishing and catching and killing and dying and eating going on all around me. As the old fisherman said, ‘That’s the way with life. Sometimes you eat well; sometimes you are well-eaten.’”
–Paul Quinnett, Darwin’s Bass
“Come warm weather, I’m going to take a kid fishing; I hope you do to. But nothing would make me happier than to look across the cove or down the stream and see a young one help an old one remember what it is like to be young in Springtime.”
“How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook.”
“No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.”
–John Ruskin, The Two Paths
When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered yes – remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education – make them hunters.
“Both Wordsworth and Thoreau knew that when the light of common day seemed no more than common it was because of something lacking in them, not because of something lacking in it, and what they asked for was eyes to see a universe they knew was worth seeing. For that reason theirs are the best of all attempts to describe what real awareness consists of…that the rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at but the moment when we are capable of seeing it”.
From The Desert Year, by Joseph Wood Krutch, American Naturalist
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains”. –Walt Whitman
For some of us, nature is all that there is and all that has ever been. It is both “blessing and curse” for those seemingly few, so inclined. We walk a different road on this great blue orb, away from the hustle and the bustle and the noise. Sadly, “modern” society is not always kind to those who choose this path.
Material rewards and the spoils of war favor the victors. They tend to write and edit the history books, too.
Still, one road leads to life – the other way, not so much. Truth is truth.