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Quotes

El Tren Eterno

¡Alto el tren! - Parar no puede.
¿Ese tren a dónde va?
Por el mundo caminando en busca del ideal.
¿Cómo se llama? - Progreso.
¿Quién va en él? - La humanidad.
¿Quién le dirige? - Dios mismo.
¿Cuándo parará? - Jamás.

– Manuel de la Revilla - Escritor, Pensador, Crítico español - 1846 - 1881

English
What is the use of climbing Mount Everest? My answer must at once be: It is no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly some medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself, upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.
– George Mallory
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home: that wildness is a necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
– John Muir
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again... So why bother in the first place? Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art to conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
– Rene Daumal
There is a region of heart’s desire
Free for the hand that wills;
land of the shadow and haunting spire,
land of the silvery glacier fire,
land of the cloud and the starry choir,
magical land of hills;
loud with the crying of winds and streams,
thronged with the fancies and fears of dreams.
– Geoffrey Winthrop Young
The mountains are calling and I must go.  – John Muir
Failure is the path of least persistence.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.  – Winston Churchill
We climbers demonstrate in the most stunning way of all - at the risk of our lives - that there is no limit to the effort man can demand of himself. This quality is the basis of all human achievement ... it can never be proved enough. I consider that we climbers - that I - serve all humanity. We prove that there is no limit to what man can do.  – Walter Bonatti
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.  – George Bernard Shaw
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.  – Kurt Vonnegut
At either end of the social spectrum, there lies a liesure class.  – Peter Jamieson
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
– Victor Hugo
If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.  – Yogi Berra
In the mountains, worldly attachments are left behind, and in the absence of material distractions, we are opened up to spiritual thought. We should be attempting to carry the spiritual experience of the mountains with us everywhere.  – Jamling Tenzing Norgay
To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.  – Robert Heinlein
Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace.
– The Dhammapada
Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
– Arthur C. Clarke
The use of force is out of date.  – The Dali Lama - 2006
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.  – Carl Sagan
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.  – Mark Twain
The pen is the tongue of the mind.  – Miguel de Cervantes
He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.  – Japanese Wisdom
Experts should be on tap but never on top.  – Winston Churchill
The environment is everything that isn’t me.  – Albert Einstein
Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.   – Lou Erickson
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. – Winston Churchill
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  – Alexander Pope
The heights by great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.  – Oscar Wilde
I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice;
it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.  – Winston Churchill
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.  – Jean Cocteau
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  – Ovid
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be chang’d
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be chang’d.
– From Handel’s Messiah
Great players are made in the playoffs.
AAA - Awareness, Alignment, Action!  – Gerry Roach
Never mistake motion for action.  – Ernest Hemingway
Through woods and mountain passes, the winds, like anthems, roll.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
You can’t control the waves, but you can learn to surf.  – anon
If God had wanted me otherwise, he would have created me otherwise.  – Goethe
Hunger is the handmaid of genius.  – Mark Twain
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
– Thomas Edison
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which
you yourself have altered.  – Nelson Mandela
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.  – Christopher Reeve
As we imagine, so can we create.
Men argue; Nature acts.  – Voltaire
You can never have too long.  – Sam Scinta
I’m always still here.  – Sandra Roemer
If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.
– Lyall Watson
I don’t quit.  – Teresa Gergen
Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children.  – Kenyan Proverb
If we are only strong, then we are rigid.
If we are only flexible, then we are unstable.
If we are both strong and flexible, then we achieve balance.
– Sydney Meridith
Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.
– Winston Churchill
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
– John Cage
Life ain’t about how fast you run or how high you climb, It’s all about how good you bounce.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.  – Mark Twain
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
– Wilson Mizner
At age 40, you yourself are responsible for what your face looks like.
It takes very little time to learn how to do something spectacular,
but it takes vastly longer to learn when to do it.  – O. L. Bear
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.  – Winston Churchill
The mountain winds and waters, the pure white glacier and the heart of the mountain sing of
something greater than your tiny precious thoughts.  – Ji Aoi Isshi
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.  – Mahatma Gandhi
They slipped the surly bonds of Earth, to touch the face of God.  – Ronald Reagan
The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.  – Henry Kissinger
All created things are impermanent. Strive diligently.  – Buddha’s last words
People who want to be amused have lost the art of living.  – Holbrook Jackson
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.  – Albert Einstein
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.   – Edgar Allan Poe
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.  – H. L. Mencken
No wise man ever wished to be younger.  – Jonathan Swift
We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.  – Charles Schaefer
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
– Marquis de Vanvenargues
Not believing in evolution is like not believing in gravity.  – Seth Shostak
Live so as to be missed.  – Robert Murry M’Cheyne
It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.
– Garry Marshall
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.  – Winston Churchill
What you resist, persists.  – Diane DiResta
There is only one success: To be able to spend your life in your own way.  – Christopher Morley
On every level of human life, compassion is the key thing.  – HH Dalai Lama
Mate, it’s not a rope, it’s a line. This is not a rodeo!   – Captain Ramiro Ramirez - Miami
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  – William Shakespeare
You can’t make it sing if it ain’t got that swing.  – Duke Ellington
All wisdom is not new wisdom.  – Winston Churchill
If there is one thing that gives radiance to everything, it is the idea that something is around the corner.   – G. K. Chesterton
Remember, if you fall because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day.
In life, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.  – Fortune Cookie
What youth deemed crystal, age finds out was dew.  – Robert Browning
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.  – Chief Seattle
The only thing left worth saving is wilderness.  – Edward Abbey
Life is what happens to you while making other plans.  – Allen Saunders
Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.  – Anatole France
Heroism is endurance for one moment more.  – George Kennan
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.  – John Muir
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.  – George Bernard Shaw
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
– Kahlil Gibran
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.
– Winifred Holtby
Lest men suspect your tale untrue, keep probability in view.  – John Gay
El hombre propone, la natruleza dispone. (Man proposes, nature disposes.)
It doesn’t have to be perfect; it doesn’t have to be pretty; it just has to work.   – Donna Pyle
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
– Elwyn Brooks White
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
– Charles Spurgeon
I hope that I shall nowhere be found to have said, “do as we did” or even, “don’t do as we did;” but, somewhere or everywhere, “go and do something.”
– Geoffrey Winthrop Young
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
– Robert M. Pirsig
If we open a quarrel between the past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
– Winston Churchill

Creative Puns for Educated Minds


1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway.
One hat said to the other, 'You stay here; I’ll go on a head.'
14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital.
When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'
17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
21. A backward poet writes inverse.
22. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your Count that votes.
23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
24. Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects!
If you don’t know where you are going, then you will wind up somewhere else.  – Yogi Berra
A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.  – Robert Benchley
It takes hundreds of nuts to hold a car together, but it takes only one of them to scatter it all over the highway.  – Evan Esar
Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.  – Evan Esar
Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.  – Jonathan Winters
Praise without merit is more harmful than unearned criticism.  – Roger Ebert
Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.
– Leo Tolstoy
The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and love.  – William Wordsworth
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.   – Margaret Lee Runbeck
If someone tells you that you cannot do something and you believe it, they are right.
– Carol Burnett
Never interrupt your eneny when he is making a mistake.  – Napoleon Bonaparte
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.  – Albert Einstein
You achieve legendary status when people know that you’ve done something, but they can’t remember what it was.  – Buzz Burrell
Everything is perfect.  – Walter Tishma
I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.   – George Burns
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong.
– Winston Churchill
Education is something you must acquire without any interference from your schooling.
– Mark Twain
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.  – Voltaire
States are an invention of our minds.  – Michael Elliot
Everyone is a genius at least once a year.
The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
– George Christopher Lichtenberg
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of converstaion.
– Plato
Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.  – Rudyard Kipling
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it,
and wiser than the one that comes after it.  – George Orwell
We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.  – Anna Sewell
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books; if we drive the few remaining wild species into zoos or extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clear streams and push our paved roads through the last of silences.
– Wallace Stegner
No trumpets sound when important decisions of your life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.  – Agnes de Mille
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.  – Winston Churchill
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.  – George Eliot
Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.  – Robert Byrne
In our adventures, we engage fate deliberately. We choose a relentless and indefatigable opponent, while others pretend to be safe. We feel that our experiences are much more real, while seeing the masses as deluded in their complacency.   – Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival
Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.
– Tony Blake
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.
– Pablo Picasso

Astounding Days


And here, I regret to say, honesty compels me to be severely critical of Star Wars. I do this with considerable reluctance – even a sense of guilt – because I owe many enjoyable hours to George Lucas.

We have already met Darth Vader – and he is us. If we are to survive, we must exorcize the demons of our haunted childhood, and grow out of our fascination with “technoporn” – gleaming weaponry and beautiful explosions. Whatever new armaments may be needed to preserve peace in the immediate future, in the long run only political solutions can save us. (If we deserve to be saved: perhaps a species that has accumulated four tons of explosives per capita has already demonstrated its biological unfitness beyond any further question.)

There have been times and cultures in which it was unthinkable (and frequently unwise) for a gentleman to appear in public without a weapon. In civilized societes, that need has passed. What now applies to individuals must one day apply also to nations ... who, after all, are only collections of individuals. (Remember Auden: “There is no such thing as the State.”) And for better or for worse, human nature is infinitely changeable – a fact seldom understood by the Crackpot Realists who often prowl the corridors of power.

In the long run – no, the very short run – we have to become intelligent mammals, not turn ourselves back into armored dinosaurs. To complete that quotation from Auden: “We must love one another or die.” And it’s very hard to love people who – for excellent reasons – we don’t like.

But the alternative is far worse.

– Arthur C. Clark - from his science fiction autobiography
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.   – Upton Sinclair
One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.   – Henry Miller
What changed in the US with Hurricane Katrina was a feeling that we have entered a period of consequences.   – Al Gore
In physics, you don’t have to go around making trouble for yourself - nature does it for you.
– Frank Wilczek
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.  – Satires Juvenal
Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.  – Thomas Edison
There are some simple truths ... and the dogs know what they are.  – Joseph Duemer
No matter how little money and how few posessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.
– Louis Sabin
Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.  – Sydney Jeanne Seward
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him about to the public.  – Winston Churchill
It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.  – Cyril Connolly
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  – Albert Camus
Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.  – Lane Olinghouse
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.  – Sigmund Freud
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
– Jerome K. Jerome
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
– Lucille Ball
Don’t blow it - good planets are hard to find. When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
– David Orr
A waist is a terrible thing to mind.  – Jane Caminos
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.  – Walt Disney
Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset c! an be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.  – Frank Lloyd Wright
To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the glow of silence, here lies the value of wilderness.  – John Muir
All men dream, although not in the same way. The ones who dream by night in the dusty shelters of their minds, wake up the next day and discover that it was just vanity; but the ones who dream by day are dangerous men, because they can represent their dreams with the eyes open to make them possible.   – T. E. Lawrence
Tug on anything at all and you’ll find it connected to everything else in the universe.
– John Muir
An intermediate is someone who can get through the sequence without hurting themselves.
– Kent Lindemer
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.  – Babe Ruth
Sometimes quitting costs more than continuing.  – Gerry Roach
If there’s a chance I won’t need it, I’ll leave it behind.  – Chris Haaland
It’s always been more about the moments than the moves.  – Gerry Roach
Let each man exercise the art he knows.  – Aristophanes
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.  – Albert Einstein
That which can be attested without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.  – Sam Harris
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.  – Brian Tracy
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.  – Henry David Thoreau
The Las Vegas blackjack tables prove that remote viewing doesn’t work.  – Seth Shostak
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief in denying them.  – George Eliot
The river rolls by us in silent majesty; the quiet of the camp is sweet; our joy is almost ecstasy.
– John Wesley Powell
I know of no case where a man added to his dignity by standing on it.  – Winston Churchill
You can’t belay a man who’s falling in love.  – Edward Abbey
Literature is news that stays news.  – Ezra Pound
The true painter must be able, with the most usual things to have the most unusual ideas.
– Salvador Dali
Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.  – Groucho Marx
Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Snore, and you sleep alone.  – Anthony Burgess
If you are in good condition, you can exercise many choices in the mountains.  – Gerry Roach
The mountains are beautiful, but they are not worth dying for.
– Greg Child - from The Other Side of Luck
The Matterhorn is climbed for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost it is climbed because it is the Matterhorn.   – Gaston Rebuffat
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.  – Isaac Asimov
The charm of a deed is its doing; the charm of a life is its living;
the soul of the thing is the thought.  – Eugene F. Ware
Action is eloquence.  – William Shakespeare
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,
that is to have succeeded.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am not young enough to know everything.  – Oscar Wilde
The sky to east shows a hint of dawn
framing the far hills with rose.
flowers in the sand tint the Earth
delicate colors of Spring.

It is cold - The calmness of the air is
so intense I am hesitant to breath.
All existence awaits the coming day
in this remote High Desert place.

Consider one lone flower
in the vast pastel array;
Alone it goes unnoticed, a dot so small
I have to stoop to see its form.

Self stands as does this speck,
a single point in all infinity.
United with mankind
it forms beauty so intense
the viewer thrills in his small part.

He knows that all is well;
the Plan is good.

– Dick Webster
Fame is the shadow of a passion that stands in the light.  – Khalil Gibran
Success can breed contempt, and a casual attitude toward danger.  – Mark Twight
The higher you climb, the more that you see.
The more that you see, the less that you know.
The less that you know, the more that you yearn.
The more that you yearn, the higher you climb.
– Dan Fogelberg
Only in a hut built for the moment can one live without fear.  – Kamo no Chomei
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.  – Dale Carnegie
I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.  – Ronald Reagan
Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage.
You have to fail in order to practice being brave.  – Mary Tyler Moore
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.  – Margaret Mead
A refrigerator-sized rock crashing nearby will swiftly swipe the swagger off anyone’s butt.
– Fred Askins
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.  – Oscar Wilde
There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.  – Mahatma Gandhi
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  – Mark Twain
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous;
anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.  – Vaclav Havel
A first-class expedition is one completed in style.  – Guy Cotter
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.  – Winston Churchill
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.  – Jules Renard
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.  – Jules de Gaultier
If you can’t explain it to me, and I can’t understand it, then you can’t do it.   – Steve Stegner
George Vandersluis wakes up with his boots on.  – Gerry Roach
When the mountains claim another life, a single aspect of climbing – the possibility of death – invades and eclipses all other meanings. For we survivors, the significance of that death pales against the fullness of a life anchored in the mountains.  – Maureen O‘Neill
No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
– Sam Rayburn
You’re off to great places, it says. Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.  – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go
It is not that I am pitting myself against the rest of the world. Nor have I allied with nature against everything else. I sit here as if I were a constituent part of this mountain. Every little move, I make with the utmost respect. I daren’t slip, daren’t trigger an avalanche nor tumble into a crevasse. I am like the snow on the mountainside, and perfectly in tune with the rock, the ice, the clouds. No more need for philosophy. I am in concord with everything - including death.  – Reinhold Messner
The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.  – Edward Abbey
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.  – Albert Einstein
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We stand in the nothing and create.  – lululemon training manual
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  – Eleanor Roosevelt
Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world.
– From Handel’s Messiah
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The works of nature must all be accounted good.  – Cicero
Conceit is God’s gift to little men.  – Bruce Barton
They always talk who never think.  – Matthew Prior
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  – Winston Churchill
Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.  – Ken Hakuta
The mountaineer is always free.
Gravity never sleeps.
Goelogic time includes now.  – Gerry Roach
Hope is a waking dream.  – Diogenes Laertius
Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
Why do the people imagine a vain thing?
– From Handel’s Messiah
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.  – Winston Churchill
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.  – Abraham Lincoln
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  – Eleanor Roosevelt
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
– Lewis Carroll - From Jabberocky
Nature, and Nature’s laws lay hid in night. God said, “Let Newton be,” and all was light.
– Alexander Pope
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.  – Albert Einstein
Go into the sunshine and be happy with what you see.  – Winston Churchill
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low;
the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.
– From Handel’s Messiah
The deed is everything, the glory nothing.  – Goethe
Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee,
Heir of the ages and child of the day.
Cared for, watched over, beloved and protected,
Walk thou with courage each step of the way.
Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am a diamond glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awake in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight
I am the soft star shine at night
Do not stand by my grave and cry
I am not there ... I did not die.

– Carolyn Farthing
It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine;
I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come;
It is now.
Now is eternity; now is the immortal life.

– Alice James

Fuji San in Japan
Fuji San in Japan

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