February 7, 2007

"NOLS Wilderness Wisdom"

Quotes for
Inspirational Exploration
edited by John Gookin

from the back of the book:
The result of several decades of work on the part of instructors at the National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS Wilderness Wisdom collects more than 900 quotations from over 500 sources to form the most comprehensive quote book available to outdoor enthusiasts. It's perfect for sharing around a campfire, for enjoying quiet moments in the wilderness, or simply finding inspiration as you meet the challenges of the outdoors.

Memorable Quotes:
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emerson in 'Nature'

"The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love." Margaret Atwood

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather." Washington Irving

"In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Keep alive the spirit of the pioneers, look always with the eyes of a child; for to see, it is not enough to open the eyes; first one must open one's heart." Gaston Rebuffat in 'Between Heaven and Earth'

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips."
Oliver Goldsmith

"The true test of being comfortable with someone else is the ability to share silence." Frank Tyger

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can help another without helping himself." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Not all who wander are lost." JRR Tolkien

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller

"There are two ways of spreading the light; to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." Albert Einstein

"We are all travelers in the desert of life and the best we can find in our journey is an honest friend." Robert Louis Stevenson

"Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together."
Woodrow Wilson

"There are some good things to say about walking. ...it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting... You have time to observe the details... It doesn't matter whether you get where you're going or not. You get there anyway." Edward Abbey

"You need to understand the rules so you can break them intelligently." H.H. The Dalai Lama

"Gentleness is a divine trail; nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength." Ralph W Sockman

"Man is whole when he is in tune with the winds, the stars, and the hills... Being in tune with the universe is the entire secret." William O Douglas

"There is a soul force in the universe which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results." Mahatma Gandhi

"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life."

"Wealth consists not of having great possessions, but in having few wants." Epicurus

"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy."
Robert Heinlein

"If you understand, then things are just as they are. If you do not understand, then things are just as they are." Zen verse

"To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly; it is to be humane." Jane Harrison

Other books by NOLS
NOLS Cookery
NOLS Wilderness First Aid
NOLS Winter Camping
NOLS Wilderness Ethics
NOLS Soft Paths
NOLS Wilderness Medicine
NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering
NOLS Wilderness Navigation

National Outdoor Leadership School