Monday, 4 July 2011

More From "The Open Road"

As described in an earlier post, during a former lifetime, when I was "Rucksack Man" (see left) and wandered blamelessly and somewhat aimlessly along the more scenic footpaths of Britain, I carried a little notebook of quotations which I'd collected. I called this booklet "The Open Road" after a poem by Walt Whitman. In the absence of anything more pressing to report on I'd like to share a few more of these quotes with you.

"The power most important to cultivate, and, at the same time the hardest to acquire, is that of seeing what is before you" - George Perkins Marsh

"You don't run down the present, pursue it with baited hooks and nets. You wait for it, empty-handed and you are filled." - Annie Dillard

"The question is not what you look at but what you see" - Thoreau

"There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy" - Henry Miller

"The peasants are the great sanctuary of sanity, the country the last stronghold of happiness. When they disappear there is no hope for the race." - Virginia Woolf

"Cold mountain water
Heals the body's ills
But only grouse and mountain birds can reach it
Beasts of the valley have no chance to drink it"
- Song of Milarepa

"It takes more endurance to work in a city than it does to climb a mountain" - Pete Boardman

"In such an ugly time as this the only true protest is beauty" - Phil Ochs

"Nature is the most beautiful thing in the world. You can show the beauty, illustrate it, but it is never the real beauty - very far from it. We don't know how beautiful nature really is. We can only guess." - Andre Kertesz

Take care.


  1. I really like the quote from Thoreau - how very true this is!

  2. I like Thoreau's quote too and Pete Boardman's! An interesting read and I rather like rucksack man!

    In response to the comment you left for me, it amazes me too, but some people would much rather just stay indoors, watch TV etc than be outside. You may know from my blog that I've spent a lot of time over the last few years in Wolverhampton and from that, I have learned that it's not that easy to experience nature in the city, especially if you don't know what to look for and where to look! I was always surrounded by nature and am not happy in the city, the city folk are used to their city ways and don't have much interest in nature, I guess it just comes down to what we're used to.

    I'm the same - no idea what's happening on TV or in the celebrity world and I have no idea about the latest fashion - I'd rather wear wellies and be walking or reading a book!

  3. I think Louise and I are kindred spirits! Many people would like to be Rucksack Man.


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