Category Archives: quote

Limits

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
— Mae Jemison


Individual Loyalty

Boardwalk to perfection

“If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.”
— Claude McKay


Civilization needs to catch up

Cuppy Hermit Quote


“Never call anyone a baboon unless you are sure of your facts.”
—Will Cuppy


John Steinbeck

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
—John Steinbeck, “Of Mice and Men”


The Alaskan Mosquito

The flight characteristics of Alaskan mosquitoes have been greatly exaggerated. It is not true that they are as large as vultures. It is not true that antiaircraft outfits fresh from the States have opened fire on them, thinking they were Japanese Zeroes. Their tail assemblage is entirely different.”

— Eleventh Air Force pilot, 1943
Quoted in “The Thousand Mile War” by Brian Garfield


Changes

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.”
—Anthony Bourdain


Dawning of the day

“And I think over again
My small adventures
When with a shore wind I drifted out
In my kayak
And thought I was in danger.
My fears,
Those small ones
That I thought so big,
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach.

And yet, there is only
One great thing,
The only thing:
To live to see in huts and on journeys
The great day that dawns,
And the light that fills the world.”

— An Eskimo song translated by Knud Rasmussen
in “Intellectual Culture of the Copper Eskimos”


Attenborough Wish


On the horizon 

“At length the Rocky Mountains came in sight like shining white clouds on the horizon, but we doubted what our guide said; but as we proceeded,
they rose in height, their immense masses of snow appeared above the 
clouds, and formed an impassable barrier, even to the Eagle.”

— David Thompson