"Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy"
    - Bill Mason
 
"For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness."
    - Bob Marshall
 
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."
    - President Lyndon B. Johnson
 
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
    - John Muir

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"
    - John Lennon

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
    - Henry David Thoreau
 
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children."
    - Haida Indian Saying
 
"The earth does not belong to man....
man belongs to the earth."
    - Chief Seattle
 "All that glitters is not gold. All who wander are not lost."
    - William Shakespeare
 
"If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers."
    - Edward Abbey
 
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."
    - Iris Murdoch A Fairly Honorable Defeat
 
"Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."
    - Charles Kuralt
 
"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
    - Robert Loius Stevenson
 
"We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking."
    - Finis Mitchell
 
"The sportsman lives his life vicariously. For he secretly yearns to have lived before, in a simpler time. A time when his love for the land, water, fish and wildlife would be more than just part of his life. It would be his state of mind."  
    - Author, Jim Slinsky
 
"Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life."
    - Germaine Greer

"A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us."
    - John Steinbeck
 
"Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."
    - Walt Whitman
"An adventure is simply a well planned trip gone awry."
    - Anonymous
 
"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
    - Paul Dudley White
 
"Just a reminder - a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgement and lots of tension."
    - Charlie Fowler.
 
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
    - Doug Lawson.
 
"Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it."
    - Unknown
 
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
    - Sir Rannulph Fiennes
 
"The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective."
    - Al Neuharth
 
"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together."
    - Carl Zwanzig.
 
"Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."
    - Dale Carnegie.
 
"He who remains calm while those around him panics probably doesn't know what is going on."
    - Anonymous
 
"What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself."
    - Mollie Beattie
 
"The action and tone of his statement leads me to conclude that [Interior] Secretary [James G.] Watt's idea of wilderness is a parking lot without lines."
    - Don Edwards, U.S. Representative, Progressive, March 1981
 "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
    - Sir John Lubbock
 
"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."
    - Nancy Newhall
 
"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
    - Henry David Thoreau
 
"If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go.... This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future."
    - Terry Tempest Williams
 
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."
    - Chinese Proverb
 
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
    - Mohandas Gandhi
 
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity . . . and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
    - William Blake
 
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
    - Greek Proverb
 
"Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one"
    - Tom Thomson

"If there's a place, Canoe there"
    - Brent Kelly
"A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping"
    - Pierre Berton

"Canoeists and other primitive-trippers are not delighted to encounter others intent on the same private experience. How many visitors constitute the end of wilderness?"
    - John A. Livingston

"Give me a good canoe, a pair of Jibway snowshoes, my beaver, my family and 10,000 square miles of wilderness and I am happy"
    - Archibald Belaney, aka Grey Owl

"There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
    - "Wind in the Willows"

"Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing"
    - Henry David Thoreau

"I like to tell our staff that guiding is ninety-five percent cooking, five-percent terror"
    - Neil Hartling

"Travel 1000 miles by train and you are a brute; pedal 500 miles on a bicycle and you are basically a bourgeois; paddle 100 miles in a canoe and you are already a child of nature"
    - Pierre Elliott Trudeau

"Canoes are simply too small to accommodate clashing personalities....Try to be tolerant of others' opinions, but remember that once on the water you're a captive audience."
    - Jerry Dennis, From a Wooden Canoe

"We need quiet places, and we need quiet ways to travel in them. We never quite realize how valuable they are until we've been paddling, camping, and fishing in them for a few days. Once cleansed of the residue of daily living, it's possible to find what my son once called 'a calm spot' in your heart. It's a good thing to find."
    - Jerry Dennis, From a Wooden Canoe

"There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe."
    - Bill Mason

"To stick your hands into the river is to feel the cords that bind the earth together in one piece."
    - Barry Lopez
"All the water that ever has been or ever will be is here now. It sits, it runs, it rises as mist. It evaporates and falls again as rain or snow. You cannot pollute a drop of water anywhere without eventually poisoning some distant place."
    - Michael Furtman

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page."
    - St. Augustine
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