Quotes

The greatest inspiration comes from the brilliance of minds unfathomable to me.

 

“Having had many chances to study scientists as they study nature, I’ve seen that science itself is a fallible human activity, not a conceptual machine-tool, and that while accuracy and precision can be easily achieved, validity and meaning cannot.” – David Quammen, The Boilerplate Rhino

“It is better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

“They say only time heals a broken heart, but any man with a purpose knows that the far faster cure is adventure – and there’s no greater adventure than a safari.” – Geoffrey Kent, Safari

“By nature, the only thing that’s predictable about a game drive is that it will be unforgettable. One day on safari is the great adventure that will change the rest of an individual’s life.” – Geoffrey Kent, Safari

“Travel teaches us as much about ourselves as it does about the world – it shifts our focus away from the meager challenges of every day and recalibrates our life’s vision to something broader and much more significant.” – Geoffrey Kent, Safari

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest of chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“Pure friendship, uncomplicated by romance or blood, is one of the most nurturing human relationships and one of the most easily taken for granted.” – David Quammen, Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry James

“Art crosses all borders, surpasses all languages. It’s a place where we are one family. And if you are willing really to see with your eyes and your heart, one image can change lives. You can introduce men to their souls…you have that power…” – From the movie Christmas Cottage 

“Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the photograph from the snapshot.” – Matt Hardy

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“On foot, the pulse of Africa comes through your boot. You are an animal among others, chary of the shadowed places, of sudden quiet in the air.” – Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born 

“We cannot win this battle to save our species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love.” – Stephen Jay Gould, from an essay titled This View of Life: Unenchanted Evening

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In order to preserve the wildlife and the wilderness at all, some middle ground must be found between brutal and senseless slaughter, and…unhealthy sentimentalism.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals…For the animal shall not be measured by man…They are not brethren, they are not underlines; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” – Henry Beston, The Outermost House

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

“We humans require an occasional glimpse of a natural scene to keep our sense of balance. We need often to dwell back on the solid earth from which we have sprung, and like animals we should benefit from the pleasures and lessons of a simple life. That, in my view, is the powerful, basic and abundantly justifiable reason, but not by any means the only reason, to preserve wildlife and to isolate wild sanctuaries from the onslaught of modern trends.” – Mervyn Cowie

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To despair of the entire situation is a reasonable alternative. But the unsatisfactory thing about despair is that besides being fruitless, it’s far less exciting than hope.” – David Quammen, The Song of the Dodo

“‘Contact!’ That is what I was looking for on this walk. That is what I came to one of the few remaining sections of wild Africa to experience. To see it, to smell it, to taste it, to feel it. To be a part of it, not apart of it.” – Rick Ridgeway, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson