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mountain high
"The mountains are calling and I must go." 
-John Muir 

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
-Charles Dickens

"Perhaps our grandsons, having never seen a wild river, will never miss the chance to set a canoe in singing waters…glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.” 
-Aldo Leopold

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
-Mother Teresa

tiger lily
“Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals, for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.” 
-Gifford Pinchot 

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." 

 "The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you."
-Brendan Behan

Steven Feeling The Air
"I.... am always glad to touch the living rock again and dip my hand in the high mountain air."
-John Muir

"All that glitters is not gold. All who wander are not lost."
-JRR Tolkien 

"It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs, looking up at stars, and we didn't even feel like talking aloud."
-Mark Train, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

"Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass." 
 French Proverb 

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” 
-John Muir

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry that I couldn't travel both
And be one traveler I stood
And looked as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other one just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as far as the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step and trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a woods, and I
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken 

jeffrey pine
"The earth does not belong to belongs to the earth."
-Chief Seattle

“In God’s wilderness lies the hope of the world – the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and the wounds heal ere we are aware.” 
-John Muir 

"What we love we shall grow to resemble." 
-Bernard of Clairvaux

"It is safer to be feared than loved." 
-Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) 

"To fall in love is awfully simple, to fall out of love is simply awful." 

"Then here's a hail to each flaming dawn
And here's a cheer to the night that's gone
And may I go a roaming on until the day I die"
-On a grave marker in the Adirondacks 

"Once in a while you find a place on earth that becomes your very own. A place undefined. Waiting for you to bring your color, your self. A place untouched, unspoiled, undeveloped. Raw, honest, and haunting. No one, nothing is telling you how to feel or who to be. Let the mountains have you for a day..."

"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
-Steve McQueen

"What is man without the beasts?
If all the beasts were gone,
Man would die from a great loneliness of spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts,
Soon happens to man.
All things are connected." 
-Chief Seattle

Up to the Mountains to breathe the fresh air
Feeling the breeze blow through my hair
Smelling the crispness and enjoying it so
Watching the pines swing to and fro
Feeling the leaves crunch under my feet
Oh how the mountains make life so sweet

Loving the sights my eyes behold
Having a feeling deep in the soul
This is where I belong on top of this hill
The feeling of life becomes oh so real
Awakening my senses and opening wide
A true inner feeling of being alive!
-author unknown

clinging on to the north face
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." 

“…In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in the streets or villages…in the woods we return to reason and faith.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How great are the advantages of solitude! How sublime is the silence of nature’s ever-active energies! There is something in the very name of wilderness which charms the ear, and soothes the spirit of man. There is religion in it.” 
“When ever the light of civilization faces upon you with a blighting power…go to the wilderness…Dull business routine, the fierce passions of the marketplace, the perils of envious cities became but a memory…The wilderness will take hold of you. It will give you good red blood; it will turn you from a weakling into a man…You will soon behold all with a peaceful soul.” 
-Estwick Evans

no worries here
"In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness." 
-John Muir

“I would not have…every part of a man cultivated, any more than I would have every acre of earth.”
-Henry David Thoreau

"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . . . Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
- John Donne

"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like nobody is watching."
-Rob Brezany

"The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost." 
-G.K. Chesterton 

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
-Martin Tupper

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