A good novel tells us the truth about is hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. - G.K. Chesterton

from books I've read-

"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work." - Beryl Markham, West with the Night

"Separating reality from superstition is the better part of knowledge."- Sara Friedman, Celebrating the Wild Mushroom

"Wherever two human beings are alive, together and happy, there is the center of the world." - Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

"Any scientist worth listening to must be something of a poet, must possess the ability to communicate to the rest of us his sense of love and wonder at what his work discovers."- Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

"Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting. You have time to observe the details."- Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

"To be afraid is a priceless education."- Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike.

"Self confidence is the first giant step to success, for it leads to inventiveness." - Thalassa Cruso, Making Things Grow Outdoors

"People can get used to anything. Habits are habits, and repetition makes the most extraordinary events eventually seem commonplace." - Bob Tarte, Enslaved by Ducks

"You are often led to purpose by what seems chance and foolishness." - Richard Monaco, The Grail War

"Whatever sanity I had was thanks to writers, to books that either helped me forget my troubles or helped me understand them." - Susan Richards, Chosen by a Horse

"Time is the deepest wilderness in which we wander."- Christopher Cokinos, Hope is the Thing With Feathers.

"One must know the path one runs even if the ground underfoot is not as one chooses." - Clare Bell, Ratha's Creature

"Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look." - Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock

"Faith is to a liberal education as critical thinking is to religion, irrelevant and even damaging." - Jane Smiley, Moo

"I would rather be mocked for doing a good thing, than to be respected, knowing I have done wrong." - Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind.

"Mushrooms are hinges in nature, now turning toward death, now toward new life." - Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

"I'm mindful of Ben Franklin's definition of a reasonable creature as one who can come up with a reason for whatever he wants to do." - Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

"A garden is always on its way to becoming something else"- Eden & Cheney, The Pitiful Gardener's Handbook

"It seems facile to declare one single forbidden fruit, when humans live under so many different kinds of trees." - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Vegetable, Miracle.

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