The Quotes

These are some quotes, thoughts and comics from the known and not-so-known that help guide my outlook and our travels… or just make me smile. Hopefully one or more move you as well.


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost


“Anything that detracts from enjoying yourself is to be avoided.”
– Leigh H. Perkins, 1927-2021


“I hear her voice
Calling my name
The sound is deep
In the dark
I hear her voice
And start to run
Into the trees
Into the trees”
– The Cure, A Forest


peanuts comic strip

“Between every two Pines is a doorway to a new world.”
– John Muir


“I have become solitary because to me the most desolate solitude seems preferable to a society of wicked men which is nourished only in betrayals and hatred.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know, that he cannot eat money.”
– Cree Indian saying


“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how truly capable you are.”
– Unknown

“No real excellence, personal or social, artistic, philosophical, scientific, or moral, can arise without solitude.”
– William Deresiewicz


“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
– Edward Abbey


“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
– John Muir


Tim is lost as shit

“The only problem with children is they grow up to be people and I just like animals better than people. It’s that simple.”
– Betty White


“Not till we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves.”
– Henry David Thoreau


“My goal is to create a life that I don’t need a vacation from.”
– Unknown



“Dog: A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship.”
– Ambrose Bierce


“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
– Edward Abbey


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Gandhi


“It’s better to be tough than strong, better to be clever than intelligent.”
– Chris Knight


“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
– Henry David Thoreau


“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does.”
– Christopher Morley


…At All

“It would be better for men
To be few and live far apart, where none could infect another;
then slowly the sanity of field and mountain
And the cold ocean and glittering stars might enter their minds.”
Robinson Jeffers


“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
– Plato


A Professor's Door at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt with sign stating "Make America an endless expanse of old-growth forest with no certain borders again."
A Professor’s Office Door at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt


“Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies any day.”
– Al Capone


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson



“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”
– Immanuel Kant


“People are to be taken in very small doses. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“You shall walk where only the wind has walked before
and when all the music is stilled
you shall hear the singing of the stream
and enter the living shelter of the forest.”
– John Glascock Baldwin


“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”
– Sir Ranulph Fiennes


…And Their Political Lap Dogs


“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
– Chief Seattle


“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to living creatures cannot be a good man.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality


“The sight of any free animal going about its business undisturbed, seeking its food, or looking after its young, or mixing in the company of its kind, all the time being exactly what it ought to be and can be – what a strange pleasure it gives us.”
– A. Schopenhauer


please don't eat the tourists


“When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.”
– Edward Abbey


“Man is troubled by what might be called The Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog.”
– James Thurber


“If every fourth animal in the world is a beetle,
perhaps every forth person is a…Dumb Fuck!”
– NoMeansNo, Everyday I Start To Ooze



“I live in destitution but also in a kind of sensual delight.”
– Albert Camus


“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
– Bill Nye


I’m not apologizing,
I am what I am.
There is no compromising,
I don’t give a damn.
– Ozzy Osbourne, Lightning Strikes


“Work is the curse of the Drinking Class.”
– Oscar Wilde




“Never say no to adventures. Always say yes.
Otherwise you will lead a very dull life.”
– Ian Fleming



“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching…even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”
– Aldo Leopold


Never Trust Anyone Who Doesn't Like Dogs needlepoint pillow


Calvin and Hobbes flying down a hill in their little red wagon


“Nullius in verba.”
Latin for “Take nobody’s word for it,” or, essentially, “See For Yourself.”
– Motto of The Royal Society of London


“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
– Henry David Thoreau


“Dogs are not our whole life but they makes our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras


I may be crazy but I’m not stupid.
Sometimes I ramble and then I’m lucid.
I might seem lazy but I’m hurting no one.
I get along ’cause I use my silver tongue
– Deep Purple, Silver Tongue


“A day will come when the Earth will scratch herself and smile and rub off humanity.”
– Robinson Jeffers


“We all have the right to make the most of our lives.”
– Unknown


“When it’s my time to die, I’m going to be the one doing it. So as long as I’m alive, you let me live my way.”
– Jimi Hendrix


quote about doing what you want by Robert Downey Jr.

“For the Forest to be green each tree must be green.”
– Unknown


“My Brother, I take your life so that I may survive. I thank you for it.”
– Tilok hunter’s saying


John Lennon quote


On a river, unlike the sea, the water moves, the waves remain in place.
– Unknown


“My goal in life is to get to a place where my day consists of watching the river wear the rocks down.”
– Unknown


“The Wilderness once offered man a plausible way of life. Now it functions as a psychiatric refuge.”
– A.K. Sarvis, M.D.


“No man who tries to pursue an ideal in his own way, is without enemies.”
– Unknown


“I am a representation of ‘Nature over Nurture.'”
– Unknown


“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture – that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire