Thursday, March 02, 2006

River Quotes to Ponder While Paddling

Favorite River Quotations

A recent post on one of my favorite local blogs caught my eye and lifted my spirits as only a timely and pithy quote can do. Here's the quote:

'Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where rich food and wine in abundance . . . . but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.' -- Henry David Thoreau

Stop by The Conversation Station to read the full post. Babs writes compelling post on a wide variety of subjects.

That got me thinking about another great site for inspiring quotes. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System website has a page dedicated to great quotes on rivers, water and the environment ( Here are two of my favorites that they have posted:

'Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything.' -- Henry David Thoreau

I never tire of hearing the words of Thoreau, but you gotta give props to some of the modern writers out there. Here's another gem from their website:

'Rivers are inherently interesting. They mold landscapes, create fertile deltas, provide trade routes, a source for food and water; a place to wash and play; civilizations emerged next to rivers in China, India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They sustain life and bring death and destruction. They are ferocious at times; gentle at times. They are placid and mean. They trigger conflict and delineate boundaries. Rivers are the stuff of metaphor and fable, painting and poetry. Rivers unite and divide -- a thread that runs from source to exhausted release.' -- Edward Gargan from The River's Tale

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System website hosting the river quotes page is a nice resource that the National Park Service has created. They gathered all of those quotes on their page from readers sending them in.

If you have any favorite river quotes you would like to share, I'd love to hear them!

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Thomas said...

brthomas said...

My favorite quote is from Mark Twain
The face of the river

BRT Whitewater Kayaking

It's me, T.J. said...

Sounds like you are revving up for a paddle trip soon!

Here's my river quote for you:

"Praying for rain so you won't drag bottom."


Useless Man said...

The only one I rememeber was my Dad always talking about a creek without any paddles.

Thanks for sharing!