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Peter Matthiessen Quotes

I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
Don't look back you're not going that way - Inspirational Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
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Anyone who thinks they can save the world is both wrong and dangerous  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) You do your best work when you’re not conscious of yourself  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) You do your best work when you’re not conscious of yourself  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Have you seen the snow leopard? No! Isn’t that wonderful?  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) I think in any writing you’re paying attention to detail  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) It’s a simplification to say that the men [during Stone Age] went to war to maintain their dominance over the women. The men would help dig agricultural ditches because they were superb farmers. That was very heavy lifting work. But then they just preened themselves, and put bird-of-paradise plumes [in their hair], and smoked dope.  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism - those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, indian people. They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) In fiction, you have a rough idea what’s coming up next - sometimes you even make a little outline - but in fact you don’t know. Each day is a whole new - and for me, a very invigorating - experience  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) There’s an elegiac quality in watching [American wilderness] go, because it’s our own myth, the American frontier, that’s deteriorating before our eyes. I feel a deep sorrow that my kids will never get to see what I’ve seen, and their kids will see nothing; there’s a deep sadness whenever I look at nature now  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Where to begin? Do we measure the relaxing of the feet? The moment when the eye glimpses the hawk, when instinct functions? For in this pure action, this pure moving of the bird, there is no time, no space, but only the free doing-being of this very moment -now!  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) For some time I watch the coming of the night? Above is the glistening galaxy of childhood, now hidden in the Western world by air pollution and the glare of artificial light; for my children’s children, the power, peace and healing of the night will be obliterated  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined - how is it that this safe return brings such regret?  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) When I’m in the field, when I’m working, I keep very careful notes. I wear big shirts with big breast pockets, and I carry in them two little spiral notebooks.  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) The purpose of our life is to help others through it  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) I think in any writing you’re paying attention to detail  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) This world is painted on a wild dark metal  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Simultaneously I am myself, the child I was, the old man I will be  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) In nonfiction, you have that limitation, that constraint, of telling the truth  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) When I’m in the field, when I’m working, I keep very careful notes. I wear big shirts with big breast pockets, and I carry in them two little spiral notebooks  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Figures dark beneath their loads pass down the far bank of the river, rendered immortal by the streak of sunset upon their shoulders  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) The concept of conservation is a far truer sign of civilization than that spoilation of a continent which we once confused with progress  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) The great stillness in these landscapes that once made me restless seeps into me day by day, and with it the unreasonable feeling that I have found what I was searching for without ever having discovered what it was  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) My eye is fixed not on the ending of the book but on the feeling of that ending  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) I have never figured out how women work but I do know that their skin color has no significance. Black or white, every last one is pretty pink on the inside and they are all impossible  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Amazingly, we take for granted that instinct for survival, fear of death, must separate us from the happiness of pure and uninterpreted experience, in which body, mind, and nature are the same. This retreat from wonder, the backing away like lobsters into safe crannies, the desperate instinct that our life passes unlived, is reflected in proliferation without joy, corrosive money rot, the gross befouling of the earth and air and water from which we came  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive and to be awake. We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past. Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment. If you are truly aware of five minutes a day, then you are doing pretty well. We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from the here and now  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes) How could I say that I wished to penetrate the secrets of the mountains in search of something still unknown that, like the yeti, might well be missed for the very fact of searching?  (Peter Matthiessen Quotes)
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