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Hal Borland Quote: “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

— Hal Borland



Hal Borland Quote: “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.”

No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “All our yesterdays are summarized in our now, and all the tomorrows are ours to shape.”

All our yesterdays are summarized in our now, and all the tomorrows are ours to shape.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.”

Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “He who travels west travels not only with the sun but with history.”

He who travels west travels not only with the sun but with history.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home.”

To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice.”

March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice.

— Hal Borland



Hal Borland Quote: “All man has to do is cooperate with the big forces, the sun, the rain, the growing urge. Seeds sprout, stems grow, leaves spread in the sunlight. Man plants, weeds, cultivates and harvests. It sounds simple, and it is simple, with the simplicity of great truths.”

All man has to do is cooperate with the big forces, the sun, the rain, the growing urge. Seeds sprout, stems grow, leaves spread in the sunlight. Man plants, weeds, cultivates and harvests. It sounds simple, and it is simple, with the simplicity of great truths.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Nature seems to look after her own only up to a certain point; beyond that they are supposed to fend for themselves.”

Nature seems to look after her own only up to a certain point; beyond that they are supposed to fend for themselves.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “There are no limits to either time or distance, except as man himself may make them. I have but to touch the wind to know these things.”

There are no limits to either time or distance, except as man himself may make them. I have but to touch the wind to know these things.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity.”

You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, pretty as can be, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life.”

A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”

Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “A root, a stem, a leaf, some means of capturing sunlight and air and making food – in sum, a plant. The green substance of this earth, the chlorophyll, is all summed up in the plants. Without them we perish, all of us who are flesh and blood.”

A root, a stem, a leaf, some means of capturing sunlight and air and making food – in sum, a plant. The green substance of this earth, the chlorophyll, is all summed up in the plants. Without them we perish, all of us who are flesh and blood.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “As I stood and watched the mists slowly rising this morning I wondered what view was more beautiful than this.”

As I stood and watched the mists slowly rising this morning I wondered what view was more beautiful than this.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.

— Hal Borland



Hal Borland Quote: “Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Nothing in nature is as simple as it sometimes seems when reduced to words.”

Nothing in nature is as simple as it sometimes seems when reduced to words.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Time has its own dimensions, and neither the sun nor the clock can encompass them all.”

Time has its own dimensions, and neither the sun nor the clock can encompass them all.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “There it is, fog, atmospheric moisture still uncertain in destination, not quite weather and not altogether mood, yet partaking of both.”

There it is, fog, atmospheric moisture still uncertain in destination, not quite weather and not altogether mood, yet partaking of both.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “For the Fall of the year is more than three months bounded by an equinox and a solstice. It is a summing up without the finality of year’s end.”

For the Fall of the year is more than three months bounded by an equinox and a solstice. It is a summing up without the finality of year’s end.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.”

All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Consider the wheelbarrow. It may lack the grace of an airplane, the speed of an automobile, the initial capacity of a freight car, but its humble wheel marked out the path of what civilization we still have.”

Consider the wheelbarrow. It may lack the grace of an airplane, the speed of an automobile, the initial capacity of a freight car, but its humble wheel marked out the path of what civilization we still have.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.”

Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed.”

Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The earth turns, and the seasons, and for all his pride and power man cannot temper the winds or change their course. They are the unseen tides that shape our days and our years.”

The earth turns, and the seasons, and for all his pride and power man cannot temper the winds or change their course. They are the unseen tides that shape our days and our years.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.”

For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.”

There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Green, the color of growth, or surgent life, enwraps the land. New green, still as individual as the plants themselves. Cool green, which will merge as the weeks pass, the Summer comes, into a canopy of shade of busy chlorophyll.”

Green, the color of growth, or surgent life, enwraps the land. New green, still as individual as the plants themselves. Cool green, which will merge as the weeks pass, the Summer comes, into a canopy of shade of busy chlorophyll.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The longer I live and the more I read, the more certain I become that the real poems about spring aren’t written on paper. They are written in the back pasture and the near meadow, and they are issued in a new revised edition every April.”

The longer I live and the more I read, the more certain I become that the real poems about spring aren’t written on paper. They are written in the back pasture and the near meadow, and they are issued in a new revised edition every April.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.”

To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.”

Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.”

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The owl, that bird of onomatopoetic name, is a repetitious question wrapped in feathery insulation especially for Winter delivery.”

The owl, that bird of onomatopoetic name, is a repetitious question wrapped in feathery insulation especially for Winter delivery.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “If you ever wondered why fishing is probably the most popular sport in this country, watch that boy beside on the water and you will learn. If you are really perceptive you will. For he already knows that fishing is only one part fish.”

If you ever wondered why fishing is probably the most popular sport in this country, watch that boy beside on the water and you will learn. If you are really perceptive you will. For he already knows that fishing is only one part fish.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “There is a leisure about walking, no matter what pace you set, that lets down the tension.”

There is a leisure about walking, no matter what pace you set, that lets down the tension.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “If the voice of the brook was not the first song of celebration, it must have been at least an obbligato for that event.”

If the voice of the brook was not the first song of celebration, it must have been at least an obbligato for that event.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “For all his learning or sophistication, man still instinctively reaches towards that force beyond. Only arrogance can deny its existence, and the denial falters in the face of evidence on every hand. In every tuft of grass, in every bird, in every opening bud, there it is.”

For all his learning or sophistication, man still instinctively reaches towards that force beyond. Only arrogance can deny its existence, and the denial falters in the face of evidence on every hand. In every tuft of grass, in every bird, in every opening bud, there it is.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “There are some things, but not too many, toward which the countryman knows he must be properly respectful if he would avoid pain, sickness and injury. Nature is neither punitive nor solicitous, but she has thorns and fangs as wells as bowers and grassy banks.”

There are some things, but not too many, toward which the countryman knows he must be properly respectful if he would avoid pain, sickness and injury. Nature is neither punitive nor solicitous, but she has thorns and fangs as wells as bowers and grassy banks.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Listen to it, and you are hearing the mighty currents of the air rushing down the latitudes of the earth, currents from the Mackenzie and the Athabasca and the Saskatchewan, and from the prairies and the white Tundra. It is a homeless wind, forever on the move.”

Listen to it, and you are hearing the mighty currents of the air rushing down the latitudes of the earth, currents from the Mackenzie and the Athabasca and the Saskatchewan, and from the prairies and the white Tundra. It is a homeless wind, forever on the move.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The earth’s distances invite the eye. And as the eye reaches, so must the mind stretch to meet these new horizons. I challenge anyone to stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see a new expanse not only around him, but in him, too.”

The earth’s distances invite the eye. And as the eye reaches, so must the mind stretch to meet these new horizons. I challenge anyone to stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see a new expanse not only around him, but in him, too.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Man is not an aquatic animal, but from the time we stand in youthful wonder beside a Spring brook till we sit in old age and watch the endless roll of the sea, we feel a strong kinship with the waters of this world.”

Man is not an aquatic animal, but from the time we stand in youthful wonder beside a Spring brook till we sit in old age and watch the endless roll of the sea, we feel a strong kinship with the waters of this world.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “The most unhappy thing about conservation is that it is never permanent. Save a priceless woodland or an irreplaceable mountain today, and tomorrow it is threatened from another quarter.”

The most unhappy thing about conservation is that it is never permanent. Save a priceless woodland or an irreplaceable mountain today, and tomorrow it is threatened from another quarter.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Strip the hills, drain the boglands, and you create flood conditions inevitably. Yet that is what we have been doing for years.”

Strip the hills, drain the boglands, and you create flood conditions inevitably. Yet that is what we have been doing for years.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “He who walks may see and understand. You can study all America from one hilltop, if your eyes are open and your mind is willing to reach. But first you must walk to that hill.”

He who walks may see and understand. You can study all America from one hilltop, if your eyes are open and your mind is willing to reach. But first you must walk to that hill.

— Hal Borland


Hal Borland Quote: “Weekend planning is a prime time to apply the Deathbed Priority Test: On your deathbed, will you wish you’d spent more prime weekend hours grocery shopping or walking in the woods with your kids?”

Weekend planning is a prime time to apply the Deathbed Priority Test: On your deathbed, will you wish you’d spent more prime weekend hours grocery shopping or walking in the woods with your kids?

— Hal Borland

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