Quotes of Note: A Passion for Hunting

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“…if you properly respect what you are after, and shoot it cleanly and on the animal’s terrain, if you imprison in your mind all the wonder of the day from sky to smell to breeze to flowers – then you have not merely killed an animal. You have lent immortality to a beast you have killed because you loved him and wanted him forever so that you could always recapture the day. You could always remember how blue the sky was and how you sat on a high hill…” (Robert Ruark; Horn of the Hunter)

Quotes of Note: Kit Carson and Indians

“[Kit] Carson gave off none of the mountain man’s swagger….An army officer once introduced himself to Carson, saying, ‘So this is the distinguished Kit Carson who has made so many Indians run.’ To which Carson replied, ‘Yes, but most of the time they were running after me.'” (Hampton Sides, Blood and Thunder)

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Quotes of Note: Please Mr. Roosevelt, Tell Us How you Really Feel…

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“Cattle-men hate sheep, because they eat the grass so close that cattle cannot live on the same ground. The sheepherders are a…melancholy set of men…with no companionship except that of the bleating idiots they are hired to guard. Intellectually a sheep is about the lowest level of brute creation; why the early Christians admired [the sheep]…is to a good cattle-man a profound mystery.” (T. Roosevelt; Hunting Trips of a Ranchman)

Quotes of Note: How Times Have Changed?

“It is curious to hear the nonsense that is talked and to see the nonsense that is written about the distances at which game is killed…I always make it a rule to pace off the distance after a successful shot, whenever practicable…and I was at first both amused and somewhat chagrined to see how rapidly what I supposed to be remarkably long shots shrank under actual pacing.” (T. Roosevelt. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail)

Quotes of Note: Man in The Arena

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat”.  T. Roosevelt, 1910

Quotes of Note: Books and Grizzly Bears

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“All in all, Roosevelt’s interests in arts and letters were almost unique among American chief executives. To Louis Einstein…he seemed to reincarnate the Renaissance ideal of “the well-rounded life of thought and action.”  Einstein thought that the president was like Italian princes of the sixteenth century in combining a thirst for learning and adventure – mastering both books and grizzly bears.” (Theodore Roosevelt A Life, pg 427, Nathan Miller)