Barry Lopez

A Quote by Barry Lopez on dream, nature, and place

One of the great dreams of a man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret.

Barry Lopez

Source: Earthly Words: Essays on Contemporary American Nature & Environmental Writers

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A Quote by Barry Lopez on writer

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[Asked to consider the role of the writer, Mr. Lopez has said],

"I like to use the word isumatug. It’s of eastern Arctic Eskimo dialect and refers to the storyteller, meaning ‘the person who creates the atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself.’ I think that’s the writer’s job. It’s not to be brilliant, or to be the person who always knows, but… to be the one who recognizes the patterns that remind us of our obligations and our dreams.”

Barry Lopez

Source: Lannan Foundation website

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A Quote by Barry Lopez on answers, awareness, compassion, life, light, paradox, questions, self, and stage

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.  One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez

Source: Arctic Dreams

Contributed by: Zaady

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