Hal Borland

1900 - 1978

A Quote by Hal Borland on discovery and time

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

Hal Borland (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on beauty

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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 (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on 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 (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on astronomy, brevity, change, day, emotion, eternity, fear, hope, time, words, and worry

About time, and changing his clock on October 28, 1962, he wrote: "Time has its own dimensions, and neither the sun nor the clock can encompass them all. All we can do with the astronomical absolutes of time is note them, divide them as we please, and live by them in our daily routines. Beyond that, our own emotions, our hopes and fears, our worry and our relief, shape not only our days but our hours with only casual regard for absolute or arbitrary time. The busy day can be brief, the suspenseful hour endless. Who can prove, by any clock ever devised, that time on occasion does not stand still? The interval between heartbeats can be a terrifying eternity, and the pause between two spoken words can shape the dimensions of all our tomorrows. Time is all around us, the time of the hills, the time of the tides, the lifetime of a man or a tree or an insect. We participate in time, try to shape it to our own necessities; but when we change the clocks we aren't changing time at all. We are playing with figures on a dial that denotes but cannot alter the flow of forever."

Hal Borland (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on earth and listening

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 (1900 - 1978)

Source: Sundial of the Seasons. Lippincott, 1964. 286.

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A Quote by Hal Borland on limits and time

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 (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on company, patience, and strength

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

Hal Borland (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland

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 (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on birds, challenge, and suspicion

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.

Hal Borland (1900 - 1978)

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A Quote by Hal Borland on history

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

Hal Borland (1900 - 1978)

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