Richard E. Byrd

1888 - 1957

A Quote by Richard E. Byrd on wisdom

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A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable.

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

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A Quote by Richard E. Byrd on heroism and progress

A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

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A Quote by Richard E. Byrd on chance and change

Give wind and tide a chance to change.

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

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A Quote by Richard E. Byrd on men and strength

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

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A Quote by Richard E. Byrd on accidents, blindness, chance, conviction, cosmology, day, death, despair, doubt, feeling, force, harmony, heart, intelligence, listening, music, peace, purpose, reason, silence, and universe

I paused to listen to the silence. My breath, crystallized as it passed my cheeks, drifted on a breeze gentler than a whisper. The wind vane pointed toward the South Pole. Presently the wind cups ceased their gentle turning as the cold killed the breeze. My frozen breath hung like a cloud overhead. The day was dying, the night was being born-but with great peace. Here were the imponderable processes and forces of the cosmos, harmonious and soundless. Harmony, that was it! That was what came out of the silence-a gentle rhythm, the strain of a perfect chord, the music of the spheres, perhaps. It was enough to catch that rhythm, momentarily to be myself a part of it. In that instant I could feel no doubt of man's oneness with the universe. The conviction came that that rhythm was too orderly, too harmonious, too perfect to be a product of blind chance-that, therefore, there must be purpose in the whole and that man was part of that whole and not an accidental offshoot. It was a feeling that transcended reason; that went to the heart of a man's despair and found it groundless. . . . For those who seek it, there is inexhaustible evidence of an all-pervading intelligence. Man is not alone.

Richard E. Byrd (1888 - 1957)

Source: Alone, Admiral Byrd’s personal record

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