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Jim Harrison Quotes: "Barring love I'll take my life in large doses alone--rivers, forests, fish, grouse, mountains. Dogs."

Barring love I'll take my life in large doses alone--rivers, forests, fish, grouse, mountains. Dogs.




Jim Harrison Quotes: "The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering."

The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering.




Jim Harrison Quotes: "The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense."

The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends."

Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends.




Jim Harrison Quotes: "In a life properly lived, you're a river."

In a life properly lived, you're a river.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Beware, O wanderer, the road is walking too."

Beware, O wanderer, the road is walking too.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Death steals everything except our stories."

Death steals everything except our stories.




Jim Harrison Quotes: "Fishing makes us less the hostages to the horrors of making a living."

Fishing makes us less the hostages to the horrors of making a living.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass."

I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Life is sentimental. Why should I be cold and hard about it? That's the main content. The biggest thing in people's lives is their loves and dreams and visions, you know."

Life is sentimental. Why should I be cold and hard about it? That's the main content. The biggest thing in people's lives is their loves and dreams and visions, you know.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I'm hoping to be astonished tomorrow by I don't know what."

I'm hoping to be astonished tomorrow by I don't know what.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who wanted me to come talk to them, and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences. I can't tell you why."

There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who wanted me to come talk to them, and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences. I can't tell you why.




Jim Harrison Quotes: "Poetry at its best is the language your soul would speak if you could teach your soul to speak."

Poetry at its best is the language your soul would speak if you could teach your soul to speak.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast."

Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness."

I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I was a dog on a short chain / and now there's no chain."

I was a dog on a short chain / and now there's no chain.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "One of the curious effects of a bad hangover is that you think you're wrong whether you are or not. Not wrong in particulars, but wrong in general, wrong about everything."

One of the curious effects of a bad hangover is that you think you're wrong whether you are or not. Not wrong in particulars, but wrong in general, wrong about everything.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "We Americans are trained to think big, talk big, act big, love big, admire bigness but then the essential mystery is in the small."

We Americans are trained to think big, talk big, act big, love big, admire bigness but then the essential mystery is in the small.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Strangely, when I totally emerged from this slump I couldn't comprehend how I had almost drowned it it."

Strangely, when I totally emerged from this slump I couldn't comprehend how I had almost drowned it it.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "We set this house on fire forgetting that we live within."

We set this house on fire forgetting that we live within.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps."

The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "You touch things lightly or deeply; you move along because life herself moves, and you can’t stop it."

You touch things lightly or deeply; you move along because life herself moves, and you can’t stop it.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "The world that used to nurse us now keeps shouting inane instructions. That's why I ran to the woods."

The world that used to nurse us now keeps shouting inane instructions. That's why I ran to the woods.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it."

The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I can maintain my sense of the sacredness of existence only by understanding my own limitations and losing my self-importance."

I can maintain my sense of the sacredness of existence only by understanding my own limitations and losing my self-importance.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Sometimes the only answer to death is lunch."

Sometimes the only answer to death is lunch.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "My advice is, do not try to inhabit another's soul. You have your own."

My advice is, do not try to inhabit another's soul. You have your own.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "What cannot be said, will get wept."

What cannot be said, will get wept.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger."

Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence."

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "A poet must discover that it’s his own story that is true, even if the truth is small indeed."

A poet must discover that it’s his own story that is true, even if the truth is small indeed.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Zen is the vehicle of reality."

Zen is the vehicle of reality.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "The reason to moderate is to avoid having to quit."

The reason to moderate is to avoid having to quit.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace. And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it."

The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace. And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within. (from "To a Meadowlark," for M.L. Smoker)"

Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within. (from "To a Meadowlark," for M.L. Smoker)



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Being a writer requires an intoxication with language."

Being a writer requires an intoxication with language.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "All artists as a type seem to suffer a great deal, but then so do miners."

All artists as a type seem to suffer a great deal, but then so do miners.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Dad said I would always be "high minded and low waged" from reading too much Ralph Waldo Emerson. Maybe he was right."

Dad said I would always be "high minded and low waged" from reading too much Ralph Waldo Emerson. Maybe he was right.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Marriage is survived just on the basis of ordinary etiquette, day in and day out. Also cooking together helps a lot."

Marriage is survived just on the basis of ordinary etiquette, day in and day out. Also cooking together helps a lot.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs."

It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I was on the verge of jumping into one of those holes in life out of which we emerge a bit tattered and bloody, though we remain sure nonetheless that we had to make the jump."

I was on the verge of jumping into one of those holes in life out of which we emerge a bit tattered and bloody, though we remain sure nonetheless that we had to make the jump.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do."

After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that."

I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "That is simply the most beautiful publishing office in the world, with that cranky old building in that wonderful park."

That is simply the most beautiful publishing office in the world, with that cranky old building in that wonderful park.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Every day I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about. -- True North"

Every day I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about. -- True North



Jim Harrison Quotes: "When we were children we were errant enough to wish to be birds for the day but there's nothing easier to lose than playfulness."

When we were children we were errant enough to wish to be birds for the day but there's nothing easier to lose than playfulness.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "No one else can hold your hand or take this voyage of the soul for you."

No one else can hold your hand or take this voyage of the soul for you.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "That's my only defense against this world: to build a sentence out of it."

That's my only defense against this world: to build a sentence out of it.



Jim Harrison Quotes: "Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels."

Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels.