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scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Mar 12, 2014 - 05:13pm PT
Hey, maybe I need education in using the Net. Or...

Oct 19, 2013, Paul Souza wrote
"present dangers are less than future imaginings" attributed to Shakespeare.

So I try to find this line and the closest I find is
"present fears are less than horrible imaginings" from Hamlet, Act I scene 3

but I find Paul's quote used by Pastor Wendell Jones on Twitter, who
attributes it to Shakespeare.

Howbout it?

Sport climber
Mar 12, 2014 - 05:19pm PT

Hehe... possibly too much altar wine...

Or we can leave it to CMC:

The truth about the world, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, the mind itself being but a fact among others.

Sport climber
Mar 12, 2014 - 05:21pm PT

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty everyday, and if you can source your life on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon. It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

across the street from Marshall, CO
Mar 12, 2014 - 07:37pm PT
I was on the Captain with Kor and I asked "How'm I doing Layton? Am I going fast enough?"

He said "You're faster than everyone but Roper on aid."

I'm still not sure if it was a grand compliment or one of his puns.

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Mar 12, 2014 - 11:27pm PT

No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 l l

Sport climber
Rancho Verga, CA
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:38am PT
God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.

Elbert Hubbard

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Mar 13, 2014 - 11:37am PT
Marlow, that Mountain Dreamer quote is beautiful. My new favorite one.

Sport climber
Made in California
Mar 18, 2014 - 11:27pm PT
Got the following quote inked on the inside of my forearm this evening:

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." ~Rumi


Trad climber
Mar 19, 2014 - 04:42am PT
Yoda: always with you it cannot be done.

Luke: OK, I'll try.

Yoda: NO! Try not. DO!

Or do not. There is no try.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 19, 2014 - 06:44am PT
"Yoda talk that way, how does, hmm?"


"Pull you up like a mother clings to her child, the rock will. Yes, hmmm."--WBraun

Sport climber
Mar 19, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." Hermann Buhl

Sport climber
Mar 19, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
"If the conquest of a great peak brings moments of exultation and bliss, which in the monotonous, materialistic existence of modern times nothing else can approach, it also presents great dangers. It is not the goal of grand alpinism to face peril, but it is one of the tests one must undergo to deserve the joy of rising for an instant above the state of crawling grubs. But soon we have to start the descent. Suddenly I feel sad and despondent. I am well aware that a mountaineering victory is only a scratch in space But in spite of this, how sad I feel at leaving that crest ! On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude."

Lionel Terray

Sport climber
Mar 19, 2014 - 06:30pm PT
"The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security in order to do what they themselves think worth doing. They do the useless, brave, noble, divinely foolish, and the very wisest things that are done by Man. And what they prove to themselves and to others is that Man is no mere creature of his habits, no automaton in his routine, but that in the dust of which he is made there is also fire, lighted now and then by great winds from the sky."

Walter Lippmann

Sport climber
Mar 19, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
"If in normal conditions it is skill, which counts, in such extreme situations, it is the spirit, which saves."

Walter Bonatti

Sport climber
Made in California
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”

~ Rumi

Dal Maxvill

Social climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 11:49pm PT
"Have you ever thrown a ball 100 miles an hour? Everything hurts. Even your ass hurts. I see pictures of my face and say, 'Holy shit', but that's the strain you feel when you throw. I had one of those faces you look at it, man, and say, 'Man he's an ass-hole.' Could be, depends on if you pissed me off or not."
-- Bob Gibson

Mar 24, 2014 - 11:55pm PT

Stop fighting for the truth, it exist outside of others. People who want to will see it and the rest, well... Those that don't see it are usually the very ones you should avoid. It's a built in life filter of sort.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 24, 2014 - 11:56pm PT
"Marriage was a perfectly workable human institution when the life expectancy was 40"....Margaret Mead.
Trusty Rusty

Tahoe Area
Mar 25, 2014 - 12:04am PT
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Great lines in there Marlow.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 31, 2014 - 09:01pm PT
Peter Tangvald

"I had to choose between her and the boat, she said. Any sailor will know it is a lot more difficult to get a new boat than a new wife so I bought her a one-way ticket back to Norway."
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