Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since I’ve canoed on our nation's biggest rivers I’ve been asked repeatedly: Why? My answer has always been the same: I love nature, boating, sleeping under the stars, camp fires, and solitude immersed in beauty.

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"The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful; it is by abandonment. The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through strength of ideas, as the works of genius and religion. 'A man,' said Oliver Cromwell, 'never rises so high — as when he knows not whither he is going.'"

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