Somewhere lives a bad Cajun cook, just as somewhere must live one last ivory-billed woodpecker. For me, I don't expect ever to encounter either one.

— William Least Heat-Moon

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Be careful going in search of adventure - it's ridiculously easy to find.

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What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

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Beware thoughts that come in the night.

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Having made the trip from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean myself going up up up against twenty-five hundred miles of the Missouri River, I can testify that it's one of the most arduous trips that anyone can make on this continent and yet I had a power boat to do it in.

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Without the errors, wrong turns and blind alleys, without the doubling back and misdirection and fumbling and chance discoveries, there was not one bit of joy in walking the labyrinth.

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On the old highway maps of America, the main routes were red and the back roads blue. Now even the colors are changing.

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The biggest hindrance to learning is fear of showing one's self a fool.

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There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't.

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New ways of seeing can disclose new things… But turn the question around.

Do new things make for new ways of seeing?

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The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.

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One of the sweet and expectable aspects of life afloat is the perpetual present moment one lives in and a perception that time is nothing more than the current, an eternal flowing back to the sea.

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Spirit can go anywhere. In fact, it has to go places so it can change and emerge like in the migrations. That's the whole idea.

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About William Least Heat-Moon

Quotes 51 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Franchises and chains have come to dominate small communities, but those same chains have eliminated a lot of the greasy spoons, places you didn't want to eat in the first place.

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Our religion keeps reminding us that we aren't just will and thoughts.

We're also sand and wind and thunder. Rain. The seasons. All those things. You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If you respect yourself, you respect all things.

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The negative cost of Lewis and Clark entering the Garden of Eden is that later expeditions regardless of what they were intended to do, later expeditions did not deal with the native peoples with the intelligence with the almost kindly resolve that Lewis and Clark did.

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Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while.

Maybe the only gift is a chance to inquire, to know nothing for certain. An inheritance of wonder and nothing more.

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To say nothing is out here is incorrect;

to say the desert is stingy with everything except space and light, stone and earth is closer to the truth.

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I contend that in the kind of nonfiction I write, and that other people also pursue, anything is permissible provided the reader knows what you're taking liberties with.

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A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go.

He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity.

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Get out and find ...the country. And ourselves.

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At the beginning we learn to travel, then we travel to learn.

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No yesterdays on the road.

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Adventure is putting one's ignorance into motion.

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I like the digressive kind of traveling, where there's not a particular, set, goal.

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I can't say, over the miles, that I had learned what I had wanted to know because I hadn't known what I wanted to know. But I did learn what I didn't know I wanted to know.

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With a nearly desperate sense of isolation and a growing suspicion that I lived in an alien land, I took to the road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and men and deeds connected.

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Beware thoughts that come in the night.

They aren't turned properly; they come in askew, free of sense and restriction, deriving from the most remote of sources.

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Memory is each man's own last measure, and for some, the only achievement.

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What is it in man that for a long while lies unknown and unseen only one day to emerge and push him into a new land of the eye, a new region of the mind, a place he has never dreamed of? Maybe it's like the force in spores lying quietly under asphalt until the day they push a soft, bulbous mushroom head right through the pavement. There's nothing you can do to stop it.

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I have not been on any river that has more of a distinctive personality than does the Missouri River. It's a river that immediately presents to the traveler, 'I am a grandfather spirit. I have a source; I have a life.

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Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while.

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A true journey, no matter how long the travel takes, has no end.

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The four horsemen of the prairie are tornado, locust, drought, and fire, and the greatest of these is fire, a rider with two faces because for everything taken, it makes a return in equal measure.

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I did learn what I didn't know I wanted to know.

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I've read that a naked eye can see six thousand stars in the hundred billion galaxies, but I couldn't believe it, what with the sky white with starlight. I saw a million stars with one eye and two million with both.

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...who can say where a voyage starts - not the the actual passage but the dream of a journey and its urge to find a way?

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Historical awareness is a kind of resurrection.

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Other than to amuse himself, why should a man pretend to know where he's going or understand what he sees?

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Boredom lies only with the traveler's limited perception and his failure to explore deeply enough. After a while, I found my perception limited.

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The hotel was once where things coalesced, where you could meet both townspeople and travelers. Not so in a motel. No matter how you build it, the motel remains the haunt of the quick and dirty, where the only locals are Chamber of Commerce boys every fourth Thursday. Who ever heard the returning traveler exclaim over one of the great motels of the world he stayed in? Motels can be big, but never grand.

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It's difficult to write a book where a character is on virtually every page of the book but you cannot refer to his or her gender. It gets rid of every his, her, she and he.

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At any particular moment in a man's life, he can say that everything he has done and not done, that has been done and not been done to him, has brought him to that moment. If he's being installed as Chieftain or receiving a Nobel Prize, that's a fulfilling notion. But if he's in a sleeping bag at ten thousand feet in a snowstorm, parked in the middle of a highway and waiting to freeze to death, the idea can make him feel calamitously stupid.

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The Lewis and Clark tale has all the all the elements that one would want to put into a movie. It has the, continual threat for life; it's got the thread of Indians; it's got disease. It has daily risk where these men may go under the water. It's got the fight with the elements. It's got the el the role of the unknown continually threatening them.

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Whoever the last true cowboy in America turns out to be, he's likely to be an Indian.

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To an American, land is solidity, goodness, and hope. American history is about land.

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Life doesn't happen along interstates. It's against the law.

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You never feel better than when you start feeling good after you've been feeling bad.

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New ways of seeing can disclose new things: the radio telescope revealed quasars and pulsars, and the scanning electron microscope showed the whiskers of the dust mite. But turn the question around: Do new things make for new ways of seeing?

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For me, writing is not a search for explanations but a ramble in quest of what informs a place, a hunt for equivalents.

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