The Haw River Paddler


Bynum Lake by Elaine Chiosso

Here are some quotes about rivers that recently appeared in the American Rivers 2015 calendar.  We thought you would enjoy reading them for a little end-of-the year inspiration.

“I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.” Edward Abby

“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book…which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it had uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.” Mark Twain

“There is a river somewhere that flows through the lives of everyone.” Reberta Flack

“I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water…has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes….” Roderick Haig-Brown

“Boundaries don’t protect rivers. People do.” Brad Arrowsmith

“The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are.” Lynn Noel

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get to where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere-else.” Hal Boyle

“I started out thinking of America as highways and state lines. As I got to know it better, I began to think of it as rivers.” Charles Karalt

“To put your hands into the river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.” Barry Lopez

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” Laura Gilpin