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Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Ranger1, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Ranger1

    Ranger1 New Member

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    ANYONE KNOW ANY BUSHCRAFT QUOTES?

    Hi there, this is my first forum post.

    I'm attemting to compile a collection of bushcraft & similar fields quotes, sayings, wit, wisdom, etc.

    I'll start us off:

    'A blunt knife is more dangerous than a sharp one'

    'If you can't tie knots tie lots'

    'You don't climb on your knees'

    'Take only memories, leave only footprints' - Ray Mears

    'The more you know the less you carry' - Mors Kochanski

    'Knowledge doesn't weigh anything'

    'If you leave the Christian Bible outside, eventually the wind and the rain will destroy it. My bible IS the wind and the rain.' - Native American

    'Your skin is waterproof'

    'Everything is edible, even the things that are not'


    'Only after the last tree has been cut down,
    Only after the last river has been poisoned,
    Only after the last fish has been caught,
    Only then will you realise that you cannot
    EAT MONEY!'
    - Cree Indian prophesy

    'We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; We borrow it from our children'

    'Do not pick berries along the path that are below waistheight'
     
  2. Ranger1

    Ranger1 New Member

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    Also any mnemonics/acronyms you may have.

    I heard a good saying once on how to tell the differance between conifers, it was something like: Fir=Flat, Pine=Pairs, Spruce=Sharp Anyone know if that's right?

    Thanks.
     
  3. Adze

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    Only thing which immediately leaps at me, that's not already on your list, is:

    DEYS: Don't Eat Yellow Snow
     
  4. treefrog

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    “How can you buy or sell the sky. We do not own the freshness of the air, or sparkle on the water.
    How than can you buy them from us? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people, holy in their
    memory and experience. We know that the white man does not understand our ways,
    he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs.
    The earth is not his friend, but his enemy. And when he is conquered it he moves on, he kidnaps the
    earth from his children. His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind a desert.
    If the beast were gone we would die from a great loneliness of the spirit.
    For whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.”


    Shortened version of;

    "How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

    Every part of the Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clear and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.

    The white man's dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful Earth, for it is the mother of the red man. We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and the man, all belong to the same family.

    So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us. The Great White Chief sends word he will reserve us a place so that we can live comfortably to ourselves. He will be our father and we will be his children. So we will consider your offer to buy land. But it will not be easy. For this land is sacred to us.

    This shining water that moves in streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred blood of our ancestors. If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred, and you must teach your children that it is sacred and that each ghostly reflection in the clear water of the lakes tells of events in the life of my people. The waters murmur is the voice of my father's father.

    The rivers of our brothers they quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes and feed our children. If we sell you our land, you must remember to teach your children that the rivers are our brothers, and yours, and you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness that you would give my brother. We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his father's graves behind, and he does not care. He kidnaps the Earth from his children, and he does not care.

    His father's grave, and his children's birthright are forgotten. He treats his mother, the Earth, and his brother, the same, as things to be bought, plundered, sold like sheep or bright beads. His appetite will devour the Earth and leave behind only a desert.

    I do not know. Our ways are different from yours ways. The sight of your cities pains the eyes of the red man. But perhaps it is because the red man is a savage and does not understand.
    There is no quiet place in the white man's cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring, or the rustle of an insect's wings. But perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand. The clatter only seems to insult the ears. And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night. I am a red man and do not understand. The Indian prefers the soft sound of the wind darting over the face of the pond, and the smell of the wind itself, cleansed by a midday rain, or scented with the pinon pine.

    The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench. But if we sell you our land, you must remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh. And if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where even the white man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow's flowers.

    So we will consider your offer to buy our land. If we decide to accept, I will make one condition - the white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.

    I am a savage and do not understand any other way. I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot them from a passing train. I am a savage and do not understand how the smoking iron horse can be made more important than the buffalo that we kill only to stay alive.

    What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.
    You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the Earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

    This we know - the Earth does not belong to man - man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

    Whatever befalls the Earth - befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

    Even the white man, whose God walks and talks with him as friend to friend, cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all. We shall see. One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover - Our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own our land, but you cannot. He is the God of man, and His compassion is equal for red man and the white. The Earth is precious to Him, and to harm the Earth is to heap contempt on its creator. The whites too shall pass, perhaps sooner than all other tribes.

    But in your perishing you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the God who brought you to this land and for some special purpose gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are slaughtere d, the wild horses tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the Eagle? Gone. The end of living and the beginning of survival".

    Chief Seattle
    1854
     
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    Be aware, that no matter how touching, there is dispute that the chief said these words. They have also been attributed to Ted Perry, a screen writer, in 1972, in a film about ecology. http://www.snopes.com/quotes/seattle.asp
     
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    Yep, can open, worms everywhere. I was aware and was going to add a rider (hence edit at 23.49) but left it as I like the Perry version :)
    Although the words were attributed to Si’ahl (Chief Seattle) by Perry.
     
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    There seem to be be two threads on this topic. Ranger1 18/02/2012 and Hobson 27/02/2012. Could they be combined?
     
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    That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.

    by Friedricht Nietzsche

    seems appropriate.
     
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    Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
    ― Bruce Lee
     
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    The version I've heard is:

    Spruce = Single
    Pine = Pairs
    Larch = Lots

    in relation to the number of leaves growing from each bud ?
     
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    Nietzsche has clearly never arm wrestled a stroke victim.
     
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    youngbushcrafter Tenderfoot

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    "You cannot underestimate the importance of preparation." - Ray Mears

    'Bushcraft is not carried on the back but is in the mind and the soul' - Me (Harry Scott)

    'It provides warmth when we are cold
    It provides shelter when we are wet
    It gives its fruits when we are hungry
    It gives us a drink when we are thirsty
    It is Nature and it shall keep on giving until the day that we have finished destroying it' - Me (Harry Scott)
     
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    If it bleeds we can kill it.
     
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    was that predator film with arnie ?

    LEAVE NOTHING BUT YOUR THANKS=BEAR.G
     
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    A couple of old sayings from Finland, translated by yours truly:

    - "Compression wood will hold in a bow, side of a birch in an axe".
    - "Hunger will teach a Laplander to shoot".
    - "Rope of spruce, stake of juniper and fence of aspen, these will hold for life".
    - "Swamp fox is a treacherous fox, hill fox is a cunning fox".
     
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    one me and a mate have used for years when out and nted by observers that we seem to do little but sit and have a brew every thing is always done while they rush arounf trying to get fire wood etc

    "Loaf to Live"
     
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    "Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri."
    (Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?)
    -Unknown Roman Soldier
     
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    "If you are going through hell, keep going."
    Churchill.

    Kind of reassuring somehow that when your in a real pinch all you realy can do is keep going on.
     
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    IIRC Pine needles are made up from either 2, 3 or 5 segements and when pressed together make a circle.
     
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    All fungi are edible, its just that some of then are only edible once.
     

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