"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Hal Borland on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Hal Borland on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Hal Borland on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Hal Borland on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Hal Borland on Ernest Hemingway
"Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason."
"The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason."
"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
"You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet."