from books I’ve read-

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G.K. Chesterton

Separating reality from superstition is the better part of knowledge.”- Sara Friedman, Celebrating the Wild Mushroom

Any scientist worth listening to must be something of a poet, must possess the ability to communicate to the rest of us his sense of love and wonder at what his work discovers.”- Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

Walking makes the world much bigger and therefore more interesting. You have time to observe the details.”- Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

Self confidence is the first giant step to success, for it leads to inventiveness.” – Thalassa Cruso, Making Things Grow Outdoors

Whatever sanity I had was thanks to writers, to books that either helped me forget my troubles or helped me understand them.” – Susan Richards, Chosen by a Horse

One must know the path one runs even if the ground underfoot is not as one chooses.” – Clare Bell, Ratha’s Creature

Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look.” – Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock

I would rather be mocked for doing a good thing, than to be respected, knowing I have done wrong.” – Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind.

I’m mindful of Ben Franklin’s definition of a reasonable creature as one who can come up with a reason for whatever he wants to do.” – Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Mushrooms are hinges in nature, now turning toward death, now toward new life.” – Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Lies are infinite in number, and the truth so small and singular.“- Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

Keeping secrets from young ears only plants seeds in between them” – Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead

Because people never excelled at anything until they had failed at it for a very, very long time.” – Lauren Marks, A Stitch of Time