Wallace Stegner Quotes

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Most things break, including hearts.  The lessons of a life amount not to wisdom but to scar tissue and callus.


A political animal can be defined as a body that will go on circulating a petition even with its heart cut out.


Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste.
— Wallace Stegner