Benton MacKaye quotes

  • My own doctrine of organization is that any body of people coming together for a purpose (whatever it may be) should consist of persons wholly wedded to said purpose and should consist of nobody else. If the purpose be Cannibalism (preference for Ham a la Capitalism) then nobody but a Cannibal should be admitted. There should be plenty of discussion and disagreement as to how and the means but none whatever as to ends.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Mean #Organization #People

  • However useful may be the National Parks and Forests of the West for those affording the Pullman fare to reach them, what is needed by the bulk of the American population is something nearer home.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Home #Population #National Parks

  • A period recourse into the wilds is not a retreat into secret silent sanctums to escape a wicked world, it is to take breath amid effort to forge a better world.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Effort #Secret #Wicked

  • For we need this thing wilderness far more than it needs us. Civilizations (like glaciers) come and go, but the mountain and its forest continue the course of creation's destiny. And in this we mere humans can take part-by fitting our civilization to the mountain.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Nature #Destiny #Civilization

  • There are three things: to walk, to see, and to see what you see.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Three #Three Things #Walks

  • Wilderness is two things-fact and feeling. It is a fund of knowledge and a spring of influence. It is the ultimate source of health-terrestrial and human.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Spring #Two #Feelings

  • One function, at least, of true wilderness is to provide a refuge from the crassitudes of civilization-whether visible, intangible, audible-whether of billboard, of pavement, of auto horn-all of these are urban essences; all are negations of wilderness.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #Essence #Civilization #Pavement

  • The problem of living is at bottom an economic one. And this alone is bad enough, even in a period of so-called "normalcy." But living has been considerably complicated of late in various ways - by war, by questions of personal liberty, and by "menaces" of one kind or another.
    -- Benton MacKaye

    #War #Liberty #Normalcy

  • I find placebos uplifting and exhilarating. It means that taking action--no matter what the action is--might help you feel better.

  • Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible.

  • We two remake our world by naming it / Together, knowing what words mean for us / And for the other for whom current coin / Is cold speech--but we say, the tree, the pool, / And see the fire in the air, the sun, our sun, / Anybody's sun, the world's sun, but here, now / Particularly our sun....

  • When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do. But when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.

  • The most customer-centric organizations can answer any question by deciding what's best for the customer, without ever having to ask.

  • There's a lot of pride that business owners have. It's actually really critical that pride and ownership extends to everyone in the organization. I think of everyone is in the same boat in driving the company forward.

  • Movements of people create change - not just any one person or organization, but when lots of people are in motion around a shared vision.

  • We are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.

  • Science fiction is a field of writing where, month after month, every printed word implies to hundreds of thousands of people: 'There is change. Look, today's fantastic story is tomorrow's fact.

  • Money has no color. If you can build a better mousetrap, it won't matter whether you're black or white. People will buy it.