"The Plains are not forgiving. Anything that is shallow--the easy optimism of a homesteader; the false hope that denies geography,climate, history; the tree whose roots don't reach ground water--will dry up and blow away."
"We do not rest satisfied with the present.... So imprudent we are that we wander in the times which are not ours and do not thinkof the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us."
"But I must needs take my petulance, contrasting it with my accustomed morning hopefulness, as a sign of the ageing of appetite, ofa decay in the very capacity of enjoyment. We need some imaginative stimulus, some not impossible ideal which may shape vague hope, and transform it into effective desire, to carry us year after year, without disgust, through the routine- work which is so large a part of life."
"Speed is good only when wisdom leads the way. The end of this journey, whether to the high horizons of hope or the depths of destruction, will be determined by the collective wisdom of the people who live on this shrinking planet."
"There is always a degree of ridicule that attends a disappointment, though often very unjustly, if the expectation was reasonablygrounded; however, it is certainly most prudent not to communicate, prematurely, one's hopes or one's fears."