Loren Eiseley

Karl Klaus, in The Made-Up Self, frequently mentions the naturalist and author, Loren Eiseley. Eiseley wrote a number of books in which he conveyed the awe and wonder of the natural world, the most well-known being The Immense Journey.

Back in my B. Dalton days in the mid-to-late 1970's I was an avid reader of Eiseley, and believe I read pretty much everything he had in print. In those pre-personal computer days I would copy down quotes from a book that spoke to me onto a piece of note paper and tape it to a sheet of eight-and-a-half by eleven paper, which I would then put in a three-ring binder. Other quotes I would copy directly to three-hole notebook paper. Many of those quotes are from Eiseley. I still have that binder today. Here's a randomly selected quote I found there:

I have come to believe that in the world there is nothing to explain the world.
Nothing in nature can separate the existent from the potential.

What's interesting is that I don't think I ever bought an Eiseley book. All of my Eiseley reading seems to be lunch and break-time reading at the store. I certainly can't find an Eiseley book on my shelves today. Now I certainly have gotten rid of a number of books over the years, but if I ever owned any Eiseley books I can't imagine having gotten rid of them. I certainly still have many less worthy books from those days.

It's odd, looking back and recognizing that.



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