Paul’s Inspirations

Paul’s love of books inspired him.  He drew on quotes from his readings to inspire others, and would often cite passages that moved him to encourage others.

Aldo Leopold

The words of Aldo Leopold were particularly inspiring to Paul. Two of his favorite quotes are these:

“The first prerequisite of intelligent  tinkering is to save all of the parts.”
(This quote inspired Paul to save the Prairie Chicken and to save land through The Wisconsin Nature Conservancy.)

“… on a still night sit quiet and listen, and think hard of everything you have seen and tried to understand. Then you may hear it – a vast  pulsing harmony – its score inscribed on a thousand hills, its notes the lives and deaths of plants and animals, its rhythms spanning the seconds and the years.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Paul loved poetry. His favorite was “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson which he had memorized in childhood and quoted frequently. In 1990 Paul suffered a debilitating stroke that was to leave him bedridden for the rest of his life. When told of his fate he recited the final verse:

Though much is taken much abides; and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved heaven and earth; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts;

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield

Captain Salt and Jim

In 1932 and 1933, when Paul was in his early 20’s he wrote a series for the Wisconsin School of the Air, now Wisconsin Public Radio. This series was called “Captain Salt and Jim.” It aired weekly in fifteen minute segments for elementary school age students. The series featured conversations between a retired sea captain and a young boy that concluded with an inspirational message.

Some of these messages are below:

“Our deeds still travel with us from afar and what we have been makes us what we are.” – George Elliot

All “wins” are not victories

“One cannot always be a hero; but one can always be a man.” – Goethe

“There is a destiny which makes us brothers None walks his way alone;  Whatever we give unto the lives of others comes back into our own.” – Anonymous

“Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong” – O’ Conner

“All things are possible to men who have a passionate faith in the things which are worth while.” – Gen. Haig

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.” – M.B. Whitman

“It is better to wear out than to rust out.” – Cumberland

“Too low they build, who build below the skies.” – Virgil

“They can conquer who believe they can.” – Virgil

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” – Napoleon

“Honesty is the best policy.” – Franklin

“After crosses and sorrow men grow humbler and wiser.” – Franklin

“There is often as much independence in not being led as in not being driven.” – Edwards

“That men may safely venture on his way, who is so guided that he cannot stray.” – Walter Scott

“Men are born to be of service to one another.” – Marcus Aurelius

“He who has learned to obey, will know how to command.” – Solon

“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.” – Emerson

“We rise in glory as we sink in Pride.” – Young

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.” – Johnson

“Not having enough  sunshine  is what ails the world.” – Childs

 “The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.” – Charles Kingsley