Farley Mowat Quotes

Farley McGill Mowat, OC (May 12, 1921 – May 6, 2014) was a Canadian writer and environmentalist. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books. He achieved fame with the publication of his books on the Canadian north, such as People of the Deer (1952) and Never Cry Wolf (1963). The latter, an account of his experiences with wolves in the Arctic, was made into a film of the same name released in 1983. For his body of work as a writer he won the annual Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature in 1970.

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I write better in Cape Breton... too many people around in Ontario. Down there I meet all sorts of non-human people, but they don't bother me, and I don't feel I have to apologize on behalf of my species quite so often.

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Inaction will cause a man to sink into the slough of despond and vanish without a trace.

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Stephen Harper is probably the most dangerous human being ever elevated to power in Canada.

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Mutt enjoyed traveling by car, but he was an unquiet passenger. He suffered from the delusion, common to dogs and small boys, that when he was looking out the right-hand side, he was probably missing something far more interesting on the left-hand side.

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After all, we fought the Yanks in 1812 and kicked them the hell out of our country - but not with blanks.

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Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destory; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification.

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Ah me son, we don't be takin' nothin' from the sea. We has to sneak up on what we wants and wiggle it away

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You never know when the devil might come calling.

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The frozen fish were later put in deep holes in the moss and covered over to keep until they were needed.

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We're under some gross misconception that we're a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the last minute we'll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It's delusion.

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Don't let the facts interfere with the truth.

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Truth I have no trouble with, it's the facts I get all screwed up.

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If you are going to be a big personality, you've got to have some kind of characteristic gimmick.

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I believe in God the way my dog does

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I write every day. I'm always in the process of writing my last book, until the next one.

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