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Over the years, people have uttered many profound statements, everything from, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

You may have never thought about it, since you talk about them every day, but people have quite a bit to say about rocks. Here are some of my favorite quotations.

By Mark S. Kuhar

Over the years, people have uttered many profound statements, everything from, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

You may have never thought about it, since you talk about them every day, but people have quite a bit to say about rocks. Here are some of my favorite quotations.

“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Fertile soil, level plains, easy passage across the mountains, coal, iron and other metals imbedded in the rocks, and a stimulating climate, all shower their blessings upon man.” – Ellsworth Huntington

“Geologists have a saying – rocks remember.” – Neil Armstrong

“I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet.” – Carry Nation

“I still have my bad days when I think I'm not getting everything I deserve. But those pass quickly once my Mother gets on the phone and says, ‘Listen, we used to eat rocks and walk 80 miles a day to school.’” – Bonnie Hunt  

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – St. Matthew

“If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.”  – Carl Perkins

“If you see a whole thing – it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.”  – Morihei Ueshiba

“The person that turns over the most rocks wins the game. And that's always been my philosophy.” – Peter Lynch

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”   Tennessee Williams

“We're stunned by the diversity of rocks. This stuff looks like it was put into a blender.” – Steven Squyres

“You can crash on one set of rocks or the other set of rocks, and they crashed on the other set of rocks, which was probably being too little to be commercially viable.” – David Talbot

“Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them.”  – John McPhee

“I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork.” – Irving Brecher

“Our sense of community and compassionate intelligence must be extended to all life forms, plants, animals, rocks, rivers and human beings. This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future.”  – Terry Tempest Williams