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Barry Holstun Lopez (born January 6, 1945 – December 25, 2020) is an American author, essayist, and fiction writer.
- I imagined in everybody I passed there was some story that they carried with them that would break your heart. So how could you have the temerity to approach that person and say, here's what's wrong with you?
- On learning empathy after a cancer diagnosis in “Writer Barry Lopez Reflects On A Life Traveling Beyond The 'Horizon'” in NPR (2019 Mar 27)
- The peculiar thing that he said was, all of our chiefs die on the road. And what he was talking about was, we must all bear up and know that we will all pass away, but it's important to keep these things alive and to give your life to the protection of these ideals.
- On the advice given to him by a Onondaga elder in “Writer Barry Lopez Reflects On A Life Traveling Beyond The 'Horizon'” in NPR (2019 Mar 27)
- In the west, we believe we are the most progressive and socially just, but a lot of that is just a hopeful illusion.
- On the West’s environmental thinking in “'We're living in emergency times': nature writer Barry Lopez's dire warning” in The Guardian (2019 May 7)
- People understand that elders listen respectfully to everyone. There’s a place at their table for every person. But they know, too, that the elders have consistently been the best people to make important decisions. People are, therefore, comfortable deferring. Their dignity is not compromised, nor do they feel powerless or demeaned, because they are carrying out the decisions of the elders. They know the elders embody the wisdom of their ancestors, that without them they would never have gotten this far…
- On the role of elders in certain societies in “The Goal Now Has to Be to Listen: An Interview with Barry Lopez” in The Georgia Review (2019 Feb 15)