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   Nature never overlooks a mistake,
   or makes the smallest allowance
   for ignorance.
   —Thomas H. Huxley, 1825-1895
   A Liberal Education, 1868

 

   Fear is the father of courage
   and the mother of safety.
   —Henry H. Tweedy, 1868-1953,
   Sermon

 

  Nothing is so much
   to be feared as fear.
   
—Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   Journal, 1851

 

   My life is like
   a stroll upon the beach,
   as near the ocean's edge
   as I can go.
   
—Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   My Life is like a . . . , 1849

 

   To drink in
   the spirit of a place
   you should be
   not only alone
   but not hurried.
   —George Santayana, 1863-1952
   The Letters of George Santayana

 

   He travels the fastest
   who travels alone.
   —Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
   Soldiers Three: The Winners, 1888

 

   The man who goes alone
   can start today,
   but he who travels with
   another must wait
   till that other is ready.
   —Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   Walden: Economy, 1854

 

   There is no denying
   that most of us,
   when we arrive
   at a place,
   immediately begin
   to think of other places
   to which
   we may go from it.
   —Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion

 

   Happiness is not
   a station you arrive at,
   but a manner of traveling.
   —Margaret L. Runbeck

 

   O to be self-balanced
   for contingencies,
   to confront night, storms,
   hunger, ridicule, accidents,
   rebuffs, as the trees
   and animals do.
   —Walt Whitman, 1819-1892
   Leaves of Grass, 1855

 

   A closed mouth
   gathers no feet.
   —Anonymous

 

   The laws of nature
   are the same everywhere.
   Whoever violates them
   anywhere must always
   pay the penalty.
   —Carl Schurz, 1829-1906

 

   Nature is not governed
   except by obeying her.
   —Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
   De Augmentis Scientiarum

 

   Nature's rules
   have no exceptions.
   —Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903
   Social Statistics, 1851

 

   Nature pardons
   no mistakes.
   Her yea is yea,
   and her nay, nay.
   —Ralph W. Emerson, 1803-1882
   Nature, Addresses, &
   Lectures: Discipline

 

   For Nature is one
   with rapine, a harm
   no preacher can heal;
   the mayfly is torn
   by the swallow,
   the sparrow spear'd
   by the shrike,
   and the whole
   little wood where I sit
   is a world of
   plunder and prey.
   —Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892
   Maud, 1855

 

Sails ripp'd,
   seams op'ning wide,
   and compass lost
   —William Cowper, 1731-1800
   On Rcpt of My Mother's Picture

 

   Though pleased to see
   the dolphins play,
   I mind my compass and my way.
   —Matthew Green, 1696-1737
   The Spleen

 

   Skill'd in the globe and sphere,
   
he gravely stands and,
   with his compass,
   measures seas and lands.
   —John Dryden, 1631-1700
   Sixth Satire of Juvenal

         

.

 

 

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I don't know what
your destiny will be,
but one thing I do know:
the only ones among you
who will be really happy
are those who have sought
and found how to serve.
—Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965
French theologian, medical missionary,
philosopher, musician,
and Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Chimo!** Welcome to the home of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), a non-motorized, Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) organized as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP).

On this page...
  • Mission
  • Volunteers
  • Affiliations
  • History
  • Outreach
  • Partners

**Chimo is an ancient Inuit—or Eskimoan—term used
to convey the warmest of greetings and salutations. It's
often accompanied by a friendly hand gesture; namely,
a circular movement of the left hand over one's heart.


People who say it cannot be done,
...should not interrupt those who are doing it.
—Anonymous


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Mission
 
Michael Neiger
Lead Investigator
Marquette, Michigan
Bio :: Contact

Founded and run by Michael Neiger of Marquette, Michigan, USA, Team MibSAR's Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) mission is assisting Michigan (USA) & Northern Ontario (Canada) law enforcement agencies with select missing-person & felony cold-case investigations in remote, wilderness areas.

Important Notice: While MibSAR collaborates with law enforcement agencies, search-and-rescue teams, task forces, and strike teams regarding on-going investigations and operations, MibSAR is not a traditional, paid, professional, "first-response," search-and-rescue unit.

Because the search must continue,
...so loved ones aren't left behind.
—MibSAR's credo

MibSAR is a small, civilian, all-volunteer, Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) of last resort that specializes in working on select missing-person and felony cold-case investigations, primarily ones that have been suspended by the agency of jurisdiction.

An incident requiring emergency search and rescue (SAR) should be immediately referred to the agency with jurisdiction over the area where the incident occurred—often a sheriffs department in Michigan; or the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Ontario, Canada—by calling 911 immediately.

On certain, select cases, MibSAR also designs, maintains, and hosts investigative Web sites; designs, prints, and distributes investigative posters; underwrites monetary rewards; and arranges for anonymous, toll-free tip lines and internet-based e-tips programs.

All MibSAR investigations, searches, services, and work products are provided absolutely free of charge to the agency of jurisdiction, the victim, and the victim's family.

Those who can,
...do.
Those who can do more,
...volunteer.
—Anonymous


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Volunteers

Led by Michael Neiger—a certified SAR TECH II by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)—MibSAR's Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) volunteers are hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool bushmen and bushwomen who thrive in remote, inhospitable wilderness.

They're at their best with map-and-compass in-hand, living out of a rucksack, panier, sledge, or canoe for days—sometimes weeks—at a time.

Wilderness survivalists by nature, these foul-weather-ready, fully-equipped, experienced, wilderness trekkers spend dozens of nights in the bush of Canada and Michigan each year, including the dead of winter.

Since they frequently work the bush fully equipped and provisioned for long-range operations—without support or resupply for up to 10 days at times—they're considered a heavy team by conventional SAR standards.

To learn more about volunteering on MibSAR's wilderness operations, click here.

The best way to do good to ourselves,
...is to do it to others;
the right way to gather,
Is to scatter.
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca
a.k.a. Seneca the Younger, 4 B.C. - 65 A.D.
Roman statesman, philosopher, and writer


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Affiliations

Michael Neiger is a member in good standing of the following professional organizations:

  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
  • International Society of Professional Trackers (ISPT)
  • International Association of Cold Case Investigators (IACCI)
  • International Crime Scene Investigation Association (ICSIA)
  • International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA).

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
—John Wesley, 1703-1791
Christian theologian and founder of Methodism
John Wesley's Rule


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History

MibSAR was founded by Michael Neiger in 2008, shortly after an article—headlined "Search for missing man suspended"—appeared in the July 19, 2008 issue of the Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan).

July 19, 2008
issue of the
Mining Journal (Marquette,
Michigan)

Buried deep inside the Upper Peninsula's largest daily paper, the short, 5 paragraph news briefing immediately caught Michael's attention.

Perhaps it was because he'd backpacked through this area just a few weeks prior...

Maybe it was the plight of the family...

The Mining Journal reported the man—Joe Clewley—had gone missing "in a remote area of Whitefish Township," apparently along a section of the North Country Trail (NCT) located in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, just south of Paradise, Michigan.

As a recently-retired Det./Sgt. with the Michigan State Police; decades-long, off-trail Canadian wilderness guide; solo expeditioner; and a member of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA), he wondered if he could be of any assistance to the Sheriff's Office and the Clewley Family.

Figuring the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office SAR resources must be stretched to the limit, and the Clewley Family must be going through a living hell, he contacted the Undersheriff of Chippewa County with an offer of assistance.

After learning both the Sheriff's Office and the Clewley Family would "most certainly welcome your assistance," Michael packed his rucksack with foul-weather gear and 5 days worth of rations; called his partner Chris Ozminski to alert him to the SAR mission at hand; and began what would be a years-long SAR effort in the remote, eastern reaches of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Thank you again for all your efforts. I don't know what good deed gave us the blessing of having you [Michael Neiger] in our lives at this particular moment in time; but I'm forever grateful that we have had your unwavering support, expertise and commitment towards Dad's search.
    As you can imagine, being in Alabama has distanced me from the search efforts...Your communications are a lifeline for all of us. Thank you again Michael; at the end of this journey I hope we can somehow return this gift to you.
    God bless.
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., September 2, 2008

Thank you for [your] continued diligence in the quest to find my Dad. It makes it easier to continue to push through to the next available time for searching when I know that you guys are out there covering the most likely places that he could be. My family can not begin to thank you enough, we are blessed to have such good people as you [Michael Neiger] & Chris [Ozminski] helping to locate him.
    Very grateful.
—Teresa Clewley, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., October 2, 2008

I would like to add my continued thanks to Mike [Neiger] and Chris [Ozminski] for the undying efforts that you have displayed. Thank you for the website and the searches, it has been a comfort when we aren't able to be there. I hope that we are able to locate my father soon to put this tragedy to rest. I also would like to thank everyone who has responded to the thread [blog], I don't feel so alone with your responses.
    Thank you everyone.
—Tkdjunkie (Russ Clewley), son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, October 3, 2008

While Joe's whereabouts—as well as the circumstances surrounding his disappearance—remain a mystery to this day, MibSAR has been able to make substantial progress in the investigation after years of hard work in the bush:

Hey Mike [Neiger]...I just wanted to say thank you for the clue. It was getting very frustrating to search without any sign of my dad. After approximately fifty days of searching, you somewhat broke the case with your discovery....
    Anyway, thanks again for the help and the reassurance that there is still hope, through any little clue, that we might find my dad.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., September 6, 2008

Special thanks must go out to Mike Neiger and Chris Ozminski. They have dedicated most of their summer searching diligently in the search area.
   
A personal thanks to them is needed as their searching came up with some very pertinent/hard-to-find evidence that has led this investigation in a certain direction.
    Mr. Neiger is a survivalist with an extensive Law Enforcement background. His knowledge in the preservation of evidence and crime lab expertise has been a great help in the field.
—Det./Sgt. Mike Bitnar, lead investigator, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, October 23, 2008

 
 
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Since the Joseph Clewley investigation is currently an open and active police investigation, the Sheriff's Office has requested that no additional information be released about the case at this time.

MibSAR continues to search for any sign of Joe in the hope that one day, hopefully soon, they may be able to reunite this beloved man with his bereaved family.

Thank you again for the time Chris [Ozminski] and you [Michael Neiger] have dedicated to finding my dad and helping my family....I know that my family and I look at you guys as more than dedicated searchers....[you're] friends.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., December 2, 2008

To learn more about this baffling, protracted case, visit Joe's missing-person Web site, which is maintained courtesy of MibSAR.

We make a living by what we get,
...but we make a life by what we give.
—Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965
British Prime Minister, statesman, orator, and author


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Outreach

As part of its community outreach program, MibSAR does archaeological- and historic-site mapping, and artifact-scatter documentation, for governmental units, including Michigan's Office of the State Archaeologist.

MibSAR also periodically brushes out and removes deadfalls, debris, and other hazards from the Noquemanon Trail Network's South Trail singletracks in Marquette, Michigan.

Through its Extreme Maps for Extreme Races initiative, MibSAR provides 1:24,000-scale racecourse cartography—course maps and elevation profiles—for race directors coordinating long-distance, muscle-powered, endurance events in the Midwest.

If you want happiness for an hour,
...take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day,
...go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year,
...inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime,
...help someone else.
—Ancient Chinese proverb


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Partners

MibSAR would like to thank it's many generous, civic-minded partners for supporting its efforts at reuniting the missing with their loved ones.

Thank You!

When you cease to make a contribution,
...you begin to die.
—Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962
Civil rights advocate, author, speaker, politician, and activist
Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

 


U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)

 


Alger County Sheriff's Department
Munising, Michigan

 


Alpine Aire Foods
Rocklin, California

 


American Mantrailing Police
& Working Dog Association

Greencastle, Indiana

 


Americas Best Value Inn
Munising, Michigan

 


Appalachian Professional
Tracking Group, Inc.

 


Asolo
Lebanon, New Hampshire

 


Backcountry.Com
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


Backcountry Rescuer
Seattle, Washington



Black Diamond
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


Birdgford Foods
Anaheim, California

 


Brooks-Range
Mountaineering Equipment Co.

Fremont, California

 


Brunton
Riverton, Wyoming

 


Buckeye Emergency Response
Training School

Ohio

 


Down Wind Sports
Marquette, Michigan

 


Cal's Party Store
Marquette, Michigan

 


Cascade Designs
Seattle, Washington

 


Forensic Services Unit Newsletter
Center for Human Identification
University of North Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

 


Chippewa County Sheriff's Office
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

 


Citizen Corps

 


Michigan Wing
Great Lakes Region
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

 


The Joseph R. Clewley Family
Michigan & Alabama

 


CMC Rescue, Inc.
Santa Barbara, California

 


Community Emergency Response Team

 


CRC Press
Boca Raton, Florida

 


Crime Scene Investigators
Network

Wildomar, California

 


Curley's Paradise Motel
Paradise, Michigan

 


The Daily News
Iron Mountain, Michigan

 



Delta County SAR
Escanaba, Michigan


Deuter USA, Inc.
Longmont, Colorado

 


DisasterDog.org

 


Dog Talk
DisasterDog.org

 


Donnakins
(Polymer clay pacing beads)
Santa Claus, Indiana

 


Eastern Upper Peninsula
Search & Rescue
Luce County Sheriff's Office

 


Emergency Response
International

Cashmere, Washington

 


Eneria Trail Foods
Marietta, Ohio

 


Esbit
Hamburg, Germany


Escanaba Department
of Public Safety

Escanaba, Michigan

 


FBI Crime Laboratory
Quantico, Virgina

 


Federal Emergency Management Agency

 


GoLite
Boulder, Colorado

 


Gossamer Gear
Austin, Texas

 


Grabber Performance Group
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 


Heavenly Harvest, Inc.
Moultrie, Georgia

 


Hummingbird
Seattle, Washington

 


Institute for Canine Forensics
Woodside, California

 


Intelligent Limited
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, UK

 


Intermountain Trading Co.
Albany, California

 


International Association
of Cold Case Investigators

Owasso, Oklahoma

 


International Crime Scene
Investigators Association

Orland Park, Illinois

 


International Homicide
Investigators Association

Fredricksburg, Virginia

 


International Society
of Professional Trackers

Santa Rosa, California

 


Iron Mountain Police Department
Iron Mountain, Michigan

 


Iron River Police Department
Iron River, Michigan

 


Isle Royale National Park
National Park Service
Houghton, Michigan

 


Iverson Snowshoe and Funiture
Shingleton, Michigan

 


Joes Gym
"Strength of the North"
Marquette, Michigan

 


Johnson's Printing Service
Marquette, Michigan

 



Katadyn
Minneapolis, Minnesota

 


Kebs, Inc.
Haslett, Michigan

 


Kent County Search & Rescue
(KCSAR)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 


K-9 One Search and Rescue
Flint, Michigan

 


Lake Superior Provincial Park
Ontario, Canada

 


Leave No Trace
Boulder, Colorado

 


Dr. William T. Lichon
Forensic Odontologist
Saginaw, Michigan

 


Lowe Alpine
Lebanon, New Hampshire

 


Burt Crawford
Maple Lane Bloodhounds
Highland, Michigan

 


Teresa Schwalbach, PEM,
Emergency Mgmt Program Coordinator
Marquette County

Negaunee, Michigan

 



Marquette County Sheriff's Department
Marquette, Michigan

 


Randolph E. Smith, M.D.
Medical examiner
Forensic pathologist
Marquette General Health System
Marquette, Michigan

 


MaryJanesFarms Outpost
Moscow, Idaho

 


Marquette Forensic Crime Laboratory
Michigan State Police
Marquette, Michigan

 


MC Sports
Marquette, Michigan

 


Meyers Custom Supply
MREs—Meals Ready to Eat
Cassel, California

 


Michigan Search and Rescue
Southeastern Michigan

 


Dr. Bruce D. Miller
Odontologist
Marquette, Michigan

 


Michigan Department of Corrections
Emergency Response Team

 


Michigan State Police
Munising Post
Negaunee Post
Newberry Post

 


Norman Sauer, Ph.D.
Forensic Anthropologist
Michigan State University
East, Lansing, Michigan

 


John A. Vucetich, Ph.D.
Wildlife biologist
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan

 


MicroNavigation.org
Hawick, Scotland

 


The Mining Journal
Marquette, Michigan

 


Moosejaw Mountaineering
Madison Heights, Michigan

 


Mountain Hardware
Richmond, California

 


Mountain House
Albany, Oregon

 


Natural High
Loomis, California

 


The Newberry News
Newberry, Michigan

 


906 Technologies
Marquette, Michigan

 


No Boundaries
Maps and Graphics, Inc.

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

 


North Country Trail Association
Lowell, Michigan

 


The North Face®
San Leandro, California

 


Scott J. Demel, Ph.D.
Archaeologist
Professor of Anthropology
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan

 


Old Man Mountain Products
Santa Barbara, California

 


Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Wawa, Ontario, Canada
North Bay, Ontario

 



Ontario Provincial Police
Temagami, Ontario

 



Opitmus
Kemptthal, Switzerland

 


Outdoor Research
Seattle, Washington

 


Packit Gourmet
Austin, Texas

 


PackTowl
Seattle, Washington

 


The Paracordist's Custom 550 Creations
Bedford, Newhampshire

 


Park Ranger Magazine
Hampshire, England

 


Paws of Life Foundation
Ames, Iowa

 


Steven L. Pence, J.D.
Marquette, Michigan

 


Playtpus
Seattle, Washington

 


Primus
Riverton, Wyoming

 


PSDiver Monthly
Beaumont, Texas

 


Pukaskwa National Park
Heron Bay, Ontario, Canada

 


Quest Outfitters
Sarasota, Florida

 


Railriders
The Toughest Clothes on the Planet™
Belmont, Maine

 


Richmoor
Loomis, California

 


Rite In The Rain
J. L. Darling Corp
Tacoma, Washington

 


Susan E. Roubal, D.O.
Radiologist
Marquette, Michigan

 


Scientific Working Group on
Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines
Miami, Florida

 


The Scott-Donelan Tracking School
Sierra Vista, Arizona

 


Seal Line
Seattle, Washington

 


Search & Rescue Institute
of New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

 


Search & Rescue of Michigan
Mio, Michigan

 

 



Sports Rack, Ltd.
Marquette, Michigan

 


Strategic Book Group
Durham, Connecticut

 


Technical Rescue Magazine
Hampshire, England

 


The Mountaineers
Seattle, Washington

 


Therm-A-Rest
Seattle, Washington

 


Tracks
Seattle, Washington

 


U.S. Coast Guard

 


UCO
Redmond, Washington

 


U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation

 


U.S. Rescue & SOG
Kansas City, Missouri

 


Universal Tracking Services
Eugene, Oregon

 


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

 



Waterloo Regional Police Service
North Division
Waterloo, Ontario

 


Waypoint AirMed & Rescue Magazine
Bristol, England

 


West Michigan Search & Rescue
Ottawa County, Michigan



Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal
Colorado Springs, Colorado

 


Wilderness Medicine Institute
Lander, Wyoming

 


Wilderness Medicine Magazine
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


Wilderness Medical Society
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


WLUC-TV6
Negaunee, Michigan

 


Working K9 Handler Academy
Ames, Iowa

 


Zellar's Village Inn
Newberry, Michigan

 


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In God's wilderness
lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted,
unredeemed wilderness.
 — John Muir, 1838-1914
Alaska Wilderness, 1890

If you've been able to read this Web page...
thank a Teacher;
If you've been able to read this Web page in English...
thank a Veteran.
—Author unknown

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Some people
dream of worthy accomplishments,
others
stay awake and do them.
—Anonymous

Bear-den recon 101
by Team MibSAR...

Click here or on image to view a video of MibSAR's Chris Ozminski reconing a bear den on a 5-day, Sept 24-28, 2008 SAR Operation in support of the Joe Clewley Investigation. (Video by Chris Ozminski)

More bear den recon videos: 1, 2


We take risks
not to escape Life,
   ...but to prevent
Life from escaping us.
   —Anonymous

The 1944 wreckage of a U.S. Army B-17 Flying Fortress found on a July 2008 SAR training operation in the Porcupine Mountains by Dennis Waite
and Michael Neiger.


   Nature's laws affirm
   instead of prohibiting.
   If you violate her laws
   you are your own
   prosecuting attorney,
   judge, jury, and hangman.
   —Luther Burbank, 1849-1926

 

   I follow nature
   as the surest guide,
   and resign myself,
   with implicit obedience,
   to her sacred ordinances.
   —Marcus T. Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

 

   All paths lead nowhere,
   so it is important
   to choose a path
   that has heart.
   —Carlos Castaneda

 

   Improvements make
   straight roads;
   but the crooked roads
   without improvement
   are the roads of genius.
   —William Blake

 

   We shall not
   cease from exploration
   And the end
   of all our exploring
   Will be to arrive
   where we started
   And know the place
   for the first time.
   —Thomas. S. Elliot, 1888-1965
   Four Quartets: Little Gidding, 1942

 

   The clearest way
   into the Universe is
   through a forest wilderness.
   —John Muir, 1838-1914
   John of the Mountains, 1938

 

   There is a great deal of
   unmapped country within us.
   —George Eliot, 1819-1880
   Daniel Deronda

 

   Look at this vigorous plant
   that lifts its head from
   the meadow, see how its leaves
   are turned to the north,
   as true as the magnet;
   this is the compass-flower,
   that the finger of god
   has planted here
   in the houseless wild,
   to direct the traveler's journey.
   —Henry W. Longfellow, 1807-1882
   Evangeline, 1847

 

   I shall be telling this with a sigh—
   somewhere ages and ages
   hence; two roads diverged
   in a wood, and I—I took
   the one less traveled by, and
   that has made all the difference.
   —Robert Frost, 1874-1963
   The Road Not Taken, 1916, stanza 4

 

   I think there is a fatality in it—
   I seldom go to the place
   I set out for.
   —Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768

 

As light and the day
are free to all men,
so nature has left all lands
open to brave men.
   —Caius Tacitus, Circa AD 55-117
   History

 

   Books are the compasses
   and telescopes and sextants
   and charts which other men
   have prepared to help us
   navigate the dangerous
   seas of human life.
   —Jesse Lee Bennett,  1885-1931
   Books as Guides