Hunting Quotes

Hunting quotes

 

  • “I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. …
  • “You won’t even take your bow? …
  • “The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” …
  • “The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” …
  • “Know something?

 

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”

 

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”

 

“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.”

 

“Know something? I’d lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we’ve become this city’s principle means of employment. Tal Verrar’s entire economy is now based on fucking with us.”

 

“If we act like prey, they’ll act like predators”

 

“You not only are hunted by others, you unknowingly hunt yourself.”

 

“One saw a bird dying, shot by a man. It was flying with rhythmic beat and beautifully, with such freedom and lack of fear. And the gun shattered it; it fell to the earth and all the life had gone out of it. A dog fetched it, and the man collected other dead birds. He was chattering with his friend and seemed so utterly indifferent. All that he was concerned with was bringing down so many birds, and it was over as far as he was concerned. They are killing all over the world. Those marvellous, great animals of the sea, the whales, are killed by the million, and the tiger and so many other animals are now becoming endangered species. Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.”

 

“Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians–except for the occasional mountain lion steak.”

 

“Hunting and fishing involve killing animals with devices (such as guns) for which the animals have not evolved natural defenses. No animal on earth has adequate defense against a human armed with a gun, a bow and arrow, a trap that can maim, a snare that can strangle, or a fishing lure designed for the sole purpose of fooling fish into thinking they have found something to eat”

 

“Donegan Bane and Gracious O’Callahan – the Monster Hunters. Adventurers, inventors, authors of Monster Hunting for Beginners and it’s sequels, Monster Hunting for Beginners is Probably Inadvisable and Seriously, Dude, Stop Monster Hunting.

 

“Sure, some find gunning down unsuspecting, innocent animals to be a real hoot. I mean, for Christ sake, they mantle the decapitated, formaldehyde-stuffed heads on the wall. Then, of course, there are the people who enjoy putting sunglasses or hats on it, even putting a blowout in its mouth as if it were an avid party animal. If it had any hands, there would surely be a plastic cup full of cheap beer in it, as well. We can’t forget that it would be named some horrendous name, such as Bill or Frank, something so plain, ordinary, and down-right ridiculous that makes me want to bitch-slap the perpetrators. ”

 

“Wildlife, we are constantly told, would run loose across our towns and cities were it not for the sport hunters to control their population, as birds would blanket the skies without the culling services of Ducks Unlimited and other groups. Yet here they are breeding wild animals, year after year replenishing the stock, all for the sole purpose of selling and killing them, deer and bears and elephants so many products being readied for the market. Animals such as deer, we are told, have no predators in many areas, and therefore need systematic culling. Yet when attempts are made to reintroduce natural predators such as wolves and coyotes into these very areas, sport hunters themselves are the first to resist it. Weaker animals in the wild, we hear, will only die miserable deaths by starvation and exposure without sport hunters to control their population. Yet it’s the bigger, stronger animals they’re killing and wounding–the very opposite of natural selection–often with bows and pistols that only compound and prolong the victim’s suffering.”

 

“I do not like the killers, and the killing bravely and well crap. I do not like the bully boys, the Teddy Roosevelt’s, the Hemingways, the Ruarks. They are merely slightly more sophisticated versions of the New Jersey file clerks who swarm into the Adirondacks in the fall, in red cap, beard stubble and taut hero’s grin, talking out of the side of their mouths, exuding fumes of bourbon, come to slay the ferocious white-tailed deer. It is the search for balls. A man should have one chance to bring something down. He should have his shot at something, a shining running something, and see it come a-tumbling down, all mucus and steaming blood stench and gouted excrement, the eyes going dull during the final muscle spasms. And if he is, in all parts and purposes, a man, he will file that away as a part of his process of growth and life and eventual death. And if he is perpetually, hopelessly a boy, he will lust to go do it again, with a bigger beast.”

 

“In a werewolf pack, you cannot interfere with the mate choice of a clan fellow. You cannot intentionally harm that werewolf’s chosen mate. You are not, however, required to help that person should he find himself in a life – threatening situation.

Somehow, Zeb had managed to stumble into several such situations in the few months since he ’d been engaged to Jolene. He’d had several hunting “accidents” while visiting the McClaine farm, even though he didn’t hunt. The brakes on his car had failed while he was driving home from the farm—twice. Also, a running chainsaw mysteriously fell on him from a hayloft.

He would never get that pinkie toe back.”

 

“Hi! handsome hunting man

Fire your little gun.

Bang! Now the animal

is dead and dumb and done.

Nevermore to peep again, creep again, leap again,

Eat or sleep or drink again. Oh, what fun!”

 

“Esca tossed the slender papyrus roll onto the cot, and set his own hands over Marcus’s. “I have not served the Centurion because I was his slave,” he said, dropping unconsciously into the speech of his own people. “I have served Marcus, and it was not slave-service…my stomach will be glad when we start on this hunting trail.”

 

“For us hunting wasn’t a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature, that intimacy providing us with wild unprocessed food free from pesticides and hormones and with the bonus of having been produced without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel. In addition, hunting provided us with an ever scarcer relationship in a world of cities, factory farms, and agribusiness, direct responsibility for taking the lives that sustained us. Lives that even vegans indirectly take as the growing and harvesting of organic produce kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects. We lived close to the animals we ate. We knew their habits and that knowledge deepened our thanks to them and the land that made them.”

 

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.”

 

“The more a woman appreciates the hunting prowess of her man, the more he will kill for her.”

 

“ ‘Found the sheep too easy to kill?’ I ask. ‘Where’d you get the weapon?’

 

“The way humans hunt for parking and the way animals hunt for food are not as different as you might think.”

 

Six feet of amiable Swede and, to my knowledge, the toughest, most durable White Hunter ever to snicker at the fanfare of safari or to shoot a charging buffalo between the eyes while debating whether his sundown drink will be gin or whisky.”

 

“I suppose if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived, somebody would design a new gun, and men, in their eternal impudence, would hunt mastodon as they now hunt elephant. Impudence seems to be the word. At least David and Goliath were of the same species, but, to an elephant, a man can only be a midge with a deathly sting.”

 

“Since well before the Kung’s engine noise first penetrated the forest, a conversation of sorts has been unfolding in this lonesome hollow. It is not a language like Russian or Chinese but it is a language nonetheless, and it is older than the forest. The crows speak it; the dog speaks it; the tiger speaks it, and so do the men–some more fluently than others.”

Hunting quotes about the outdoors and

 

  1. “Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” 

 

  1. “But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.”

 

  1. “Not all those who wander are lost.” 

 

  1. “I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries – the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care.”

 

 

Quotes about hunting techniques

  1. “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.” 

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  1. “Fortunately, as it pertains to guns, my dad and uncle introduced me to guns the way it needs to be done: smart, slow and safe.”

 

  1. “A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of the conservation’s greatest assets.” 

 

  1. “The hunting partnership between man and dog developed thousands of years ago and from it came a deep bond of affection. I suspect it was the dog’s idea.”

 

  1. “A gun is like a woman, son — it’s all how you hold her.”

 

  1. “When done under the rules of good sportsmanship duck hunting is a culmination of art, skill, and scientific endeavor. It is also an act of love, for who loves the birds more than the hunter?”

 

  1. “If there is a sacred moment in the ethical pursuit of game, it is the moment you release the arrow or touch off the fatal shot.” 

 

  1. “When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.” 

 

  1. “You know, if you need 100 rounds to kill a deer, maybe hunting isn’t your sport.” 

 

  1. “A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.” 

Hunting quotes about wildlife

 

  1. “Wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.” 

 

  1. “The truth is… I’m always saddened when I kill an animal. It’s not remorse I feel, I know why I’m a hunter. It’s out of respect.” 

 

  1. “In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wild life, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.” 

 

  1. “Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, – these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter mercilessness;…Life is hard and cruel for all the lower creatures, and for man also in what the sentimentalists call a “state of nature.”

 

  1. “You might as well learn that a man who catches fish or shoots game has got to make it fit to eat before he sleeps. Otherwise it’s all a waste and a sin to take it if you can’t use it.” 

 

  1. “The true trophy hunter is a self-disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind… If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever.” 

 

  1. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

 

  1. “I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.”

 

Hunting quotes about the excitement it brings

 

  1. “Don’t get much better than fall. Bring on the camo, ammo, ducks, and bucks.”

 

  1. “’The best thing about hunting and fishing,’ the Old Man said, ‘is that you don’t have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.’” 

 

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  1. “If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting.”

 

  1. “When a hunter is in a treestand with moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God.”

 

Hunting quotes on why people love the sport

 

  1. “Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow.”

 

  1. “Maybe stalking the woods is as vital to the human condition as playing music or putting words to paper. Maybe hunting has as much of a claim on our civilized selves as anything else. After all, the earliest forms of representational art reflect hunters and prey. While the arts were making us spiritually viable, hunting did the heavy lifting of not only keeping us alive, but inspiring us. To abhor hunting is to hate the place from which you came, which is akin to hating yourself in some distant, abstract way.” 

 

  1. “I’m an outdoors girl – I like to go fishing, riding four-wheelers and hunting.” 

 

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  1. “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.” 

 

  1. “If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.”

 

More hunting quotes

 

  1. “You can see the true heart of a man when you’re out in the woods with a weapon.” 

 

  1. “A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.” 

 

  1. “I never knew a man that hunted quail that didn’t come out of it a little politer by comparison.” 

 

  1. “I did not mind killing anything, any animal, if I killed it cleanly, they all had to die and my interference with the nightly and the seasonal killing that went on all the time was very minute and I had no guilty feeling at all. We ate the meat and kept the hides and horns.”

 

  1. “I don’t always tell people where I hunt, but when I do, it’s a lie.” 

 

  1. “Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians — except for the occasional mountain lion steak.” 

 

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  1. “The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.” 

 

  1. “The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.” 

 

  1. “My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my hunting gear for what I said I paid for it.” 

 

90 HUNTING QUOTES AND SAYINGS TO INSPIRE ALL HUNTERS

  • “Keep calm and go hunting.”                                                                                                             
  • “I like big bucks and I cannot lie.”
  • “If it flies, it dies. If it hops it drops.”
  • “There’s no season like deer season.”
  • “My family tree has a deer stand in it.”
  • “I’ll never apologize for being a hunter.”                                                                                  
  • “If I’ve gone missing, I’ve gone hunting.”
  • “Every day is a good day when you hunt.”                                                                                     Hunting Captions For Instagram
  • “Life is short. Call in late and go hunting.”
  • “Love has 4 letters. So does deer and hunt.”                                                                              
  • “Country girls don’t retreat, they just reload.”
  • “Hunting is about the journey not the outcome.”                                                              
  • “Father and daughter. Hunting partners for life.”                                                                  
  • “Everybody wants to eat but few are willing to hunt.”                                                            
  • “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Lions don’t dream of hunting, they just go and hunt.”                                                      
  • “Sometimes hunting is the only thing that makes sense.”
  • “Some men are merely hunting; others are turkey hunting.”
  • “Hunting is not a hobby. It’s a post apocalyptic survival skill.”
  • “Fishing solves most of my problem. Hunting solves the rest.”                                                   
  • “Opening day of hunting season should be a national holiday.”
  • “Hunting is not a “Blood Sport” it is a sport that is in my blood.”                                                
  • “Rifles, racks and deer tracks, that’s what little boys are made of.”
  • “Fishing poles and hunting gear, dreams of bass and big ole deer.”
  • “Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow.”
  • “Jingle bells, shotgun shells, time to kill a buck.”
  • “A gun is like a woman, son — it’s all how you hold her.”
  • “Imagine life without hunting. Now slap yourself and never do it again.”
  • “The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.”
  • “You let me hunt is like saying you let me breathe.” 
  • “I don’t always tell people where I hunt, but when I do, it’s a lie.”
  • “The No. 1 rule of duck hunting is to go where the ducks are.”
  • “Girls who like hunting, fishing and guns aren’t weird. They’re a gift from God.”
  • “To hunt successfully, you must know your ground, your pack and your quarry.”                                                                                                                                                        
  • “The couple that hunts together stays together… or kills each other, one of the two…”
  • “Wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.”
  • “If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.”
  • “It’s better to sit in a tree thinking about God than to sit in Church thinking about hunting.”
  • “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.”                                                                                                               
  • “My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my hunting gear for what I said I paid for it.”
  • “In hunting – as in life – sometimes the things you need most isn’t the thing you went looking for.”                                                                                                                      
  • “Don’t get much better than fall. Bring on the camo, ammo, ducks, and bucks.” – Earl Dibbles, Jr.
  • “Sunday for me always use to be father’s day, it was the day when both of us went hunting all day.”
  • “Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.”
  • “I’m an outdoors girl – I like to go fishing, riding four-wheelers and hunting.”
  • “Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.”
  • “You know, if you need 100 rounds to kill a deer, maybe hunting isn’t your sport.”
  • “You can see the true heart of a man when you’re out in the woods with a weapon.”
  • “A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.”
  • “There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.”
  • “I vow to always love hunting season… I mean I vow to always love you. Even during hunting season.”
  • “You can learn more about bow hunting a deer in a week than a gun hunter will learn in his entire life.”
  • “If God wanted us to be vegetarians, he would have made broccoli more fun to shoot.”
  • “The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.”
  • “A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of the conservation’s greatest assets.”
  • “A hunter should be well acquainted with his hunting backgrounds, one miss and he could suffer a fortune.”
  • “Hunting, fishing and archery occupied my every moment. Cared I knew not and cared naught about them.”
  • “Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians — except for the occasional mountain lion steak.”
  • “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • “I never knew a man that hunted quail that didn’t come out of it a little politer by comparison.”
  • “Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
  • “Hunting teaches you, patience, discipline, ethics, sustainability, appreciation, confidence, perseverance, hard work.”                                                                
  • “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.”
  • “If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting.”
  • “In this family, we aim for the game, we wear camo, we respect our rifles, we prey before meals, we lock and load and we never miss.”
  • “The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
  • “In race between lion and deer, many times deer wins. Because lion runs for food and deer for life. “Purpose is more important than need.”                                        
  • “If there is a sacred moment in the ethical pursuit of game, it is the moment you release the arrow or touch off the fatal shot.”
  • “If I feel free when I hunt, then when I write about hunting I genuinely reproduce that pleasant feeling. I am almost free.”
  • “The truth is… I’m always saddened when I kill an animal. It’s not remorse I feel, I know why I’m a hunter. It’s out of respect.”
  • “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”
  • “It’s about the adventure of being in the center of nature and wildlife, and being grateful to be alive and awake in God’s cathedral.”
  • “Hunting is a relic of barbarism that once thirsted for human blood, but is now content with the blood of animals.” 
  • “Fortunately, as it pertains to guns, my dad and uncle introduced me to guns the way it needs to be done: smart, slow and safe.”
  • “I am my father’s daughter. It was not up to me growing up. I was his hunting and fishing buddy, so I’ve been shooting my whole life.” 
  • “God grant me serenity. To accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know when to just go hunting.”
  • “Now, therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.”
  • “Respect your prey: Many native American tribes would forbid a hunter from celebrating his kill, it was thought to insult the animals spirit and would bring bad luck.”
  • “When a hunter is in a treestand with moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God.”
  • “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and like it, never care for anything else thereafter.”
  • “The hunting partnership between man and dog developed thousands of years ago and from it came a deep bond of affection. I suspect it was the dog’s idea.”
  • “The old man used to say that the best part of hunting and fishing was the thinking about going and the talking about it after you got back.” 
  • “When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.”
  • “”We wake up while everyone is sound asleep, walk through the mud and water carrying our gear, sit in the freezing rain for hours all for just moments of madness.” We are waterfowlers.”
  • “You might as well learn that a man who catches fish or shoots game has got to make it fit to eat before he sleeps. Otherwise it’s all a waste and a sin to take it if you can’t use it.”
  • “When done under the rules of good sportsmanship duck hunting is a culmination of art, skill, and scientific endeavor. It is also an act of love, for who loves the birds more than the hunter?”
  • “Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
  • “’The best thing about hunting and fishing,’ the Old Man said, ‘is that you don’t have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.’”
  • “But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.”
  • “A Hunter’s Prayer: We pray our sight be straight and our aim be true. We pray for no pain to the game we pursue. We thank thee Lord for this land. We thank thee for the sights in our stands. We pray for safety one and all. We pray we may return next fall.”
  • “A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.”
  • “I did not mind killing anything, any animal, if I killed it cleanly, they all had to die and my interference with the nightly and the seasonal killing that went on all the time was very minute and I had no guilty feeling at all. We ate the meat and kept the hides and horns.”
  • “Deep in the guts of most men is buried the involuntary response to the hunter’s horn, a prickle of the nape hairs, an acceleration of the pulse, an atavistic memory of his fathers, who killed first with stone, and then with club, and then with spear, and then with bow, and then with gun, and finally with formulae.”
  • I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.”
  • “I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries – the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care.”
  • “Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, – these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter mercilessness;…Life is hard and cruel for all the lower creatures, and for man also in what the sentimentalists call a “state of nature.”
  • Hunting and fishing involve killing animals with devices (such as guns) for which animals have not evolved natural defenses. No animal on Earth has adequate defense against a human armes with a gun, a bow and arrow, a trap that can maim, a snare that can strangle, or a fishing lure designed for the sole purpose of fooling fish into thinking they have found something to eat.”
  • “In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wild life, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.”
  • “The true trophy hunter is a self-disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind… If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever.”
  • “Maybe stalking the woods is as vital to the human condition as playing music or putting words to paper. Maybe hunting has as much of a claim on our civilized selves as anything else. After all, the earliest forms of representational art reflect hunters and prey. While the arts were making us spiritually viable, hunting did the heavy lifting of not only keeping us alive, but inspiring us. To abhor hunting is to hate the place from which you came, which is akin to hating yourself in some distant, abstract way.”