No two gardens are the same.
No two days are the same in one garden.
No two gardens are the same.
No two days are the same in one garden.
With rake and seeds and sower,
And hoe and line and reel,
When the meadows shrill with "peeping"
And the old-world wakes from sleeping,
Who wouldn't be a grower
That has any heart to feel?
~Frederick Frye Rockwell~
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It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.
(Kate Morton’s, “The Forgotten Garden”)
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We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important, all these minerals are very important. We call them precious minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the earth, that is the most precious of the...
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return.
We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike. ~Evelyn Underhill
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Let nature be in your yard.
A garden is always a series of losses
set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, t...
Coffee. Garden. Coffee.
Does a good morning need anything else?
~Betsy Cañas Garmon ~
Every radish I ever pulled up seemed to have a mortgage attached to it.
I think that if ever a mortal heard
the voice of God
it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.
:::F. Frankfort Moore:::
Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The...
Despite the gardener's best intentions,
Nature will improvise.
~Michael P. Garofalo~
Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.
(Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)
Take thy plastic spade,
It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,
They are thy colours; and by these repay
With interest every charm Nature lent thy art.
~William Mason, The English Garden, 1772~
The longer you wait for the future,
the shorter it will be.
Before the word "plastic" meant the manufactured material that we relate to today, it meant "sculptural." It also means able to be molded or capable of adapting to varying conditions, flexible, etc.
The word has been in use since at least the 1600s.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The next best time is now.
ert Chinese Proverb vsk
In order to live off a garden,
you practically have to live in it.
…Frank McKinney Hubbard…
It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional. ~Robert Brault~
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden
of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles.
In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.
~ Dodinsky ~
Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.
~ Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977 ~
Gardens should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.
~H.E. Bates’, “A Love of Flowers”~
My garden is my favorite teacher.
~ Betsy Cañas Garmon ~
Delve in! The year's before us;
Spring's promise fills the air.
Descendants of Antæus,
The brown earth's touch can free us,
Renew us and restore us,
From the hand o' carking care.
Frederick Frye Rockwell’s, "Invitation" (1913)
I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.
~Abraham Cowley's, The Garden, 1666~
One of the most delightful things about a garden is
the anticipation it provides.
~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show~
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe
and she laughs with a harvest.
~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia~
I have never had so many good ideas
day after day
as when I worked in the garden.
My father talked and contrived endlessly to the effect that I should understand the land, not as a commodity, an inert fact to be taken for granted, but as an ultimate value, enduring and alive, useful and beautiful and mysterious and formidable and comforting, beneficent and terribly demand...
Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.
~ Russell Page ~
The garden is a love song,
a duet between
a human being and Mother Nature.
~ Jeff Cox ~
It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.
You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.
~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936~
A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.
In the spring,
at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
To this day I cannot see a bright daffodil, a proud gladiola, or a smooth eggplant without thinking of Papa. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden. (Leo Buscaglia)
Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
My response to a query regarding equipment for mining landfills for recyclables:
Good Morning Andres,
With much regret I must tell you that the US has no such thing (at least as far as I know, of course). In fact, the United States will probably be one of the last countries to mine their l...
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no...
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. (Unknown)
When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
No matter where you are you can grow something to eat. Shift your thinking and you'd be surprised at the places your food can be grown! Window sill, fire escape and rooftop gardens have the same potential to provide impressive harvests as backyard gardens, greenhouses and community spaces. ~Greg...
I know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables.
They are solvable mysteries.
~Novella Carpenter’s, “Farm City”~
My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon
A rainbow of soil is under our feet;
red as a barn and black as peat.
It's yellow as lemon and white as the snow;
bluish gray. So many colors below.
Hidden in darkness as thick as the night;
The only rainbow that can form without light.
Dig you a pit, or bore you a hole,
Anybody who wants to rule the world
should try to rule a garden first.
We have neglected the truth that a good farmer
is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.
+ Wendell Berry +
Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.
Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.
~Karel Capek, The Gardener's Year
And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,
And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows...
~Rudyard Kipling’s, "The Glory of the Garden"~
Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest Number One. ~C.E. Lucas-Phillips
Plants give us oxygen
for the lungs
and for the soul.
I am writing in the garden.
To write as one should of a garden
one must not write outside it or merely somewhere near it,
but in the garden.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924)~
I sit in my garden,
gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.
And I find sufficient purpose for my day.
An acre of land between the shore and the hills...
A garden I need never go beyond,
Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one
Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun...
~Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "For These"
There is something primal, even sexy about growing asparagus in the garden that is lost to those who are only familiar with the canned variety. During the harvest each spring, it is with joyous anticipation that I visit the garden daily, simply for the satisfaction of finding those tender new sh...
Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.
~S.J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1951~
Work, through the summer golden,
And through the autumn's glow,
Till the months lay down their burden
In the full garden's guerdon,
And earth, once more enfolden,
Sleeps warm beneath the snow.
~Frederick Frye Rockwell, 1913 ~
In almost every garden, the land
is made better and so is the gardener.
We spend our lives hurrying away from the real, as though it were deadly to us. "It must be up there somewhere on the horizon," we think. And all the time it is in the soil, right beneath our feet.
~William Bryant Logan’s, “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”
Life begins the day
you start a garden.
Today I had set aside for spading. Now there is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. You turn a spade full and then carefully knock all the lumps to pieces and you go on for hours without thinking about anything. (John Steinbeck)
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often — just to save it from drying out completely.
~ Pam Brown
If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They're just not ready.
*Jack Handey’s, “Deeper Thoughts: All New, All Crispy”*
How can I stand on the ground every day and not feel its power?
How can I live my life stepping on this stuff and not wonder at it?
Science says that an acre of soil produces one horsepower every day.
But you could pour gasoline all over the ground forever
and never see it sprout maple t...
I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
*Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988*
Farming is a profession of hope.
~ Brian Brett ~
It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing.
~Eleanor Perényi’s, Green Thought...
Happy Holidays to All!
Julie McCulloch Burton
Why try to explain miracles to your kids
when you can just have them plant a garden.
~Robert Brault ~
As a gardener,
I'm among those who believe
that much of the evidence
of God's existence has been planted.
A farm is an irregular patch of nettles
bounded by short-term notes,
containing a fool and his wife
who didn't know enough to stay in the city.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
(Dorothy Frances Gurney’s, "Garden Thoughts")
The home gardener is
part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part ploughman.
~ John R. Whiting ~
Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: "Love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in th...
My rule of green thumb for mulch is to double my initial estimate of bags needed, and add three. Then I'll only be two bags short.
We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden.
Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our
evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual,
would be a return to the soil,
a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.
~ Charles Wagner ~
With fronds like you,
who needs anemones?
God loved the birds and invented trees.
Man loved the birds and invented cages.
God loved the flowers and invented soil.
Man loved the flowers and invented vases.
The moment that a child can walk,
like that in which it first can talk,
is a precious start of exploration into landscapes of creation.
Walking, walking, walking, walking, walking on the earth.
By sense of touch the feet assess
the nature of the wilderness
of earth beneath;
yet human spee...
Today I think
Only with scents,—scents dead leaves yield,
And bracken, and wild carrot's seed,
And the square mustard field...
It is enough
To smell, to crumble the dark earth...
-Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "Digging"
Julie McCulloch Burton a
I saw all the people hustling early in the morning to go into the factories and the stores and the office buildings, to do their job, to get their checks. But ultimately, it's not office buildings or jobs that give us our checks. It's the soil. The soil is what gives us the real income that ...
I doe hold it, in the Royall ordering of Gardens, there ought to be Gardens, for all the Moneths in the Yeare: In which, severally Things of Beautie, may in then in Season.
~Sir Francis Bacon~
Weed it and reap.
~ Gardening Saying ~
I envision a day when every city and town has front and back yards, community gardens and growing spaces, nurtured into life by neighbors who are no longer strangers, but friends who delight in the edible rewards offered from a garden they discovered together. Imagine small strips of land betwee...
When God blesses the harvest,
there is enough for the thief as well as the gardener.
There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.
~ Hal Borland (1900–1978)
More grows in the garden
than the gardener sows.
And for our work—though showers
And autumn frosts destroy—
Our greatest pay's not measured
In fruit and flower we've treasured,
But in the golden hours
That brought us health and joy!
~Frederick Frye Rockwell’s, “Invitation” (1913)
History, like a vast river, propels logs, vegetation, rafts, and debris; it is full of live and dead things, some destined for resurrection; it mingles many waters and holds in solution invisible substances stolen from distant soils.
~ Jacques Barzun
Often...visible outdoor areas are homogenous, cookie-cutter spaces, where neatly-trimmed grass or a few well-placed flower pots are admired and appreciated by the neighbors. But for some revolutionary gardeners, a feast for the eyes is not enough. They want something edible in return for the har...
Gardening is civil and social,
but it wants the vigor and freedom
of the forest and the outlaw.
(Henry David Thoreau)
Whatever the outcome of this second presidential debate tonight, and I think it’s going to be a shitstorm, the Grand Old Party is paying for their Grand Old Problem.
Donald Trump NEVER ONCE hid his true colors. The Republicans weren’t baffled by his bullshit; they bought into it.
Bloom where you are planted.
~ Author Unknown ~
Learn to be an observer in all seasons.
Every single day, your garden
has something new and wonderful to show you.
~ Author Unknown ~
In making out your garden plan this year you will probably find yourself handicapped by the lack of accurate knowledge about your plants of last year—how much of each thing you used, the dates of the last frost in the spring and the first killing frost in autumn, when the various insect pests ...
.Julie McCulloch Burton.
A gardener's best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.
The Walls enriched with Fruit-trees and faced with a covering of their leafy extensions; I should rather have said hung with different pieces of Nature's noblest Tapestry. - James Hervey
Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit.
I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.
Early to bed, early to rise;
Work like hell and fertilize.
Flowers grow in inches,
but are destroyed by feet.
When the soil disappears,
the soul disappears.
Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but when I told that story around the campfire, nobody got scared.
When overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think,
I go out and garden, it's cheaper than a shrink.
If you've never experienced the joy
of accomplishing more than you can imagine,
plant a garden.
Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv'st me for my bushel sowne
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
Gardening is a kind of disease.
It infects you, you cannot escape it.
When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden;
you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because
of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
~ Lewis Gannit ~
Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
Tell me, housewife blithe and fair,
How does your garden grow?
Crisp and green the lettuce there,—
Onions, row by row,—
Radishes beyond compare!
Spring and I with tender care
Watch them well, you know!
-Louise Bennett Weaver & Helen Cowles LeCron-
When you have done your best for a flower,
and it fails,
you have some reason to be aggrieved.
Life's a garden - dig it!
The ancient Hebrew association of man with soil is echoed in the Latin name for man, homo, derived from humus, the stuff of life in the soil. This powerful metaphor suggests an early realization of a profound truth that humanity has since disregarded to its own detriment. Since the words "hu...
If you are a gardener,
you can always put "Plant Manager"
on your résumé.
There's a garden where the peppers
Were all growing on the vine,
The tomatoes and the pumpkins
And the string beans, very fine.
Harmony had been so perfect
In this garden where they grew;
And the sunshine and the showers
I love being asked to identify plants
and I don't know which gives me more pleasure
to know what they are
or not to know what they are
We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about
the soil underfoot. ~Leonardo da Vinci~
The roots of all goodness
lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person, who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocer...
Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything — except itself.
~May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, 1968
Gardening is growing things.
You start in the front with parsley, and lettuce, and onions, and radishes.
Then comes the beets, and the carrots, and the peas, and the bunch beans.
The potatoes are over in a field by themselves.
Then comes the asparagus, and the celery, and last of all the ...
It was a perfect day for sowing.
Nothing undone remained;
The early seeds all safely sown.
And now, hark at the rain, windless and light,
Half a kiss, half a tear, saying good-night.
~Edward Thomas (1878–1917) "Sowing"
Gardening is the slowest
of the performing arts.
Timeliness, which is of importance in achieving success in almost any undertaking, is particularly important in garden operations.... On the other hand, the gardener who imagines that his work can be reduced to a set of rules and formulæ, followed and applied according to special days marked on...
There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder. ~Alfred Austin
The soil is the great connector of our lives,
the source and destination of all.
“The Unsettling of America”
A cloak of loose, soft material,
held to the earth's hard surface by gravity,
is all that lies between life and lifelessness. ~Wallace H. Fuller, Soils of the Desert Southwest, 1975~
by trowel and error.
The term Garden, which originally implied nothing more than a kitchen-garden or orchard, is, according to its modern acceptation, a plot or piece of ground properly laid out, cultivated, and embellished with a variety of plants, flowers, fruits, etc. Hence, gardening, or horticulture, taken ...
One of the worst mistakes you can make
as a gardener
is to think you're in charge.
~ Janet Gillespie ~
The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.
~ Author Unknown ~
When a front yard is converted to a vegetable garden, growing food goes public! Gardens that are visible from the street naturally pique the interest of the community. The result can be that the gardener reconnects with their food, and also forges new connections with their neighbors. Some resid...
Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known;
The wind has blown across it
And helped to scatter seeds;
Whoever makes a garden
Has all the help he needs.
~Author Unknown ~
Whoever makes a garden
Has oh so many friends:
The glory of the morning,
The dew when daylight ends,
And rain and wind and sunshine
And dew and fertile sod,
For he who makes a garden
Works hand in hand with God.
If I finish my day with no garden dirt under my fingernails and nothing new learned, it is a day wasted!
~ Valerie Clague ~
Laying out grounds... may be considered as a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting.... it is to assist Nature in moving the affections... the affections of those who have the deepest perception of the beauty of Nature...
letter to George Beaumont, 1805 O...
The creation of the Landscape-Garden offered to the true Muse the most magnificent of opportunities. Here was, indeed, the fairest field for the display of invention, or imagination, in the endless combining of forms of novel Beauty; the elements which should enter into combination being, at all...
A fine open-air colour was in their faces; they had that confident manner which great physical strength imparts, and that air of conscious pride which is born in lords of the soil.
~ Amelia E. Huddleston Barr,
A Rose of a Hundred Leaves: A Love Story (1891)
Did you ever see a scarecrow
Standing, ragged and forlorn,
Guarding crops that soon are coming
Through the earth, as though just born?
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham
"The Scarecrow" (1940s)
Exclusiveness in a garden
is a mistake
as great as it is in society.
~ Alfred Austin ~
The final step in becoming an urban farmer is the naming of your farm, even if your name is simply for the few pots on your front porch. Creating your name helps to build a sense of place within your neighborhood as well as pride in your accomplishments. By naming your farm you give it a life of...
An optimistic gardener is one who believes
that whatever goes down must come up.
~ Leslie Hall ~
And if Mrs. Harris and I are lucky enough to be in Heaven at the same time, I know what we can do when things get dull. We can give a garden party. I sure hope God didn't forget to plant a garden in Heaven.
~ Virginia Cary Hudson’s, “Gardening” (1962)
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.
~Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass~
Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserv...
I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
~ Phyllis Theroux ~
When one of my plants dies,
I die a little inside too.
I cultivate my garden,
and my garden cultivates me.
~ Robert Brault ~
Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay, the soil is the link between the rock core of the earth and the living things on its surface. It is the foothold for the plants we grow. Therein lies the main reason for our interest in soils.
~Roy Simonson, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1957~
Your mind is a garden,
your thoughts are the seeds.
The harvest can be
either flowers or weeds.
O ye Sun and Moon, oh ye beans and roses, oh ye jigs and juleps, Bless ye the Lord, Praise Him and Magnify Him Forever. Amen.
~ Virginia Cary Hudson’s, "Gardening"
One of the healthiest ways to gamble
is with a spade
and a package of garden seeds.
~ Dan Bennett ~
A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm — it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism....
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ( Henry David Th...
And I beseech you, forget not to informe yourselfe as dilligently as may be, in things that belong to Gardening. ~John Evelyn
Join us in remembering the men and women
who sacrificed their freedoms for our own,
who faced danger for our safety,
and fell that we might rise.
Together, we honor them.
I like to jot down thoughts and ideas as I tread life's garden, for then sometimes when I am weary I can turn a leaf and find what my mood was on a certain day and that changes a train of thought and brings back sunshine.
~Helen Rose Anne Milman Crofton,
My Kalendar of Country Delights,
I believe that virtually everyone has the ability to either grow some food at home, or to find an appropriate location to start a garden. I may sound like a kook who plants my landscape with cucumbers instead of carnations, peppers instead of petunias, and fruit trees rather than ficus, but I am...
You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. ~Henry David Thoreau
Any fool can destroy trees... God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools.
(John Muir, “The American Forests,” August 1897)
It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering ...
For in the true nature of things,
if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious
than if it were made of gold and silver.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affair as well as a tree does.
- George Bernard Shaw’s, “Maxims for Revolutionists” (1903)
No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples,
and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches,
the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.
~John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra~
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~ Khalil Gibran ~
Trees are the Earth's
to speak to the listening heaven.
(Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928)
The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
~ Nelson Henderson ~
It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature...
Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.
~ John Muir ~
If you would know
strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.
~ Hal Borland ~
Trees outstrip most people
in the extent and depth
of their work for the public good.
~ Sara Ebenreck ~
If I thought I was going to die tomorrow,
I should nevertheless plant a tree today.
~ Stephan Girard ~
Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat — glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only t...
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom ...
Only when the last tree has died
and the last river's been poisoned
and the last fish's been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money.
~ A Cree Indian Speaks ~
Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982
How strange that Nature does not knock,
and yet does not intrude!
~ Emily Dickinson ~
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~ John Muir
What humbugs we are,
who pretend to live for Beauty,
and never see the Dawn!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith ~
Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.
~ Standing Bear ~
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
“The Mountains of California”)
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
~ George Washington Carver ~
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is c...
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone,
but on trees and flowers
and clouds and stars.
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which,
if we unconsciously yield to it,
will direct us aright.
(Henry David Thoreau)
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not g...
Forget not that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
~Alice Walker’s, “The Color Purple” (1982)
I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~ Wendell Berry ~
And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release — out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it ...
i thank you god for this most amazing day
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural
which is infinite which is yes
e e cummings
The poetry of the earth
is never dead.
I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our mod...
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
Charles A. Lindbergh
Life Magazine, December, 1967
After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged
by the hand of man.
Never does nature say one thing
and wisdom another.
~Juvenal’s Satire ~
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
(George Gordon, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)
You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
~Hal Borland's Sundial of the Seasons (1964)
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. ~ Galileo Galilei
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
~ Walt Whitman ~
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as wel...
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,
I keep it staying at Home—
With a bobolink for a Chorister,
And an Orchard, for a Dome.
~ Emily Dickinson ~
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
~ Jane Austen ~
Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. ~ James Russell Lowell
Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao Tzu ~
As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.
~ Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
This is not done by jostling in the street.
~William Blake ~
To me a lush carpet of pine needles
or spongy grass
is more welcome than
the most luxurious Persian rug.
~ Helen Keller ~
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?
Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
Joy all creatures drink
At nature’s bosoms.
~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller’s
“Ode to Joy,” (1759–1805) ~
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
~ William Shakespeare ~
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~
I can enjoy society in a room;
but out of doors,
nature is company enough for me.
~ William Hazlitt (1778–1830) ~
To one who has been long in city pent,
’Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, — to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
(John Keats, Sonnet XIV)
Fieldes have eies and woods have eares. ~ John Heywood (1565)
You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness - perhaps ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things, and of the sentiment of feather’d, wooded, river, or marine Nature general...
In June as many as a dozen species
may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries;
no man can ignore all of them.
A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant,” 1820
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
~ Alan Hovhaness
Nature reserves the right to inflict
upon her children
the most terrifying jests.
~ Thornton Wilder ~
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare
Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you’ll find it there.
~ Robb Sagendorph
Our downfall as a species is that we are arrogant enough to think that we can control Mother Nature and stupid enough to think that it is our job.
~ Greg Peterson, 1997, www.urbanfarm.org
I know the thrill of the grasses when the rain pours over them.
I know the trembling of the leaves when the winds sweep through them.
I know what the white clover felt as it held a drop of dew pressed close in its beauteousness.
I know the quivering of the fragrant petals at the touch of the poll...
To forget how to dig the earth
and to tend the soil
is to forget ourselves.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
The brooks for the fishers of song;
To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
The streams and the woods belong.
~ Sam Walter Foss ~
A rhododendron bud lavender-tipped;
soon a glory of blooms to clash with the cardinals
and gladden the hummingbirds!
~ Dave Beard ~
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
~ Gerard Hopkins
My heart that was rapt away
by the wild cherry blossoms —
will it return to my body
when they scatter?
~ Kotomichi ~
The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
Solitary converse with nature; for thence are ejaculated sweet and dreadful words never uttered in libraries. Ah! the spring days, the summer dawns, and October woods!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letters and Social Aims
Nature is my medicine.
Those who dwell among the beauties
and mysteries of the earth are never
alone or weary of life.
Do you know why there are so many whitefish in the Yellowstone River?
Because the Fish and Game people have never done anything to help them.
~ Russell Chatham, Silent Seasons, 1978 ~
I’ve always regarded nature
as the clothing of God
~ Alan Hovhaness ~
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet,
Long live the weeds and the wildness yet.
~Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid~
That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. ~John Berger’s, “The Sense of Sight” (1980)
Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature.
~ Kelly Sheaffer ~
He therefore slipped off everywhere, to the right and to the left; he climbed over into every vale that hid itself behind a hill; he visited the pierced shadow-projection of every row of trees; he laid himself down at the feet of a more than commonly beautiful flower, and refreshed himself with ...
Adults are always so busy with the dull and dusty affairs of life which have nothing to do with grass, trees, and running streams.
~ The Little Grey Men by BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford), 1942
If you truly love Nature,
you will find beauty everywhere.
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~
All I want is to stand in a field
and to smell green,
to taste air,
to feel the earth want me,
Without all this concrete
~Phillip Pulfre’s "Love's Abstraction and other Speculations"
Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.
~ Alfred Billings Street
With innovation and technology,
seems we have forgotten to cherish
the true beauty the world has to offer.
(A.C. Van Cherub, 2008)
Over our manhood bend the skies;
Against our fallen and traitor lives
The great winds utter prophecies;
With our faint hearts the mountain strives,
Its arms outstretched, the druid wood
Waits with its benedicite
And to our age’s drowsy blood
Still shouts the inspiring sea.
~ James Russ...
Nature holds all the answers — go outside and ask some questions — open your heart and listen to the response! ~Amethyst Wyldfyre
Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.
~ Alan C. Kay
Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own Affairs than we.
~ Michel de Montaigne’s “Of Experience”
Nature has with a Motherly Tenderness observed this, that the Action she has enjoyned us for our Necessity should be also pleasant to us, and invites us to them, not only by Reason, but also by Appetite: and ’tis Injustice to infringe her Laws.
~Michel de Montaigne, “Of Experience”
Old gardeners never die; they just run out of thyme.
November’s days are thirty:
November’s earth is dirty,
Those thirty days, from first to last;
And the prettiest things on ground are the paths....
Few care for the mixture of earth and water,
Twig, leaf, flint, thorn,
Straw, feather, all that men scorn,
Pounded up and so...
A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
- Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991
Nature will not be admired by proxy.
Nature inspires my everything. She inspires my solitude, and my writing and my art. She lifts me upon her welcoming wings and soars me through the sky of possibilities. She colors my day, brightens my soul, and calms my nights. She is fierce and beautiful, strong and delicate - an unrelenting Qu...
If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.
The spiritual quality of earth: eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cipher of cosmic lore.
~ Frieda Harris
Say, care-worn man,
Whom Duty chains within the city walls,
Amid the toiling crowd, how grateful plays
The fresh wind o’er thy sickly brow, when free
To tread the springy turf, — to hear the trees
Communing with the gales, — to catch the voice
Of waters, gushing from ...
The great pulsation of Nature beats too in my breast, and when I carol aloud, I am answered by a thousand-fold echo. I hear a thousand nightingales. Spring hath sent them to awaken Earth from her morning slumber, and Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers are hymns, which she sings in insp...
God's handiwork is all about me,
As I sit on the porch and gaze
At the far-off peaks of the mountains
That are touched with the sun's bright rays.
~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "In the Mountains" (1940s)
But when he had thus for some hours wandered on, with drinking eye and absorbing heart, through pearl-strings of bedewed web-work, through humming vales, over singing hills, and when the violet-blue sky peacefully joined itself to the smoking heights and to the dark woods, rising li...
I am not a lover of lawns.. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn. ~ W.H. Hudson, The Book of a Naturalist, 1919
A shout-out to my new friend, Tony Leduc of Canada! Thank you for contacting me on this website and for your continued efforts in pushing your ideas for creating jobs for your community and mining your landfills for their recyclables, resellables, salvageables and compostables! GAME ON!
The dance of the palm trees, the oceans calling, the first rays of sun and heaven is here. ~ Mike Dolan
Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature,
but to no avail.
~ Terri Guillemets, 2007
I go to nature to be soothed and healed
and to have my senses put in order.
~ John Burroughs ~
A shout-out to Mr. Thomas Campbell for visiting this site and contacting me with a nice note. Many thanks!
A setting sun still whispers
a promise for tomorrow.
Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find
A meaning suited to his mind.
What a type of happy family is the family of the sun, with what order, with what harmony, with what blessed peace, do his children the planets move around him, shining with light which they drink in from their parent’s in at once upon him and on one another!
~Augustus William Hare & Julius C...
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
~Henry David Thoreau
The attraction of variety, contrast, is always invigorating.
Nature does not for long allow a sameness of beauty to prevail.
~ Virginia Garland, "The Rain," February 1908
How many stanzas in the springtime breeze?
How plenty the raindrops? As He doth please.
There is no meter and there is no rhyme,
Yet God’s poems always read in perfect time.
The natural alone is permanent. Fantastic idols may be worshipped for a while; but at length they are overturned by the continual and silent progress of Truth, as the grim statues of Copan have been pushed from their pedestals by the growth of forest-trees, whose seeds were sown by the wind in t...
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
~ George Washington Carver
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story. ~ Linda Hogan
The Spirit speaks,—or beauty from the sky
Descends into my being,—when I hear
The storm-hymns of the mighty ocean roll,
Or thunder sound,—the champion of the storm!—
Then I feel envy for immortal words,
The rush of living thought; oh! then I long
To dash ...
Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
~ Orison Swett Marden
Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
Nature is sanative, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses, and violets, and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love. ~ Ralph Waldo E...
the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful ~ e e cummings
I walked barefoot — the only way to walk on a muddy road.
(Laurie Gough, “Light on a Moonless Night”)
A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun.
~ Llewelyn Powys, The Pathetic Fallacy
Thro’ this Air, this Ocean, and this Earth,
All Nature quick, and bursting into birth.
Above, how high progressive life may go?
Around how wide? how deep extend below?
Vast Chain of Being! which from God began,
Ethereal Essence, Spirit, Substance, Man,
Beast, Bird, Fish, Inse...
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~ Eleonora Duse
It is surprising, in the midst of our Museums and Scientific Schools, how little we yet know of the common things around us. It is no wonder that there is so little substantial enjoyment of Nature in the community, when we feed children on grammars and dictionaries only, and take no pains to tra...
Rain is my favorite color
Autumn's breath is too
Sunshine on the water
A sunset breeze's hue
The taste of freedom excites me
And the smell of love brand new
I touch your soul and feel its silk
Hear the silence a...
Nature, in her blind search for life, has filled every possible cranny of the earth with some sort of fantastic creature.
~ Joseph Wood Krutch
Nature's beautiful dancers ~ flowers, water, leavesDancing to the music of God's sweet breeze.
God is an artist of Nature;
He paints in colors, so rare,
The bursting bud in the Springtime,
The lovely trees everywhere:
Autumn leaves so very gorgeous,
In colors of every hue,
The fleecy clouds, so pure and white,
And in the development of these mountains, Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries, the offspring of the sun and sea. Laboring harmonio...
Each sunshine-moment twinkles by
A white-winged, wandering butterfly,
Through sky half golden and half blue,
With white-rose cloudlets rippling through.
A world of flowers is at our feet;
The soft wind's gladsome, warm, and sweet...
~W.T., "Honeymoon Cottage"
May your search through Nature lead you to yourself.
I’m terribly sorry, but nature is not always family friendly.
~ Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game)
written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata
Nature, as we know her, is no saint. She comes eating and drinking and sinning.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience”
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
~ Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620
Cherry summer cloud happy heart blossoms overgrowing my sunlit soul bursting into nature's freedom! ~ (Terri Guillemets)
All the ugliness of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature!
~ Mehmet Muratildan
The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
The birds that wake the morning, and those that love the shade;
The winds that sweep the mountain or lull the drowsy glade;
The Sun that from his amber bower rejoiceth on his way,
The Moon and Stars, their Master's name in silent pomp display.
~ Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
There is not a creature unacquainted with gratification, in some shape or another. All derive it from the circumstances amid which they exist, which fact quietly suggests to us that the purest and most lasting pleasures are to be found at our very feet, that they are not necessarily the fruit of...
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price. ~ Napoleon Hill
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers,
Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers...
~ Robert Herrick ~
In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me. ~ John Fowles
Sunshine has no budget,
the sea no red tape.
~ Terri Guillemets ~
He ran, he stopped. He dipped his glowing face into the cloud of blossoming bushes, and would fain lose himself in the humming world between the leaves; he pressed the scratched face into the deep, cooling grass, and hung delirious on the breast of the immortal mother of Spring.
~ Jean Pau...
I’ve made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.
~ Bertrand Russell
And after half a mile’s ride through a beautiful grove, they emerged into a little clearing, which seemed to Bessie’s astonished eyes like a patch of beauty dropped from heaven. In the centre stood a small log house, so overrun with clinging vines that it seemed at first but a green and flow...
Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man.
(George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896)
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
(Henry David Thoreau’s Journal, 1856 January 5th)
I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.
~ W.H. Hudson, The Book of a Naturalist, 1919
Mother Nature is the ultimate truth of the show must go on.
The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven. ~ William Channing
Once you have heard the lark, known the swish of feet through hill-top grass and smelt the earth made ready for the seed, you are never again going to be fully happy about the cities and towns that man carries like a crippling weight upon his back. ~ Gwyn Thomas
If one way be better than another,
that you may be sure is Nature’s way.
A wee child toddling in a wonder world.... I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I ...
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
(William Wordsworth, “The Tables Turned,” 1798)
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. ~ St. Bernard
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
~William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. - John Burroughs
Nature is the art of God. ~ Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635
The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body;
the sound of running water is his great speech.
The moon quotes the sun,
the rivers quote the trees,
and trees quote the breeze.
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~
Nature never goes out of style.
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
- Thomas Jefferson -
Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated.
But if it’s like that, then I want out.
The trees do not license themselves to the countryside. The bees don't invoice the flowers. There is no committee of oceans, and I've never seen a bird take out nest owner's insurance. ~ Terri Guillemets
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. - Jo...
Thank God men cannot fly,
and lay waste the sky as well as the Earth.
(Henry David Thoreau)
There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. - Robert Orben
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior.
(Darryl Cherney, Smithsonian, April 1990)
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
and then names the streets after them.
(Bill Vaughn, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987)
For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death. - Tom McMillan, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir, 1913, The Unpublished Journals of John Muir
A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence.
Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.
- Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. - John Muir
Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away. Stephanie Mills, In Praise of Nature, 1990
Humanity is on the march,
Earth itself is left behind.
(David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978)
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
(George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage)
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees,
books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.
Pat Brown, quoted in David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising, 1985
I'm not an environmentalist.
I'm an Earth warrior.
(Darryl Cherney, Smithsonian, April 1990)
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.
Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.
Otherwise what is there to defend?
*Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985*
After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world. (Pam Shaw)
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb
In America today you can murder land for private profit.
You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
- Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971
Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
~Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"
They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.
(James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982)
(Alan M. Eddison)
Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realize
that we cannot eat money.
You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
(Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964)
Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. - Quoted in Time
Because we don't think about future generations,
they will never forget us.
Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
(William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990)
Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible
- or even sinful -
that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!
(Paul MacCready, Jr.)
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. - Brooke Medicine Eagle
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. - Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973
The use of solar energy has not been opened up
because the oil industry does not own the sun.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
The Earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. - Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958