I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.
Only when the last tree has been cut down,
Only when the last river has been poisoned,
Only when the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
-Cree Indian Prophecy
Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
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.
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
-Vincent Van Gogh
I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.
–John James Audubon
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair.
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.
All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty on a mountain.
I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat.