BE INSPIRED

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in a weird way, and they’re still beautiful.”–Alice Walker

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“The good man is a friend of all living things.”–Mahatma Gandhi

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“Sunset is still my favorite color and rainbow is second.”–Mattie Stepanek

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“The world of nature is faithful and never disappoints.”–Edward Abbey

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“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.”–H.D.Thoreau

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“We simply need wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look for it. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, as part of the geography of hope.”–Wallace Stegner

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“Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body, and soul.”–A.D.Williams

JIMMY CARTER
JIMMY CARTER

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”–John Muir

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“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”–John Muir

Rannulph Fiennes
RANNULPH FIENNES

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”–Rachel Carson

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“It’s Spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”–M. Twain

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“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”–L.Grizzard

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“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”–D. Larson

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“There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated. … To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me.”–Edward Abbey

RACHEL CARSON
RACHEL CARSON

“The forest makes your heart gentle.”–Pha Pachak

JOHN MUIR
JOHN MUIR

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”–Henry David Thoreau

EDWARD ABBEY
EDWARD ABBEY

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”–Aristotle

HAL BORLAND
HAL BORLAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGE WHERRY
GEORGE WHERRY

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountain is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.”–John Muir

ALDO LEOPOLD
ALDO LEOPOLD
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”–Aldo Leopold

JOHN BURROUGHS
JOHN BURROUGHS

 

JACK KERAUAC
JACK KEROUAC

“It’s not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.”–Sir Edmund Hillary

JOHN MUIR
JOHN MUIR

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.”–E.O.Wilson

EDWARD ABBEY
EDWARD ABBEY
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

“A naturalist is someone who comes to understand the biological life and ecological relationships of a particular place with some depth and seeks to use this understanding to forge an appropriate relationship with earthly life.”–Lyandra Lynn Haupt

DAVE BROWER
DAVE BROWER

“Nature is a big part of my weekend. Whenever possible, I take Friday and Monday off and spend four days outdoors. We should remind ourselves that there was something here before us, a force more powerful than us.”–Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa

ALDO LEOPOLD
ALDO LEOPOLD
JOHN LUBBOCK
JOHN LUBBOCK

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

LONELY, LONESOME, LONEY-O!

When I hear somebody complain of being lonely, 

or in American, lonesome

I really wonder and wonder what they mean. 

 

Do they mean they are a great deal alone?

 

But what is lovelier than to be alone?

escaping the petrol fumes of human conversation

and the exhaust-smell of people

and be alone!

 

Be alone, and feel the trees silently growing.

Be alone, and see the moonlight outside, white and busy and silent.

Be quite alone, and feel the living cosmos softly rocking

soothing and restoring and healing.

Soothed, restored and healed

when I am alone with the silent great cosmos

and there is no grating of people with their presences gnawing

at the stillness of the air.

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