Friday, May 13, 2005

Nature Quotes

  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 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  ~William Shakespeare 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...  ~Walt Whitman, Specimen Days, "Birds - And a Caution"  (Thank you, Corinne.) 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 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.  ~Aldo Leopold Nature hates calculators.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein 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 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 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. ~Isaac Watts What I like about camping is you can get really dirty.  Either you're all by yourself, so no one else sees you, or everyone you're with is just as dirty as you are, so nobody cares.  ~Anonymous former Boy Scout, quoted in Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel Really, REALLY Good... Without Alcohol or Other Drugs by Alex J. Packer Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  ~Rachel Carson I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that.... I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature.  ~Abraham Cowley 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 Climb up on some hill at sunrise.  Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you'll find it there.  ~Robb Sagendorph 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, The Sense of Sight, 1980 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 There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon.  ~Alice Meynell 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 permit nature to have her way.  She understands her business better than we do.  ~Michel de Montaigne A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.  ~Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991 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 I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.  ~John Burroughs Any man that walks the mead In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find A meaning suited to his mind. ~Alfred Tennyson 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 Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.  ~George Washington Carver Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. ~Rupert Brooke How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.  ~e.e. cummings 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.  ~John Muir Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.  ~Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620 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 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

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