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The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.

--Unknown Author

I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me.

--William Hazlitt

A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.

--Edward Abbey

Longer Version:

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.

Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.

--Rachel Carson

Our downfall as a species is that we are arrogant enough to think that we can control Mother Nature and stupid enough to think it is our job.

--Greg Peterson

Mother Nature presents neither a wrinkled face nor tottering form, but constantly renews the bloom of her youth, while time fills up the volumes of her history.

--James Lendall Basford

As a scientist, I believe that nature is a perfect structure, seen from the standpoint of reason and logical analysis.

--Albert Einstein

Sometimes Mother Nature has the answers when you do not even know the questions.

--Keith Wynn

To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.

--Paula Stokes

He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.

--Henry David Thoreau

If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

--Alan Watts

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

--Charles Darwin

I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.

--Anne Frank

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.

--Gautama Buddha

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.

--Henri Poincare

The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.

--Natalie Angier

To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

--Jane Austen

Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.

--Amit Ray

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.

--John Burroughs

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

The first wildflower of the year is like land after sea.

--Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.

--Rachel Carson

Longer Version:

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature.

--Henry David Thoreau

Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The day has eyes; the night has ears.

--David Fergusson

Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another.

--Edmund Burke

Although we say mountains belong to the country, actually, they belong to those that love them.


Earth has no sorrow that earth cannot heal.

--John Muir

Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

--Edward Abbey

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.

--Gretel Ehrlich

Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshiping.

--Hubert Reeves

I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.

--John Burroughs

There is an element of truth in everything. Nature teaches, although it can sometimes be misleading.

--Bruce Lee

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

--Mahatma Gandhi

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

--John Muir

It's the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It's seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can't watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor's tepee.

--Daniel Quinn

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.

--Mary Oliver

On every stem, on every leaf… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.

--Maya Angelou

A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.

--Edward Abbey

I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice.

--Alice Walker

I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so heroic.

--George Carlin

Architects cannot teach nature anything.

--Mark Twain

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

--Mark Twain

There's a whole world out there, right outside your window. You'd be a fool to miss it.

--Charlotte Eriksson

Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy.

--Charlotte Eriksson

Go outside. Don't tell anyone and don't bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.

--Charlotte Eriksson

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.

--Henry David Thoreau

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

--Albert Einstein

At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned.

--Cormac McCarthy

It is said that the forest has a certain limit if you look straight ahead, but the sides are boundless.

--Riccardo Bozzi

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.

--John Muir

Wildness is the preservation of the world.

--Henry David Thoreau

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.

--James Russell Lowell

Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets.

--Albert Einstein

The earth has its music for those who will listen.

--George Santayana

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.

--Zeno of Elea

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.

--Unknown Author

Not all classrooms have four walls.

--Unknown Author

It is in the still silence of nature where one will find true bliss.

--Unknown Author

All good things are wild and free.

--Henry David Thoreau

I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.

--Unknown Author

The earth is what we all have in common.

--Wendell Berry

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

--Gary Snyder

Nature, to be controlled, must be obeyed.

--Sir Francis Bacon

Nature does nothing uselessly.


This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.

--Henry David Thoreau

The sun shines not on us but in us.

--John Muir

Longer Version:

The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

--John Muir

Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.

--John Muir

Most people are on the world, not in it.

--John Muir

Longer Version:

Most people are on the world, not in it-- having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them-- undiffused seporate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but seporate.

I never saw a discontented tree.

--John Muir

Longer Version:

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.

Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is loved by what is best in us.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

All things in nature occur mathematically.

--René Descartes

Nature is not an engineer or a contractor, and I myself am a part of Nature.

--Albert Einstein

Look into nature, and then you will understand it better.

--Albert Einstein

I think nature's imagination is so much greater than man's, she's never going to let us relax.

--Richard P. Feynman

Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.

--Henry David Thoreau

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.

--Terence McKenna

Longer Version:

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature

is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. Shamanism has always known this,

and shamanism has always, in its most authentic expressions, taught that the

path required allies. These allies are the hallucinogenic plants and the

mysterious teaching entities, luminous and transcendental, that reside in that

nearby dimension of ecstatic beauty and understanding that we have denied until

it is now nearly too late.

Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful.

--Edward Abbey

Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.

There I feel that nothing can befall me.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery -- air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy.

--Sylvia Plath
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