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quote by Wendell Berry: Some of the best things I have ever thought of I have thought of during bad sermons. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Some of the best things I have ever thought of I have thought of during bad sermons.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: My label is just good farming, which isn't something you can put on a t-shirt. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

My label is just good farming, which isn't something you can put on a t-shirt.

--Wendell Berry




quote by Wendell Berry: When the self is ones exclusive subject and limit, reference and measure, one has no choice but to make a world of words. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

When the self is ones exclusive subject and limit, reference and measure, one has no choice but to make a world of words.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Specialization is the great evil of civilization. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Specialization is the great evil of civilization.

--Wendell Berry



quote by Wendell Berry: The good of the whole of Creation, the world and all its creatures together, is never a consideration because it is never thought of; our culture now simply lacks the means for thinking of it. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The good of the whole of Creation, the world and all its creatures together, is never a consideration because it is never thought of; our culture now simply lacks the means for thinking of it.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I believe in thrift as I believe in freedom, but I don't support the plutocratic hostility to taxation, regulation, and protections of land, water, and air. with background image: solid background
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I believe in thrift as I believe in freedom, but I don't support the plutocratic hostility to taxation, regulation, and protections of land, water, and air.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: The connections between people and land are dangerously oversimplified and mainly technological. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The connections between people and land are dangerously oversimplified and mainly technological.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: And his words fell upon the table like a blessing. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

And his words fell upon the table like a blessing.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Young lovers see a vision of the world redeemed by love. That is the truest thing they ever see, for without it life is death. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Young lovers see a vision of the world redeemed by love. That is the truest thing they ever see, for without it life is death.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I'm a writer more than I am a talker. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I'm a writer more than I am a talker.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: All we can do to prepare rightly for tomorrow is to do the right thing today. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

All we can do to prepare rightly for tomorrow is to do the right thing today.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: Individualism is going around these days in uniform, handing out the party line on individualism. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Individualism is going around these days in uniform, handing out the party line on individualism.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: We have forgotten that Vietnam, and Iraq resent being invaded and know the ground better than we do. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We have forgotten that Vietnam, and Iraq resent being invaded and know the ground better than we do.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: We can grow good wheat and make good bread only if we understand that we do not live by bread alone. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We can grow good wheat and make good bread only if we understand that we do not live by bread alone.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.

 To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,

 and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,

 and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,

and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,

and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: When there are enough people on the land to use it but not enough to husband it, then the wildness of the soil that we call fertility begins to diminish, and the soil itself begins to flee from us in… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

When there are enough people on the land to use it but not enough to husband it, then the wildness of the soil that we call fertility begins to diminish, and the soil itself begins to flee from us in water and wind.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: We walked always in beauty, it seemed to me. We walked and looked about, or stood and looked. Sometimes, less often, we would sit down. We did not often speak. The place spoke for us and was a kind o… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We walked always in beauty, it seemed to me. We walked and looked about, or stood and looked. Sometimes, less often, we would sit down. We did not often speak. The place spoke for us and was a kind of speech. We spoke to each other in the things we saw.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: Our most serious problem, perhaps, is that we have become a nation of fantasists. We believe, apparently, in the infinite availability of finite resources. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Our most serious problem, perhaps, is that we have become a nation of fantasists. We believe, apparently, in the infinite availability of finite resources.

--Wendell Berry



quote by Wendell Berry: You see, we don't have enough sense to make these decisions. Somehow, you just get led to where you're supposed to be, if you're willing to submit. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

You see, we don't have enough sense to make these decisions. Somehow, you just get led to where you're supposed to be, if you're willing to submit.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: There are some things the arrogant mind does not see; it is blinded by its vision of what it desires. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

There are some things the arrogant mind does not see; it is blinded by its vision of what it desires.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: American agriculture is badly in need of diversity. Another threat to the food system of course is the likelihood that petroleum is not going to get any cheaper. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

American agriculture is badly in need of diversity. Another threat to the food system of course is the likelihood that petroleum is not going to get any cheaper.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: We're all complicit in the things we may be trying to oppose. I'm complicit in the things that I'm trying to oppose. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We're all complicit in the things we may be trying to oppose. I'm complicit in the things that I'm trying to oppose.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: We do need a 'new economy,' but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving and conserving, not on excess and waste. An economy based on waste is inherently and hopelessly violent, and war is i… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We do need a 'new economy,' but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving and conserving, not on excess and waste. An economy based on waste is inherently and hopelessly violent, and war is its inevitable by-product. We need a peaceable economy.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: It's mighty hard right now to think of anything that's precious that isn't endangered. There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the worl… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

It's mighty hard right now to think of anything that's precious that isn't endangered. There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: We will instead have to measure our economy by the health of the ecosystems and human communities where we do our work. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We will instead have to measure our economy by the health of the ecosystems and human communities where we do our work.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Industrial agriculture characteristically proceeds by single solutions to single problems: If you want the most money from your land this year, grow the crops for which the market price is highest. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Industrial agriculture characteristically proceeds by single solutions to single problems: If you want the most money from your land this year, grow the crops for which the market price is highest.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: It is the man who can think of no alternative to his enslavement who is truly a slave. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

It is the man who can think of no alternative to his enslavement who is truly a slave.

--Wendell Berry



quote by Wendell Berry: We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizi… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Do not tax your life with forethought of grief. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Do not tax your life with forethought of grief.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Don't pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Don't pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: The promoters of the global economy...see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The promoters of the global economy...see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquie… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Violence breeds violence. Acts of violence committed in justice or in affirmation of rights or in defense of peace do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Violence breeds violence. Acts of violence committed in justice or in affirmation of rights or in defense of peace do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: It's impossible to contemplate the life of soil very long without seeing its analogy to the life of the spirit. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

It's impossible to contemplate the life of soil very long without seeing its analogy to the life of the spirit.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: You mustn't wish for another life. You mustn't want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. I am not all the way capable of s… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

You mustn't wish for another life. You mustn't want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it nurse and see to it and all. After a while you know that the best thing you can do is walk out of … with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it nurse and see to it and all. After a while you know that the best thing you can do is walk out of the barn.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Ask the world to reveal its quietude- not the silence of machines when they are still, but the true quiet by which birdsongs, trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms become what they are, and are no… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Ask the world to reveal its quietude- not the silence of machines when they are still, but the true quiet by which birdsongs, trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms become what they are, and are nothing else.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I lack the peace of simple things. I am never wholly in place. I find no peace or grace. We sell the world to buy fire, our way lighted by burning men. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I lack the peace of simple things. I am never wholly in place. I find no peace or grace. We sell the world to buy fire, our way lighted by burning men.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Battle with unconditioned breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensional life; stay away from screens. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Battle with unconditioned breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensional life; stay away from screens.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: A change of heart or of values without a practice is only another pointless luxury of a passively consumptive way of life. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

A change of heart or of values without a practice is only another pointless luxury of a passively consumptive way of life.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and abstract, lacking even the courage of a personal hatred. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and abstract, lacking even the courage of a personal hatred.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: When the possessions and households of citizens are no longer honored by the acts, as well as the principles, of their government, then the concentration camp ceases to be one of the possibilities of… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

When the possessions and households of citizens are no longer honored by the acts, as well as the principles, of their government, then the concentration camp ceases to be one of the possibilities of human nature and becomes one of its likelihoods.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: For want of a Pilate of their own, some Christians would accept a Constantine or whomever might be the current incarnation of Caesar. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

For want of a Pilate of their own, some Christians would accept a Constantine or whomever might be the current incarnation of Caesar.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: There is no sense and no sanity in objecting to the desecration of the flag while tolerating and justifying and encouraging as a daily business the desecration of the country for which it stands. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

There is no sense and no sanity in objecting to the desecration of the flag while tolerating and justifying and encouraging as a daily business the desecration of the country for which it stands.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I am not an optimist; I am afraid that I won't live long enough to escape my bondage to the machines. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I am not an optimist; I am afraid that I won't live long enough to escape my bondage to the machines.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: The securest guarantee of the long-term good health of both farmland and city is, I believe, locally produced food. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The securest guarantee of the long-term good health of both farmland and city is, I believe, locally produced food.

--Wendell Berry


quote by Wendell Berry: When the mind's an empty room 

 The clear days come. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

When the mind's an empty room

The clear days come.

--Wendell Berry

Longer Version:

In order to survive, a plurality of true communities would require not egalitarianism and tolerance but knowledge, an understanding of the necessity of local differences, and respect. Respect, I think, always implies imagination -- the ability to see one another, across our inevitable differences, as living souls. (pg. 181, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community).



quote by Wendell Berry: The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student's grandchild. A teacher, finally, has nothing to go on but faith, a student nothing to offer in return but testim… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student's grandchild. A teacher, finally, has nothing to go on but faith, a student nothing to offer in return but testimony.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: We live the given life, and not the planned. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

We live the given life, and not the planned.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: An agrarian mind begins with the love of fields and ramifies in good farming, good cooking and good eating. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

An agrarian mind begins with the love of fields and ramifies in good farming, good cooking and good eating.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: To work without pleasure or affection, to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

To work without pleasure or affection, to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: It is, of course, one of the miracles of science that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

It is, of course, one of the miracles of science that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: Having hope is hard; harder when you get older. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Having hope is hard; harder when you get older.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: The mercy of the world is time. Time does not stop for love, but it does not stop for death and grief, either. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

The mercy of the world is time. Time does not stop for love, but it does not stop for death and grief, either.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: And if we ask what are the cultural resources that can inform and sustain a proper creaturely and stewardly awareness of the lives in a farmer's keeping, I believe that we will find them gathered und… with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

And if we ask what are the cultural resources that can inform and sustain a proper creaturely and stewardly awareness of the lives in a farmer's keeping, I believe that we will find them gathered under the heading of husbandry.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: Unexpected wonders happen, not on schedule, or when you expect or want them to happen, but if you keep hanging around, they do happen. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Unexpected wonders happen, not on schedule, or when you expect or want them to happen, but if you keep hanging around, they do happen.

--Wendell Berry

quote by Wendell Berry: I don't believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I don't believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.

--Wendell Berry



quote by Wendell Berry: Any religion has to have a practice. When you let it go so far from practice that it just becomes a matter of talk something bad happens. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

Any religion has to have a practice. When you let it go so far from practice that it just becomes a matter of talk something bad happens.

--Wendell Berry
quote by Wendell Berry: I like the way that the history of the tree shapes the tree. There's no distinction between the tree and its history. You can lose yourself in that thought. with background image: photo of author Wendell Berry with quote

I like the way that the history of the tree shapes the tree. There's no distinction between the tree and its history. You can lose yourself in that thought.

--Wendell Berry

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