» All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
» In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
» Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
» Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
» Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
» 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.
» I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
» Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
» And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
» I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
» There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
» Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
» It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
» Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
» Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
» Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.
» In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
» Nature does nothing uselessly.
» If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
» I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
» A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
» In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
» Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.
» In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
» I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
» It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
» Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
» One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
» Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.
» Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
» I don't mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it's got my name on it.
» Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
» There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
» Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
» For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
» The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
» I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
» How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
» The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
» We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
» Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
» I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
» It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
» 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.
» Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
» For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather, every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.
» To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
» I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
» I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
» Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
» A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
» You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
» Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
» What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
» I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
» Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy.
» My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
» Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
» To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
» There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
» Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
» Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
» Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
» 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.
» The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
» If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
» Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
» The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
» Use what talent you possess - the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
» The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
» The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.
» Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
» Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
» People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
» I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
» Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
» When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
» To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
» The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
» Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
» Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
» Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you somebody who has never achieved much.
» One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
» Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
» I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
» Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
» 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, they seem to move through me.
» The poetry of the earth is never dead.
» Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
» Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
» There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.
» Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
» How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
» 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.
» God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.
» A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
» In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
» The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
» Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
» Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
» Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
» I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
» Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
» A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
» Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
» Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
» Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
» I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
» A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
» Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
» Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
» Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live.
» There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
» For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
» The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.
» Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
» For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.
» It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
» Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
» The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
» Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
» Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
» Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
» Earth laughs in flowers.
» Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
» Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
» Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
» When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
» There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
» Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
» Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
» 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.
» I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
» There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
» Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
» Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
» Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
» Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
» Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
» Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
» A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
» Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
» Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
» Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
» He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
» Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out.
» The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
» All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
» By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
» All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
» When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
» Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
» A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
» Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
» I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
» To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
» I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
» I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
» The groves were God's first temples.
» Weep not that the world changes - did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were a cause indeed to weep.
» The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
» We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
» One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
» And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
» Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
» Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
» Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
» I am two with nature.
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