Quotes

I used to be an avid quote collector but gave up this hobby years ago when I realized there was nothing I could do with quotes besides fill journals with them. Quotes are also more powerful when you happen across them, and there have been several floating in my head lately. Have any to add? Drop them in the comments!

“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.” – Galileo

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.” – Aldo Leopold

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

“Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on what he is made of.” – Josh Billings

‎”Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” – Marcus Aurelius

“One can only be lonely in relation to people. And being alone in the desert is to be alone with this expanse of wildness and wilderness, of rock and sky, stone and thorn. In loneliness, I feel closed in on myself, cut off. But in the desert, alone, it is as if I were expanding to join this vastness. Instead of being cut off, I was becoming a part of it.” – Lesley Hazleton

“What is the extinction of the condor to a child who has never seen a wren?” – Robert Michael Pyle

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

“If you take away all the prairie dogs, there will be no one to cry for the rain.” – Terry Tempest Williams

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

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Posted on May 5, 2011, in Naturalist Notebook and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have a little book of quotes that I’ve collected over the years–just couldn’t leave them behind once I’d discovered them. Here are a couple:

    “Population is pollution spelled inside out.” –David Brower

    “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” –John Muir

  2. Thanks ladies, love those!

  3. Terrific collection of quotes here, a little distillation of important knowledge! I’ll add one more to the mix (though, we could go on for months!)

    “The notion that a plant is a weed is the most effective barrier for stopping us looking at it closely.”
    – Richard Mabey, ‘The Unofficial Countryside’

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