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If one way be better
another, that you may
be sure is nature's way.
When despair for the world
grows in me and I wake in the night
at the least sound in fear of what
my life and my children's lives
may be, I go and lie down where the
wood drake rests in its beauty
on the water, and the great heron
feeds. I come into the peace
of wild things who do not tax their
lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of
still water. And I feel above me
day-blind stars waiting for
their light. For a time I rest
in the grace of the world, and am
There is a certain consideration, and a
general duty of humanity,
that binds us not only to the
animals, which have life and feeling,
but even to the
trees and plants. We owe justice to people,
and kindness and
benevolence to all other creatures
who may be susceptible
of it. There is some intercourse
between them and us, and
some mutual obligation.
Michel de Montaigne
We all look at nature
and live with her too little.
fail in following nature.
To cultivate a garden is.
. . to go hand in hand
in some of her most beautiful processes,
of her choicest secrets, and to
have a more intelligent
awakened in the
beautiful order of her works elsewhere.
. . .this prayer I make,
Knowing that Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her; 't is her privilege,
Through all the years of this our life, to lead
From joy to joy: for she can so inform
The mind that is within us, so impress
With quietness and beauty, and so feed
With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues,
Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men,
Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
The dreary intercourse of daily life,
Shall e'er prevail against us, or disturb
Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold
Is full of blessings.
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One touch of nature makes the
whole world kin.
important aspect of
nourishing the soul.
After a hike
mountains where we
feel a remarkable sense
My mind quiets down
and allows me to see
of creation. And through
beauty of the
is reflected back
will find more in woods than in books. Trees and stones
teach you that which
you can never learn from the
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trees equal umbrellas.
I like trees because
they seem more
resigned to the way they have to live
other things do.
is the gift of nature;
the gift of wisdom.
the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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more I see of life the more I perceive that only
solitary communion with nature can one gain
an idea of
its richness and meaning.
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The love of nature is the only
that does not deceive human hopes.
Honore de Balzac
embedded in nature and
they who can extract it, have it.
The unhappiness of
people is due
to their ignorance of nature.
Baron Paul D'Holbach
to be commanded, must be obeyed.
A soul who is not close to nature is
from what is called
spirituality. In order to be
one must communicate, and
especially one must
communicate with nature; one must feel nature.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
I remembered one morning when I
discovered a cocoon in the bark
of a tree, just as the
butterfly was making a hole in its case
and preparing to
come out. I waited a while, but it was too long appearing
and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to
warm it. I warmed it
as quickly as I could and the
miracle began to happen before my eyes,
faster than life. The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling
and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its
were folded back and crumpled; the wretched
with its whole trembling body to unfold
them. Bending over it,
to help it with my breath. In vain. It needed to be hatched out patiently
unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the
Now it was too late. My breath had forced the
butterfly to appear,
all crumpled, before its time. It
struggled desperately and,
a few seconds later, died in
the palm of my hand.
That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight
on my conscience. For I realize today that it is a
to violate the great laws of nature. We should
we should not be impatient, but we should
obey the eternal rhythm.
from Zorba the Greek
The clearest way into
the universe is through a forest wilderness.
were to name the three most precious resources of life,
I should say
books, friends, and nature;
and the greatest
of these, at least the
and always at hand, is nature.
in the Fields with God
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The little cares
which fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fear of what might happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay,
Among the husking of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod
Where ill thoughts die and good are born--
Out in the fields with God.
always make people better, happier and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
I don't ask for the
meaning of the song of a bird
or the rising of
the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
Let us a little permit nature to take her own way;
she better understands her own affairs than we.
Michel de Montaigne
There is nothing like walking to
get the feel of a country.
A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it
must be taken
at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.
Paul Scott Mowrer
tugs at a single thing in nature,
one finds it attached to the rest of the
The grass is spring green, tall, and
full of newborn life, waving
in the breeze. I can smell its fragrance, and this purely physical
sensation helps me let go of other thoughts and centers me here.
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Wilferd A. Peterson
In diversity, complexity, surprise, wrath,
serenity, destructiveness, magnificence, Nature's wild adventurous
spirit is unexcelled.
From dainty rose to giant cactus, from ant to
elephant, from fish to human, Nature is infinite in her scope.
Nature is sculptor, inventor, engineer, artist,
architect, musician, friend and foe.
As sculptor Nature works on cliffs and canyon
walls carving figures and towers, turrets and castles. Rock
erosion is her chisel; rushing, pounding waters are her hammers.
As inventor Nature designs creatures that
crawl, climb, leap, fly, jump, run, swim. They come in endless
shapes, sizes, coloring, with fins, fangs, feathers, claws, shells,
As engineer Nature creates a limitless universe
with watch-like precision. She controls hundreds of billions of
stars and their spinning planets. Time and tide, night and day,
the flow of magnetic currents, light and air are under her command.
As artist Nature splashes color across the vast
canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendor of sunrise and
sunset. She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates
flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of
turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals.
As architect Nature builds pillars of clouds,
rugged mountain ranges, deep canyons, quiet valleys and towering
As musician Nature is maestro to ten thousand
bird songs, chirping crickets, howl and roar of wild beasts, buzz of
insects, trumpeting of elephants, organ music of the surf--the great
symphony of forest and jungle.
As friend, Nature works as a creative partner
with us, providing the gifts of soil, seed, sun, rain, minerals,
chemicals--the forces, elements and ingredients for the preservation,
perpetuation and evolution of life.
As foe, Nature sends floods, tornadoes,
hurricanes, blizzards, sandstorms, earthquakes, relentless, devastating
forces, to challenge and test our will to conquer and survive.
Nature creates people's homes on earth.
It is a home of contrasts; of good and evil, beauty and ugliness,
tranquility and terror. The whole natural world is the background
against which people play their heroic part in the eternal adventure of
I honor the wisdom of life.
I learn from life in all its forms.
The tree teaches me. The sparrow and the wren sing my song.
I am open to the lessons Life brings me from the earth.
I learn from the wind, from the sun, from the small flowers,
and from the stars. I walk without arrogance. I learn from all
I encounter. I open my mind and heart to the guidance and love
that come to me from the natural world.
When I'm out in
nature, I feel a stronger sense of gratitude
and awe, and I see more clearly just how beautiful this
world is. I need that feeling every once in a while if I'm to
keep a clear perspective in my daily life on just what is truly
important and just what isn't. We nourish our souls when
we get in touch with nature, and our souls are the part
of ourselves that we so often neglect.
I find nature so
nourishing. I love to hike, especially in the
When I'm walking in nature, I feel in
awe of the wonder of creation.
Nature is full of
surprises, always changing, and we must change with it.
In nature, the soul is renewed and called to open
In the wilderness, you're up against
whatever nature brings you--
the dangers as well as the
pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar;
I love not people less, but Nature more.
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On the Companionship with
Let us be much with Nature; not as they
That labour without seeing, that employ
Her unloved forces, blindly without joy;
Nor those whose hands and crude delights obey
The old brute passion to hunt down and slay;
But rather as children of one common birth,
Discerning in each natural fruit of the earth
Kinship and bond with this diviner clay.
Let us be with her wholly at all hours,
With the fond lover's zest, who is content
If his ear hears, and if his eye but sees;
So shall we grow like her in mould and bent,
Our bodies stately as her blessed trees,
Our thoughts as sweet and sumptuous as her flowers.