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  • #1
    Wendell Berry
    “There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say "It is yet more difficult than you thought." This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #2
    Wendell Berry
    “Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
    Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book

  • #3
    Wendell Berry
    “The Peace of Wild Things

    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 his 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 the day-blind stars
    waiting with their light. For a time
    I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
    Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

  • #4
    Wendell Berry
    “The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It's proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or "accessing" what we now call "information" - which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. 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

  • #5
    Wendell Berry
    “Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
    vacation with pay. Want more
    of everything ready-made. Be afraid
    to know your neighbors and to die.

    And you will have a window in your head.
    Not even your future will be a mystery
    any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
    and shut away in a little drawer.

    When they want you to buy something
    they will call you. When they want you
    to die for profit they will let you know.
    So, friends, every day do something
    that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
    Love the world. Work for nothing.
    Take all that you have and be poor.
    Love someone who does not deserve it.

    Denounce the government and embrace
    the flag. Hope to live in that free
    republic for which it stands.
    Give your approval to all you cannot
    understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
    has not encountered he has not destroyed.

    Ask the questions that have no answers.
    Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
    Say that your main crop is the forest
    that you did not plant,
    that you will not live to harvest.

    Say that the leaves are harvested
    when they have rotted into the mold.
    Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
    Put your faith in the two inches of humus
    that will build under the trees
    every thousand years.

    Listen to carrion — put your ear
    close, and hear the faint chattering
    of the songs that are to come.
    Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
    Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
    though you have considered all the facts.
    So long as women do not go cheap
    for power, please women more than men.

    Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
    a woman satisfied to bear a child?
    Will this disturb the sleep
    of a woman near to giving birth?

    Go with your love to the fields.
    Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
    in her lap. Swear allegiance
    to what is nighest your thoughts.

    As soon as the generals and the politicos
    can predict the motions of your mind,
    lose it. Leave it as a sign
    to mark the false trail, the way
    you didn’t go.

    Be like the fox
    who makes more tracks than necessary,
    some in the wrong direction.
    Practice resurrection.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #6
    Wendell Berry
    “So, friends, every day do something that won't compute...Give your approval to all you cannot understand...Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years...Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts....Practice resurrection.”
    Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage

  • #7
    Wendell Berry
    “Be joyful because it is humanly possible.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #8
    Wendell Berry
    “A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #9
    Wendell Berry
    “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #10
    Wendell Berry
    “Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call "the economy" or "the free market" is less and less distinguishable from warfare.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #11
    Wendell Berry
    “One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #12
    Wendell Berry
    “Eating is an agricultural act.”
    Wendell Berry, What Are People for Essays By Wendell B

  • #13
    Wendell Berry
    “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”
    Wendell Berry, A Place on Earth

  • #14
    Wendell Berry
    “Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #15
    Wendell Berry
    “The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #16
    Wendell Berry
    “I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.”
    Wendell Berry, What Are People For?

  • #17
    Wendell Berry
    “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.
    (pg.99, "The Body and the Earth")”
    Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

  • #18
    Wendell Berry
    “When going back makes sense, you are going ahead.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #19
    Wendell Berry
    “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
    Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge

  • #20
    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.”
    Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

  • #21
    Wendell Berry
    “It is to be broken. It is to be
    torn open. It is not to be
    reached and come to rest in
    ever. I turn against you,
    I break from you, I turn to you.
    We hurt, and are hurt,
    and have each other for healing.
    It is healing. It is never whole.”
    Wendell Berry, The Collected Poems, 1957-1982

  • #22
    Wendell Berry
    “There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.”
    Wendell Berry, Remembering

  • #23
    Wendell Berry
    “...And we pray, not for new
    earth or heaven, but to be quiet
    in heart, and in eye clear.
    What we need is here.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #24
    Pema Chödrön
    “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”
    Pema Chödrön

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