Natural World Quotes

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“Tonight the sun has died like an Emperor ... great scarlet arcs of silk ... saffron ... green ... crimson ... and the blaze of Venus to remind one of the absolute and the infinite ... and along the lower rim of beauty lay the hard harsh line of the hills ...”
John Coldstream, Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters

Wendell Berry
“I believe until fairly recently our destructions of nature were more or less unwitting -- the by-products, so to speak, of our ignorance or weakness or depravity. It is our present principled and elaborately rationalized rape and plunder of the natural world that is a new thing under the sun.”
Wendell Berry

Bryant McGill
“There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“It should be expected that we will find wonder in a vast mountain landscape, but it is a more serious challenge to find wonder in a hill. It is a great achievement to find it in a molehill.”
Tristan Gooley, How to Connect with Nature

T.F. Hodge
“For the human experience, life in the natural world seems to require the application of meaning, in order to evoke purpose.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

“The Congregating of Stars

They often meet in mountain lakes,
No matter how remote, no matter how deep
Down and far they must stream to arrive,
Navigating between the steep, vertical piles
Of broken limestone and chert, through shattered
Trees and dry bushes bent low by winter,
Across ravines cut by roaring avalanches
Of boulders and ripping ice.

Silently, the stars have assembled
On the surface of this lost lake tonight,
Arranged themselves to match the patterns
They maintain in the highest spheres
Of the surrounding sky.

And they continue on, passing through
The smooth, black countenance of the lake,
Through that mirror of themselves, down through
The icy waters to touch the perfect bottom
Stillness of the invisible life and death existing
In the nether of those depths.

Sky-bound- yet touching every needle
In the torn and sturdy forest, every stone,
Sharp, cracked along the ragged shore- the stars
Appear the same as in ancient human ages
On the currents of the old seas and the darkened
Trails of desert dunes, Orion’s belt the same
As it shone in Galileo’s eyes, Polaris certain above
The sails of every mariner’s voyage. An echoing
Light from the Magi’s star, that bacon, might even
Be shining on this lake tonight, unrecognized.

The stars are congregating, perhaps
in celebration, passing through their own
names and legends, through fogs, airs,
and thunders, the vapors of winter frost
and summer pollens. They are ancestors
of transfiguration, intimate with all the eyes
of the night. What can they know?”
Pattiann Rogers, Quickening Fields

“All human beings experience a life framed by the sky, wind, sun, stars, the earth, the great waters, and small streams. We possess nothing in life other than the landscape of our own minds. We cannot take anything from life. The universe is not something that we possess.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Carl Greer
“Scientists and shamans alike know that all of life is woven into a web of infinite connections, contributing to the larger whole in a system that is complex beyond our imagining. When we sit quietly at the edge of a lake, or hike through a wildflower-strewn meadow, or walk through a cool, dark forest, we quickly become aware of our unity with the natural world. We fall back into natural rhythms--rhythms we are no longer in synch with as a result of living by the clock and spending much of our time in man-made spaces lit by electricity. Nature has a way of recalibrating us and helping us gain a new perspective on our stressors so that they seem less overwhelming.”
Carl Greer, Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
“Birds will give you a window, if you allow them. They will show you secrets from another world– fresh vision that, though it is avian, can accompany you home and alter your life. They will do this for you even if you don't know their names– though such knowing is a thoughtful gesture. They will do this for you if you watch them.”
Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Whenever you feel down, take a long walk in nature.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Laurence Overmire
“Our science and technology are advancing rapidly, but our ability to understand the interconnected ramifications of the application of the technology is not keeping pace. Wisdom is required. We must become aware of the consequences for any alterations we humans might make to the natural world.”
Laurence Overmire, The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action

Neil Ansell
“This was the pattern of my days, a simple life led by natural rhythms rather than the requirements and expectations of others.”
Neil Ansell, Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills

Steven James Taylor
“When Theo would laugh or guffaw beneath the spreading canopy of Red, Shadow knew he had accomplished his job. The gray mask of civilization had fallen from the boy. Death left his eyes. Blood returned to his cheeks. There was song in his voice. Together, dog and master were once again in the huff and roar of the natural, bliss-filled world. They played ball, Shadow fetched rope, and, weather permitting, they swam in the sea. They proved once more what the ancients knew in the magical first world—that there was peace in play.”
Steven James Taylor, The Dog

“Magic isn't somewhere else. It isn't a series of distant rituals, ancient texts and expensive courses. Magic is turning to the world, and seeing it, and knowing we are indistinguishable from it, in all our embodied, strange, soft and edgeless form. We are in the world and it is in us.”
Alice Tarbuck, A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and Six Centuries) of Magic

Michael Bassey Johnson
“I find nature to be a perfect home.
The sky above is the roof, the air is fresh and provides enough ventilation, and the plants and animals serve as the best form of entertainment.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Thomas Traherne
“Some things are little on the outside, and rough and common, but I remember the time when the dust of the streets were as pleasing as Gold to my infant eyes, and now they are more precious to the eye of reason.”
Thomas Traherne, Centuries Of Meditations

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A huge portion of what the civilized know more than the primitive is about the unnatural world.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Helen Macdonald
“Goshawks are things of death and blood and gore, but they are not excuses for atrocities. Their inhumanity is to be treasured because what they do has nothing to do with us at all.”
Helen Macdonald

Helen Humphreys
“All those days of walking the heath, collecting her specimens, reinforced in her a need to look to the natural world for her own location. Now, even in London, she is constantly searching out the trees and grass, the flowers, to determine her position in the urban landscape. She looks to the natural world to guide her in how she moves through the city, in how she thinks about her own life.”
Helen Humphreys, The Evening Chorus

Nathanael Johnson
“When you actually live with nature day in and day out, you get to see it at its least dignified. This is a good, even necessary way of looking at nature, because it is honest. Nature is not always beautiful. It can be grotesque, it can be cruel, and it can be comical. If humans hope to achieve a more harmonious relationship with the natural world, we will have to see it in full: breathtaking, dirty, and inspiring, and annoying all at the same time. All too often we see only the good, or only the bad. If we can love nature for what it really is--not just as idealized perfection--we'll have a real chance of ending the strife between civilization and wilderness and replacing it with something like intimacy.”
Nathanael Johnson, Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

Nathanael Johnson
“If people start paying attention to the organisms that are thriving, unseen, among us, I think it will change us for the better: On the political scale, we'll become more realistic and effective in our efforts to protect the environment; on the personal scale, we'll be happier and more full of wonder.”
Nathanael Johnson, Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

“Human beings are part of, not separate from the natural world. Human survival and mental health and personal fulfillment historically depended upon establishing a wholesome relationship with natural world. The human mind developed in relation to nature. Human culture developed within the context of a natural setting. Human beings are attracted to all that is alive and vital; we subconsciously seek connections with the rest of life. Because we come from the same world of animals, we enjoy being in their presence.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“There is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. We resonate with animals especially those animals that breathe, hear, see, sense, taste and emote similar to us. We hold an especially strong affinity with warm-blooded mammals because we all spring from the same primordial mist as anatomically evidenced by the vestigial tailbone of humans and vestigial leg bones of whales.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Lisa Kemmerer
“Exploring sacred teachings from around the world demonstrates that nature, including anymals, is sacred, that anymals are central to our spiritual landscape, and that we owe them respect, justice, and compassion.”
Lisa Kemmerer, Animals and World Religions

Lisa Kemmerer
“Religions teach of a deep and fundamental unity on planet Earth. Interestingly, consistent with Darwin, the world’s dominant religions teach people that there is much more continuity than separation across species.”
Lisa Kemmerer, Animals and World Religions

“The ability of great naturalists to intimately describe the macro and microcosms of our world teaches us that, if we open our senses, inspiration lies everywhere in the natural world.”
Katherine Keith

Alex M. Vikoulov
“In the physics of information, known as Digital Physics, all natural phenomena and physical processes are thoroughly computable, with the laws of Nature acting as master algorithms factoring in undeniable universality of quantum logic... The centrality of observers and the underlying code to the natural world has been the guiding principle of digital theosophy.”
Alex M. Vikoulov, Theology of Digital Physics: Phenomenal Consciousness, The Cosmic Self & The Pantheistic Interpretation of Our Holographic Reality

Sara Bonnett Stein
“The recovery of biodiversity after major extinctions takes several million years. In the interval, the world is inhabited by a list of species more or less equivalent to ragweed and roaches.”
Sara Bonnett Stein, Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards

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