Wildness Quotes

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Truman Capote
“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."
"She's drunk," Joe Bell informed me.
"Moderately," Holly confessed....Holly lifted her martini. "Let's wish the Doc luck, too," she said, touching her glass against mine. "Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc -- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

Henry David Thoreau
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Mandy Hale
“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Roman Payne
“What is a Wanderess? Bound by no boundaries, contained by no countries, tamed by no time, she is the force of nature’s course.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

John Muir
“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”
John Muir

Jeanette Winterson
“The more I read, the more I felt connected across time to other lives and deeper sympathies. I felt less isolated. I wasn’t floating on my little raft in the present; there were bridges that led over to solid ground. Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there we can bring back the things we need.

Literature is common ground. It is ground not managed wholly by commercial interests, nor can it be strip-mined like popular culture—exploit the new thing then move on.

There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations.

Reading is where the wild things are.”
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Christopher Isherwood
“An afternoon drive from Los Angeles will take you up into the high mountains, where eagles circle above the forests and the cold blue lakes, or out over the Mojave Desert, with its weird vegetation and immense vistas. Not very far away are Death Valley, and Yosemite, and Sequoia Forest with its giant trees which were growing long before the Parthenon was built; they are the oldest living things in the world. One should visit such places often, and be conscious, in the midst of the city, of their surrounding presence. For this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth. "You are perfectly welcome," it tells him, "during your short visit. Everything is at your disposal. Only, I must warn you, if things go wrong, don't blame me. I accept no responsibility. I am not part of your neurosis. Don't cry to me for safety. There is no home here. There is no security in your mansions or your fortresses, your family vaults or your banks or your double beds. Understand this fact, and you will be free. Accept it, and you will be happy.”
Christopher Isherwood, Exhumations

Munia Khan
“Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world”
Munia Khan

Kahlil Gibran
“But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“The wild ivy grows wherever it pleases.”
Marty Rubin

Aldo Leopold
“At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant.”
Aldo Leopold

Thomas   French
“All zoos, even the most enlightened, are built upon the idea both beguiling and repellent—the notion that we can seek out the wildness of the world and behold its beauty, but that we must first contain that wildness. Zoos argue that they are fighting for the conservation of the Earth, that they educate the public and provide refuge and support for vanishing species. And they are right. Animal-rights groups argue that zoos traffic in living creatures, exploiting them for financial gain and amusement. And they are right. Caught inside this contradiction are the animals themselves, and the humans charged with their well-being.”
Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Joni L. James
“Who will bear witness to these small islands and oases of wildness as land is divided and sold to become strip malls, housing developments,and parking lots? What happens to the natural history here? We must bear witness.”
Joni L. James, Dancing With Herons: Bearing Witness to Local Natural History

Thomas   French
“Taken together, the narratives of how the animals ended up at Lowry Park revealed as much about Homo sapiens as they revealed about the animals themselves. The precise details—how and where each was born, how they were separated from their mothers and taken into custody, all they had witnessed and experienced on their way to becoming the property of this particular zoo—could have filled an encyclopedia with insights into human behavior and psychology, human geopolitics and history and commerce. Lowry Park’s very existence declared our presumption of supremacy, the ancient belief that we have been granted dominion over other creatures and have the right to do with them as we please. The zoo was a living catalogue of our fears and obsessions, the ways we see animals and see ourselves, all the things we prefer not to see at all. Every corner of the grounds revealed our appetite for amusement and diversion, no matter what the cost. Our longing for the wildness we have lost inside ourselves. Our instinct to both exalt nature and control it. Our deepest wish to love and protect other species even as we scorch their forests and poison their rivers and shove them toward oblivion.
All of it was on display in the garden of captives.”
Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Thomas   French
“Despite all their flaws, zoos wake us up. They invite us to step outside our most basic assumptions. Offered for our contemplation, the animals remind us of nature’s impossibly varied schemes for survival, all the strategies that species rely upon for courtship and mating and protecting the young and establishing dominance and hunting for something to eat and avoiding being eaten. On a good day, zoos shake people into recognizing the manifold possibilities of existence, what it’s like to walk across the Earth, or swim in its oceans of fly above its forests—even though most animals on display will never have the chance to do any of those things again, at least not in the wild.”
Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Henry David Thoreau
“In short, all good things are wild and free.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walking

Randy Elrod
“The unconditional love of God leads to a life of freedom and transforms each day into a potentially wild adventure. ”
Randy Elrod, Sex, Lies & Religion

Avijeet Das
“She is the sensitivity of the dew drops. She is the innocence of the blooming Lily. She is the calm of the sylvan lake. She is the beautiful light of the candle flame. She is the wildness of the Kadupul flower. She is the magic of the full moon night!”
Avijeet Das

S.T. Gibson
“She looked wild as a pagan goddess and bright as an icon of Mary, sanctity and sin all shining together as one”
S.T. Gibson, Robbergirl

Heidi Barr
“A walk through the woods probably won’t change what’s wrong, but it can change how we respond to it.”
Heidi Barr, 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life

Dorothy Hearst
“It’s too late, much too late, for us to be able to get the humans to accept wildness in its true form. We must go more gently. In the meantime, they will create more Barrens. They will take over more forest and destroy it. Someday, if the humans can accept the bit of the wild that will remain in our children’s children, they might indeed learn to accept the greater wild. We have to hope they do so before the world becomes a Barrens.”
Dorothy Hearst, Spirit of the Wolves

“Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother aren’t coming to save you from toxic forces. Sometimes they are the toxic ones!
You have to hold yourself accountable that you’ve allowed mistreatment to happen and that’s when you find the power to change it! You’ve had the power all along. Walk away from anything that feels off. It’s your intuition guiding you.
Do this without shame or guilt!
You hold the key to your own happiness. Never put it in someone else’s pocket.”

Helen Macdonald
“I'd thought that to heal my great hurt, I should flee to the wild. It was what people did. The nature books I'd read told me so. So many of them had been quests inspired by grief or sadness. Some had fixed themselves to the stars of elusive animals. Some sought snow geese. Others snow leopards. Others cleaved to the earth, walked trails, mountains, coasts and glens. Some sought wildness at a distance, others close to home... Now I knew this for what it was: a beguiling but dangerous lie. I was furious with myself and my own unconscious certainty that this was the cure I needed. Hands are for other human hands to hold. They should not be reserved exclusively as perches for hawks. And the wild is not a panacea for the human soul; too much in the air can corrode it to nothing.”
Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk

Daniel Firth Griffith
“Wildness is a medium for mindfulness, a consciousness in which cultivation transforms into community and harvest into communion through the shared language of being—of life itself.”
Daniel Firth Griffith, Wild Like Flowers

“To hell with the State! To hell with the Church! To hell with all the forces of repression!”
Marty Rubin

John Eldredge
“What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the life we were meant to live?
God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us ears that we might hear; he gave us will that we might choose, and he gave us hearts that we might live.
The way we handle the heart is everything.”
John Eldredge, Wild at Heart Expanded Edition: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

Sondra Charbadze
“This is what it means to become wild again: it’s to peel back the niceties of society. I have had too many of these: the niceties. I have become one myself: a person like a platitude, pleasing and flat.”
Sondra Charbadze, The Sea Once Swallowed Me: A Memoir of Love, Solitude, and the Limits of Language

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The wild heart can tame anything, even a lion.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

“Wild spirits are often born in a cage, which disappears if and when they learn to handle their wild energies.”

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