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You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. St. Bernard

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me. Thomas Jefferson

Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it’s like that, then I want out. Steven Weinberg

The trees do not license themselves to the countryside. The bees don’t invoice the flowers. There is no committee of oceans, and I’ve never seen a bird take out nest owner’s insurance. Terri Guillemets

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. John Burroughs

Mother Nature is the ultimate truth of the show must go on. Terri Guillemets

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven. William Channing

Once you have heard the lark, known the swish of feet through hill-top grass and smelt the earth made ready for the seed, you are never again going to be fully happy about the cities and towns that man carries like a crippling weight upon his back. Gwyn Thomas





The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. Dōgen

The moon quotes the sun, the rivers quote the trees, and trees quote the breeze. Terri Guillemets

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein

So many times, people told me I can’t do this or can’t do that. My nature is that I don’t listen very well. I’m very determined, and I believe in myself. My parents brought me up that way. Thank God for that. I don’t let anything stand in my way. Chantal Sutherland

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. William Shakespeare

Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you’ll find it there. Robb Sagendorph

Our downfall as a species is that we are arrogant enough to think that we can control Mother Nature and stupid enough to think it is our job. Greg Peterson

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi

A rhododendron bud lavender-tipped. Soon a glory of blooms to clash with the cardinals and gladden the hummingbirds! David J. Beard (1947–2016)

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Multitudes of people are beauty-blind to the outdoor pictures. I doubt if one in a hundred begins to take in the beauty visible on even a short walk in city or country. Delia Lyman Porter

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir (1838–1914)

What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn! Logan Pearsall Smith

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. Standing Bear

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Nature is new every morning. Proverb

Nature is new every morning, but its cycles are ancient, independent of all our anxieties, oblivious to our plans. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, “Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer,” 2003 September 25th

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen

The reflection of the rays of the sun from living green, during a great part of the year, is highly salutary to the eyes, and through the medium of the eyes, to the rest of the system. William Andrus Alcott (1798–1859), The Young Woman’s Book of Health, 1850

Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests. Thornton Wilder

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How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! John Muir, The Mountains of California

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature’s law is stronger than any little law you have made for yourself. Frank A. De Puy, “Happiness in the Home: Be Patient,” The New Century Home Book, 1900

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail. John Muir, Our National Parks

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I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. William Hazlitt (1778–1830)

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Aldo Leopold

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

There are no sounds that can stir the sublime emotions of men’s souls like the sighs and whispers of nature. James Lendall Basford (1845–1915)

I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. Alan Hovhaness

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God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. Henry David Thoreau

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. Osho

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Khalil Gibran

I may never traverse the halls of art, yet the dawning day is mine, and the fading twilight, and the lake at eve, and the galaxy of the midnight sky…. I may never place in a Dresden vase one single hothouse flower, but I may lave me in a field of yellow buttercups. Muriel Strode (1875–1964)

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To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. Helen Keller

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself. Henry David Thoreau

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright

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Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. James Russell Lowell

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens. Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

So on their way they went rejoicing—saying pretty things to the fairies, the flowers and the birds, for they are their best friends you know, and they love all Nature with a vast and all-embracing, all-enduring love. S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925)

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. William Blake

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Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. Roger Miller

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. Theodore Roethke

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. John Ruskin

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. Langston Hughes

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

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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 Galilei

Mother Nature presents neither a wrinkled face nor tottering form, but constantly renews the bloom of her youth, while time fills up the volumes of her history. James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. Alice Walker

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. Anne Frank

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henri Matisse

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Nature has always had more force than education. Voltaire

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. Mattie Stepanek

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. John Lubbock

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Yves Cousteau

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. Theodore Roethke

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie

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The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. Henry Beston

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness. Michelangelo

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Martin Luther

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. Harriet Ann Jacobs

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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back. Alice Walker

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. Wendell Berry

And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release — out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know? Carl Sandburg

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e.e. cummings

The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 1967 December 22nd

After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. Author Unknown

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal, Satires

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. Hal Borland