I don't think I had even begun to have an idea where I was going, but wherever it was, that was where I wanted to go.
Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.
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 live
If the devil doesn't exist... how do you explain that some people are a lot worse than they're smart enough to be?
Let me say and not mourn: the world lives in the death of speech and sings there.
The promoters of the global economy...see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world.
When despair for the world grows in me... 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.
The primary motive for good care and good use of the land-community is always going to be affection, which is too often lacking.
The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and humbling, and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding. Its jobs will be too many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small to make anyone rich or famous.
The connections between people and land are dangerously oversimplified and mainly technological.
The reason to preserve wilderness is that we need it. We need wilderness of all kinds, large and small, public and private. Wee need to go now and again into places where our work is disallowed, where our hopes and plans have no standing. We need to come into the presence of the unqualified and myst
We cannot comprehend what comprehends us.
If we can't afford to take good care of the land that feeds us, we're in an insurmountable mess. Wendell Berr
To be well used, creatures and places must be used sympathetically, just as they must be known sympathetically to be well known...The "animal scientist" to whom it is of no concern whether or not animals suffer will almost inevitably aid and abet the destruction of the decent old ideal of animal hus
Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water,
People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
If they had only themselves to consider, lovers would not need to marry, but they must think of others and of other things. They say their vows to the community as much as to one another, and the community gathers around them to hear and to wish them well, on their behalf and its own. It gathers aro
There are endless ways to amuse oneself and be idle, and most of them lie outside the woods. I assume that when a man goes to the woods he goes because he needs to. I think he is drawn to the wilderness much as he is drawn to a woman: it is, in its way, his opposite. It is as far as possible unlike
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay.
It's mighty hard right now to think of anything that's precious that isn't endangered. There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.
The good of the whole of Creation, the world and all its creatures together, is never a consideration because it is never thought of; our culture now simply lacks the means for thinking of it.
It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.
You've got to reach towards a better language, and you're not going to make it up from scratch; you've got to reach back into the tradition. Western tradition is not as impoverished as a lot of people would like to think, but you'd have to go back before the industrial revolution; you may have to go
To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.
Under the pavement the dirt is dreaming of grass.
They will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, pre-chewed, into your mouth is only because they have found no profitable way to do so.
We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness. True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. Oneâ€™s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of oneâ€™s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more co
Invest in the millennium. 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 wi