We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death.

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The heart: it is a musical, rather than a physical organ.

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Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence.

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What you seek is also seeking you.

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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

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Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can.

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No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.

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Art is life, life is art.

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To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

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The heart never grows old.

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When a person leads from their gifts they will seek to temper power with beauty, accomplishment with humility and action with reflection. In this way they may find the faith to engage their world with fresh eyes and ears each day

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The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.

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Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

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You go forth, drunk on the multitudes, drunk on everything, while the lampposts sprinkle nodding streets with stars.

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‘It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.’

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Grace comes, but not often, and you don’t get to say when or how.

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"There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence…over the lives of others. –

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Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

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However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

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People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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Any given moment – no matter how casual, no matter how ordinary – is poised, full of gaping life.

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We are living in a fake world… But we find reality in this fake world.

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The word "humus" has such power, because I think humanity comes from it, humility comes from it, humidity comes from it—everything that gives life and creates our humanity comes from it.

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The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.

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It is a seeing of every moment of life against the horizon of death, and a challenge to incorporate that awareness of dying into every moment so as to become more fully alive.

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Now more than at any other time in our history, we need to bring our intelligence and imagination to sustain our life support systems. –

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Without the oxygenating breath of the forests, without the clutch of gravity and the tumbled magic of river rapids, we have no distance from our technologies, no way of assessing their limitations, no way to keep ourselves from turning into them.

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The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.

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All the hype in the world is nothing compared to one kid saying, ‘Man, you shoulda seen that.

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We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.

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Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.

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Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.

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My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth’s loveliness.

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The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.

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Genius comes alive in the places where we work and live.

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Don't you know yet? It is Your Light that lights the world.

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People react primarily to direct experience and not to abstractions; it is very rare to find anyone who can become emotionally involved with an abstraction.

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

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There are wonderful things out there for you to learn and all you need to do is pay attention.

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There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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But however meaningless and vain, however dead life appears, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, and who knows something, doesn’t let himself be fobbed off like that. He steps in and does something, and hangs on to that, in short, breaks, “violates”…

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The kind people are running the world. They don’t know how their one little smile has saved many lives.

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Life comes from life.

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I wish that we would not fight for landscapes that remind us of who we think we are. I wish we would fight, instead, for landscapes buzzing and glowing with life in all its variousness.

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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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We were meant to be in a state of wonder. Wonder, and a state of abject humility at the same time.

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We can't just think our way out of this crisis. We've got to feel our way through.

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We urgently need to do everything in our power to preserve the natural habitats that still exist, not only for the sake of biodiversity but also for the well-being of our own souls. All our life force has its origins in unfettered nature. This message is, for me, inseparably connected with the wild, free-roaming wolves of Canada.

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It’s rather embarrassing to have spent one’s entire lifetime pondering the human condition and to come to the close and find that I really don’t have anything more profound to pass on by way of advice than, ‘Try and be a little kinder.

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Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

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