They wanna wreck this Earth. Why? I cannot understand. Nature has got to be the standard, and it never has been. All these places count for us.

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In wildness is the salvation of the world. Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of the wolf, long known among mountains, but seldom perceived among humans.

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You cannot save the land apart from the people, or the people apart from the land.

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Our way of looking at nature comes from the age of enlightenment. Two or three hundred years ago, scientists began to look at nature like a big machine, without any soul, without any feelings. Within the last decades, we changed our view on animals... but why do we treat plants like second-class beings?

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I believe natural beauty has a necessary place in the spiritual development of any individual or any society…In contemplating “the exceeding beauty of the earth” these people have found calmness and courage. For there is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of birds; in the ebb and flow of the tides; in the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in these repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

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Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.

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The pleasures, the values of contact with the natural world, are not reserved for the scientists. They are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of a lonely mountain top — or the sea — or the stillness of a forest; or who will stop to think about so small a thing as the mystery of a growing seed.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Everything terrible is something that needs our love.

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I can’t conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world.

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I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature.

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Our Mother the Earth is suffering. We have people with the vision and understanding who care. Their wish is to save wildlife and ecosystems. But we fail to realize that the first step in healing is within ourselves. We must face the worst in ourselves in order to be our best. We have to shed the tears of oppression and learn to love, honor, and respect ourselves.

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Well, nature did pretty well for the three billion years before we turned up, and it could do pretty well again if we learned to interfere less.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.

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Walking in nature is my meditation and my prayer. The magnificent trees and majestic hills are my temples and cathedrals. I don’t look above the sky to seek heaven; my heaven is here on earth. Being one with nature, I am enchanted and enlightened.

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I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.

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All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.

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Nature itself is the primary Bible… The world itself is the primary locus of the sacred, and actually provides all the metaphors that the soul needs for its growth.

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The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dustbowls and rivers washing the future into the sea.

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Looking out the window today on the field, the valley, the blue hills and in memory, the cabin and the forest, I regret my own numberless faults but not a life in the country.

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Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.

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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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We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

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Live in each season as it passes; resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.

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Come forth into the light and let nature be your teacher.

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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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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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I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. 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.

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It is as if God made the canoe and then set about creating a country in which it could flourish. That country was Canada.

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Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake.

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What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.

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Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

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I am following Nature without being able to grasp her. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

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There is no wifi in the forest but trust me you’ll find a better connection.

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Yesterday, no trees demanded insight from me. And they won’t again today. Therefore, I walk among them again.

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Walking is the most beautiful way to connect with nature.

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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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Cherish the natural world because you’re a part of it and you depend on it.

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Spring’s bloom and green explosion, summer’s tick and crackle in the forest, autumn’s gilded pageant, the rumble and moan of winter gale – these sounds, moods and scents of Canada kept me earthbound.

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The rights of nature have become central in our time to achieving justice for human beings as well as justice for other beings who are part of this Earth family.

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The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.

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Crimes against nature are connected to crimes against humanity.

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Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.

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We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence.

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To damage the earth is to damage your children.

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Without my intense experiences in the wilderness, which often brought me to my very limits, I wouldn't have known how far my own strengths extend and where they actually come from. In untamed nature, I learned to respect that which is uncontrollable, to accept it, and finally recognize it as an essential part of my own life.

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The zoo is an epitaph to a relationship between people and animals.

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The major problems in the world are the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

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We are too insurmountably human to know how cultural, how intentional, how meaningful, the nonhuman world might be.

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I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anyone could ever want to own.

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You cannot save the land apart from the people, or the people apart from the land.

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