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The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
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Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.


"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."~ Karle Wilson Baker

To myself, mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery; in them, and in the forms of inferior landscape that lead to them, my affections are wholly bound up. ~ John Muir

A flower touches everyone's heart. ~ Georgia O'Keefe

Learn about pines from the pine, and about bamboo from the bamboo. ~ Matsuo Basho

The earth laughs in flowers. ~ e.e. cummings

Nature does nothing uselessly. ~ Aristotle

Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature. ~ Gerard De Nerval

The love of flowers is really the best teacher of how to grow and understand them. ~ Max Schling

Eventually, a gardener becomes a philosophers. ~ Barbara Dodge Borland

Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun. ~ Kahlil Gibran

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

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Young people, I want to beg of you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life. ~ George Washington Carver

Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God. ~ Alice Walker

"To create a little flower is the labor of ages." ~ William Blake

My beloved is the mountains, the solitary wooded valleys, strange islands... silent music. ~ St. John of the Cross

The career of flowers differs from ours only inaudibleness. ~ Emily Dickinson

Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint. ~ Robert Frost

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Deviation from nature is deviation from happiness. ~ Samuel Johnson

The worse I get along with people the more I learn to have faith in Nature and concentrate on her. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Give me a spark of Nature's fire. That's all the learning I desire. ~ Robert Burns

Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means. ~ Heinrich Heine

At twilight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. ~ Oscar Wilde

It is clear to me that unless we connect directly with the earth, we will not have the faintest clue why we should save it. ~ Helen Caldicott, If You Love This Planet

There is something marvelous in all natural things. ~ Aristotle

In the woods is perpetual youth. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more." ~ John Burroughs

We need the tonic of wildness [and]...nature. ~ Henry David Thoreau

All nature wears one universal grin. ~ Henry Fielding

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower. ~ Albert Camus

In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth. ~ Rachel Carson

The boughs of no two trees ever have the same arrangement. Nature always produces individuals; she never produces classes. ~ Lydia Maria Child

Everything we make pollutes. The most responsible thing we can do is to make each product as well as we know how so it lasts as long as possible. ~ Yvon Chouinard

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ~ Rachel Carson

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all. ~ Socrates

I believe in rain, in odd miracles, in the intelligence that allows terns and swallows to find their way across Earth. ~ Paul Hawkins

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." ~ William Wordsworth

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

Nature is the art of God. ~ Dante Alighieri

When the wind blows, the leaves are waving--they're smiling. When you throw a rock into the pool and the ripples go out--the water is smiling. That's the energy. That's what I call my energy. ~ Eddie Pu

A good work is a partnership between you and nature... Nature will help you every step of the way. ~ Barbara Sher, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew

Wildness can be a way of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope. ~ Wallace Stenger

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~ Claude Monet

Nature is much cleverer than I am. ~ Elizabeth Blackburn

Nature, like a loving mother, is ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush and angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony, and beauty may reign supreme. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We must now understand that our own well-being can be achieved only through the well-being of the entire natural world around us. ~ Thomas Berry

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

"Where nature is concerned, familiarity breeds love and knowledge, not contempt." ~ Stewart Udall

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

Nature eventually has her own way, so perhaps the best procedure is to accept what old Mother Nature or God, if you will, dictates. Accept it and you'll get along better. ~ Cary Grant, Evenings With Cary Grant

To know the land for what it is, to find its heartbeat, to expose its soul, you have to go underground where it lives and breathes. ~ Amy Stewart, Earth Moved: on the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

There is life in a stone. Any stone that sits in a field or lies on a beach takes on the memory of that place. You can feel that stones have witnessed so many things. ~ Andy Goldsworthy, NY Times, 5/16/04

All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child. ~ Marie Curie

There are unknown forces within nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she leads them to us; she shows us those forms which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect. ~ Auguste Rodin

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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