Nature


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next is now. - Chinese Proverb

If you would know the strength and patience welcome the company of a tree - Hal Borland

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” -  John Muir

“When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.”- George Bernard Shaw

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do - Wills Cather

The trees are Gods great alphabet.
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene - Leonora Speyer

Trees are poems, that earth writes upon the sky - Kahlil Gibran

Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever made and forgot to put a soul into - Henry Ward Beecher

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, evergreen tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold or silver - Martin Luther

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another - Mahatma Gandhi

Mans heart away from nature becomes hard - Standing Bear

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature - Zeno

Trees are the earths endless effort to speak to the listening heaven - Rabindranath Tagore

There are rich consels in the Trees - Herbert P. Horne

The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. - Chief Seattle

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher - William Wordsworth

Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each others company. Only a few love to be alone - Jens Jensen

He who plants a tree, plants a hope. - Lucy Larcom

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir (1838-1914); naturalist, author

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India

“Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you.” - T.A. Barron (born 1952); writer


If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, Ill bet theyd live a lot differently. - Bill Watterson


“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come.” - Wangari Maathai (1940-2011);Founder of the Green Belt Movement; first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.



Activism is my rent for living on this planet - Alice Walker.


Well, the work of the Mother will not suffer, because it has been built and up to date maintained upon truth, sincerity and purity. Absolute sincerity has been its watchword. - Swami Vivekananda in his Letter to Josephine MacLeod. Written from Belur Math on August 11, 1897. Complete Works, 5.139.


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


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. Natures 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. ~John Muir


You cant be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ~Jane Austen


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


I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. ~Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted, 14 August 1966


The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
~Isaac Watts


Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. ~Rachel Carson



Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! ~Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book II, chapter 9


I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. ~William Hazlitt


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


Nature is mans teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. ~Alfred Billings Street



There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon. ~Alice Meynell


Watching clouds roll by
on a sunny day
Who needs church?
Nature is divine.
~Carrie Latet


Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower. ~Alan C. Kay



Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do. ~Michel de Montaigne



A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. ~Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs


Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. ~George Washington Carver



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



There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story. ~Linda Hogan


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. ~Eleonora Duse


Drinking nature is an unquenchable thirst. ~Berri Clove


One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
~William Wordsworth, "The Tables Turned," 1798



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



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, As You Like It, 1599



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


To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a birds nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs



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


Ive always regarded nature as the clothing of God. ~Alan Hovhaness



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



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


The sun is the epitome of benevolence - it is lifegiving and warmthgiving and happinessgiving, and to it we owe our thanksgiving. ~Jessi Lane Adams



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


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



I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. ~Walt Whitman


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


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


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


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


God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther


"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - - Jawaharlal Nehru, (1889-1964); 1st Prime Minister Of India


Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke


Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."
- Erich Seligmann Fromm, (1900-1980); social psychologist


"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
- Hamilton Wright Mabie, (1846-1916); essayist, editor


We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
- Aldo Leopold.


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Natures 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."
- John Muir (1838-1914); naturalist, author



"Earth provides enough to satisfy every mans need, but not every mans greed"
  - Mahatma Gandhi



We still think in terms of conquest. We still havent become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe.
-Rachel Carson.



What happens to the animals in the seas, happens to us " men and women.
What happens to the forests happens to us in our bodies,
since our bodies like the trees are made of the same earth.
Are not our bodies moving clay forms endowed with intelligence?
A conscientious effort at healing the earth would manifest as the ultimate healing of our own bodies. --- "Sri Bhagavan"



"Dream your dream. Follow your heart. Imagine. Listen to the wind. Drink sunsets. Be free. Let the wonder never cease. Believe. Wish on EVERY star. Create adventure. Be Kind." 
-Debbie Coulter



A walk in Gods creation can do you a world of good. The One who created it all wants to take your hand and give you the tour.




How monotonous the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds. - Dan Bennett


I think Ill never see a poem as lovely as a tree. Poems are made by fools like me. But only God can make a tree.
-Joyce Kilmer
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