We say of the oak, "How grand of girth!"
Of the willow we say, "How slender!"
And yet to the soft grass clothing the earth
How slight is the praise we render.
Edgar Fawcett – Poet and writer
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Hal Borland – Outdoor writer, New York Times
The more we exploit nature, the more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival.
Morris K. Udall – Arizona Congressman
To the extent that we banish the rest of life, we will impoverish our own species for all time. And if we should surrender our genetic nature to machine-aided ratiocination, and our ethics and art and our very meaning to a habit of careless discursion in the name of progress, imagining ourselves godlike and absolved from our ancient heritage, we will become nothing.
Edward O. Wilson – Consilience
Yards divided by minutes...will give neither pigs, sheep nor oxen.
Arthur Machen, writer
O lapwing, thou fliest around the heath
Nor seest the net that is spread beneath,
Why dost thou not fly among the corn fields?
They cannot spread nets where a harvest yields.
William Blake, 1793
Such a pivotal point is a name. A bird, a flower, a star, while it is un-named, is for the human mind endowed with only half of its possible reality. ... Here indeed is one of those instances where culture absolutely depends on knowledge.
John Cowper Powys, novelist and philosopher
Setting up my revision, so I re-stumbled upon those and love them. May put them in my quote book.