Wendell Berry Quotes

We have forgotten that Vietnam, and Iraq resent being invaded and know the ground better than we do.

Wendell Berry

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

Wendell Berry

And find that dark, too blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet, and dark wings.

Wendell Berry

Novelty is a new kind of loneliness.

Wendell Berry

We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities.

Wendell Berry

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.

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Small creatures die because larger creatures are hungry. How superior to this human confusion of greed and creed, blood and fire.

Wendell Berry

In the effort to tell a whole story, to see it whole and clear, I have had to imagine more than I have known.

Wendell Berry

A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance. Unlike a person, a corporation does not age. It does not arrive, as most persons finally do, at a realization of the shortness and smallness of human lives; it does not come to see the future as the lifetime of the children and grandchildren of anybody in particular.

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I think we must be careful about too easily accepting, or being too easily grateful for, sacrifices made by others, especially if we have made none ourselves.

Wendell Berry

One cannot reduce terror by holding over the world the threat of what it most fears.

Wendell Berry

I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.

Wendell Berry

It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that.

Wendell Berry

The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war, but have not the courage to tell us that we must be less greedy and less wasteful.

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Eating is an agricultural act.

Wendell Berry

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