Wendell Berry Quotes

Today, local economies are being destroyed by the "pluralistic," displaced, global economy, which has no respect for what works in a locality. The global economy is built on the principle that one place can be exploited, even destroyed, for the sake of another place.

Wendell Berry

I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children; whose work serves the earth he lives on and from and with, and is therefore pleasurable and meaningful and unending; whose rewards are not deferred until "retirement," but arrive daily and seasonally out of the details of the life of their place; whose goal is the continuance of the life of the world, which for a while animates and contains them, and which they know they can never compass with their understanding or desire.

Wendell Berry

What I stand for is what I stand on.

Wendell Berry

To be sane in a mad time is bad for the brain, worse for the heart.

Wendell Berry

As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn't go. Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry

Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.

Wendell Berry

Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millenium.

Wendell Berry

The poem is important, but not more than the people whose survival it serves...

Wendell Berry

Let me say and not mourn: the world lives in the death of speech and sings there.

Wendell Berry

Sit and be still until in the time of no rain you hear beneath the dry wind's commotion in the trees the sound of flowing water among the rocks, a stream unheard before, and you are where breathing is prayer.

Wendell Berry

A mind that has confronted ruin for years Is half or more a ruined mind.

Wendell Berry

Ask the world to reveal its quietude not the silence of machines when they are still, but the true quiet by which birdsongs, trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms become what they are, and are nothing else.

Wendell Berry

The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly.

Wendell Berry

To farm is to be placed absolutely.

Wendell Berry

The most insistent and formidable concern of agriculture, wherever it is taken seriously, is the distinct individuality of every farm, every field on every farm, every farm family, and every creature on every farm.

Wendell Berry

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