The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.
The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work.
It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.
To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied.
This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
Topographically the country is magnificent -- and terrifying. Why terrifying? Because nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete. Nowhere have I encountered such a dull, monotonous fabric of life as here in America. Here boredom reaches its peak.
The major fortunes in America have been made in land.
It is a comfortable feeling to know tht you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only think that can't fly away.
There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land.
The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.
To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world beside the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?
In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.
In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.
A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.
Thanks to the growing strength of environmental organizations, there will always be some back country to provide us with a touch of wonder and a breath of fresh air.
This is my homeland; no one can kick me out.
Where water is boss, the land must obey
That which is built upon the land goes with the land.
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