Wilderness Quotes

You can only go halfway into the darkest forest; then you are coming out the other side.

Chinese Proverb

The great sea Has sent me adrift It moves me As the weed in a great river Earth and the great weather Move me Have carried me away And moved my inward parts with joy.

Uvavnuk, Eskimo Song

There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

Theodore Roosevelt

Beauty created by Nature is equal in value to, and to be accorded reverence equal to that of the beauty of music, art or poetry of man, and experts are available to testify as to degrees of natural beauty just as they are able to testify to the quality of mortalsí art.

David Sive

Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.

Gary Snyder

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.

Wallace Stegner

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste.

Wallace Stegner

Thereís no music like a little riverís ... It takes the mind out of doors ... and... sir, it quiets a man down like saying his prayers.

Robert Louis Stevenson

People need a model. If they can see a place become beautiful, they're inspired to act.

Marion Stoddart

As we traversed the seemingly endless jumble, we became aware of a sensation new to us: at a time and in a part of the world where opportunity to do so was rapidly vanishing, we knew that this was the way it felt to be pioneers, bound for a land so little visited that it was as if no man had come this way before.

Phoebe Anne Sumner

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and the most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter the swamp as a sacred place--a sanctum sanctorum; there is the strength, the marrow of Nature.

Henry David Thoreau

If we were required to know the position of the fruit dots or the character of the indusiumís, nothing could be easier to ascertain, but if it is required that you be affected by ferns, that they amount to anything, signify anything to you, that they be another sacred scripture and revelation to you, help to redeem your life, this end is not so easily accomplished.

Henry David Thoreau

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self-contained.

Walt Whitman

If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. We are talking about the body of the beloved, not real estate.

Terry Tempest Williams

I believe we have a profound fundamental need for areas of the earth where we stand without our mechanisms that make us immediate masters over our environment.

Howard Zahniser

He who has known how to love the land has loved eternity.

Stefan Zeromski

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

Crowfoot (Blackfoot)

Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, theUnited States would never have been the Land of Promise.

Herbert Croly

I realize the answer is not to create wilderness and walk away.

Michael K. Simpson

In our own time it has been seen... that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.

Giorgio Vasari

None know how often the hand of God is seen in a wilderness but them that rove it for a man's life

Thomas Cole

On the mountains mistakes are fatal. In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover. Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect and, in the process, restore my creativity.

Mark Udall

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

James Russell Lowell

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Updated On : May 25, 2013
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