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Quotes for
the Journey:


Look deep into nature
and you will find the
answer to everything.

Albert Einstein


What riches are ours in the world of nature, from the majesty of the distant peak to the fragile beauty of a tiny flower, and all without cost to us, the beholders!  No person is poor who has watched a sunrise or who keeps a mountain in his or her heart.       -Esther Baldwin York


I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will but listen.       -George Washington Carver

People are incomprehensible without Nature, and Nature is incomprehensible apart from people.  For the delicate loveliness of the flower is as much in the human eye as in its own fragile petals, and the splendor of the heavens as much in the imagination that kindles at the touch of their glory as in the shining of countless worlds.      -Hamilton Wright Mabie

Old and new put their stamp on everything in nature.  The snowflake that is now falling is marked by both; the present gives the motion and color to the flakes; antiquity its form and properties.  All things wear a luster which is the gift of the present and a tarnish of time.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
-Charles Dickens
Nature has given the opportunity of happiness to all, knew they but how to use it.      -Claudian

Close your eyes. You might try saying. . . something like this:  "The sun is shining overhead.  The sky is blue and sparkling.  Nature is calm and in control of the world--and I, as nature's child, am in tune with the Universe."  Or--better still--pray!       -Dale Carnegie
The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. . . I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side.  The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of people.
  I am in love with this world. . . I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown.
  I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting if its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.       -John Burroughs
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.  And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.       -Anne Frank
I never knew how soothing trees are-- many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being.        -D.H. Lawrence
All of nature offers lessons on living, free of charge.  One morning I noticed a dead tree supporting many living things--fungus, vines, lichen--which taught me that even after death we can continue to support those who live on. Living trees on our property teach other lessons.  One tree has grown around a barbed wire fence. Another has grown around a nail, and a third through a chain link fence.  These trees teach me how to accept irritation, absorb the pain and grow around problems.  Nature teaches me how to find my place, grow toward the sunlight and bypass obstacles.  To survive, we must be able to change in response to whatever is required by the challenge of the moment.  Our bodies know this, but our minds often rebel when change is necessary.       -Bernie Siegel

Nature ne'er deserts the wise and pure;
No plot so narrow, be but nature there,
No waste so vacant, but may well employ
Each faculty of sense and keep the heart
Awake to love and beauty.

Samuel Tayor Coleridge
The motion felt by a person in the presence of nature certainly counts for something in the origin of religions.
-Henry Bergson

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower--but if I could understand
What you are, root and all and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

If you drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will soon find a way back.      -Horace
I go now to the wilderness to be a part of it; to accept my place in the world and its place in me; to grow into reality as a tree grows into the rain, to conform to the Earth as a stream conforms to the stones of its bed.  To live.  To aspire.  To be.       -William Ashworth

The Trees

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old?  No, they die too.
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

Philip Larkin

When the first light dawned on the earth, and the birds awoke, and the brave river was heard rippling confidently seaward, and the nimble early rising wind rustled the oak leaves about our tent, all people, having reinforced their bodies and their souls with sleep, and cast aside doubt and fear, were invited to unattempted adventures.        -Henry David Thoreau
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.       -Juvenal


If one way be better than another,  that you may be sure is nature's way.       -Aristotle

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I find nature so nourishing.  I love to hike, especially in the mountains.  When I'm walking in nature, I feel in awe of the wonder of creation.  Nature is full of surprises, always changing, and we must change with it.  In nature, the soul is renewed and called to open and grow.  In the wilderness, you're up against whatever nature brings you-- the dangers as well as the beauty.       -Linda Leonard
To cultivate a garden is. . . to go hand in hand with Nature in some of her most beautiful processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets, and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in the beautiful order of her works elsewhere.       -Christian Bovee
. . .this prayer I make,
Knowing that Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her; 't is her privilege,
Through all the years of this our life, to lead
From joy to joy: for she can so inform
The mind that is within us, so impress
With quietness and beauty, and so feed
With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues,
Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men,
Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
The dreary intercourse of daily life,
Shall e'er prevail against us, or disturb
Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold
Is full of blessings.

William Wordsworth
from "Lines"
All of our ideas come from the natural world:  trees equal umbrellas.       -Wallace Stevens
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.       -Willa Cather
Life is the gift of nature; beautiful living is the gift of wisdom.       -Celtic saying
We all look at nature too much, and live with her too little.        -Oscar Wilde
The love of nature is the only love that does not deceive human hopes.       -Honore de Balzac
I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the bark of a tree, just as the butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out.  I waited a while, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient.  I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it.  I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life.  The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them.  Bending over it, I tried to help it with my breath.  In vain.  It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the sun.  Now it was too late.  My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time.  It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.
    That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience.  For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature.  We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.     -Nikos Kazantzakis from Zorba the Greek
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.       -John Muir
If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.       -John Burroughs

Out in the Fields with God
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The little cares which fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea, 
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fear of what might happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay,
Among the husking of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod
Where ill thoughts die and good are born--
Out in the fields with God


Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
-Luther Burbank
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world.       -John Muir
I honor the wisdom of life.  I learn from life in all its forms.  The tree teaches me.  The sparrow and the wren sing my song.  I am open to the lessons Life brings me from the earth.  I learn from the wind, from the sun, from the small flowers, and from the stars.  I walk without arrogance.  I learn from all I encounter.  I open my mind and heart to the guidance and love that come to me from the natural world.       -Julia Cameron
Background for Humans
Wilferd A. Peterson

In diversity, complexity, surprise, wrath, serenity, destructiveness, magnificence, Nature's wild adventurous spirit is unexcelled.

From dainty rose to giant cactus, from ant to elephant, from fish to human, Nature is infinite in her scope.

Nature is sculptor, inventor, engineer, artist, architect, musician, friend and foe.

As sculptor Nature works on cliffs and canyon walls carving figures and towers, turrets and castles.  Rock erosion is her chisel; rushing, pounding waters are her hammers.

As inventor Nature designs creatures that crawl, climb, leap, fly, jump, run, swim.  They come in endless shapes, sizes, coloring, with fins, fangs, feathers, claws, shells, feelers, stingers.

As engineer Nature creates a limitless universe with watch-like precision.  She controls hundreds of billions of stars and their spinning planets.  Time and tide, night and day, the flow of magnetic currents, light and air are under her command.

As artist Nature splashes color across the vast canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendor of sunrise and sunset.  She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals.

As architect Nature builds pillars of clouds, rugged mountain ranges, deep canyons, quiet valleys and towering skyscraper trees.

As musician Nature is maestro to ten thousand bird songs, chirping crickets, howl and roar of wild beasts, buzz of insects, trumpeting of elephants, organ music of the surf--the great symphony of forest and jungle.

As friend, Nature works as a creative partner with us, providing the gifts of soil, seed, sun, rain, minerals, chemicals--the forces, elements and ingredients for the preservation, perpetuation and evolution of life.

As foe, Nature sends floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, sandstorms, earthquakes, relentless, devastating forces, to challenge and test our will to conquer and survive.

Nature creates people's homes on earth.  It is a home of contrasts; of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, tranquility and terror.  The whole natural world is the background against which people play their heroic part in the eternal adventure of their becoming.
Nature is a manifestation of the Love of God.  Regardless of what we do, Nature continues to love us.  Let us, therefore, respect and understand what Nature teaches us.    - Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

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