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On the Beauty of Nature

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction."
- Rachel Carson

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
- Rachel Carson

"Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of natures varied forms."
- George Washington Carver

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."
- Martin Luther

" Not to have known- as most men have not-either the mountain or the desert is not to have known one's self. Not to have known one's self is to have known no one."
- Joseph Wood Krutch

"I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips."
- Violette Leduc

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
- Sir John Lubbock

" When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
- John Muir

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"
- John Muir

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
- John Muir

"It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn't own water-skis or a snorkel."
- Bill Vaughan

"Nine planets round the sun, only one does the sun embrace.  Upon this watered one, so much we take for granted; So let us sleep outside tonight, lay down in our mother's arms, for here we can rest safely  … One sweet world around a star is spinning - One sweet world - And in her breath I'm swimming, and here we will rest in peace."
- Dave Matthews, musician and activist

"As strenuous challenge or contemplative retreat, the parks and other units of the national lands offer welcome respite from the world, a safety valve for body and spirit."
- T.H. Watkins

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars."
- Walt Whitman

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"
- Robin Williams

"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks."
- Tennessee Williams

King Range proposed wilderness, California. C.S. Watson, Jr./California Wild Heritage Campaign
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