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Born: 1934-08-05
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can't be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy.

Tags: Food, May, Off

The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

Tags: Bad, Good, Past

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.

Tags: Earth, Hope, Nature

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

Tags: Justice, Nature, Sense

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

Tags: After, Care, Hope

For any sin, we all suffer. That is why our suffering is endless.

Tags: Sin, Suffering, Why

All right, every day ain't going to be the best day of your life, don't worry about that. If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.

Tags: Best, Life, Worry

To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.

Tags: Food, Interested, Production

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.

Tags: Argument, Red, Rise

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?

Tags: Enough, Learn, Time

Why should conservationists have a positive interest in... farming? There are lots of reasons, but the plainest is: Conservationists eat.

Tags: Interest, Positive, Why

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Tags: History, Peace, Time

It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.

Tags: Learn, Ourselves

We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease.

Tags: Alone, God, Truth

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.

Tags: Healing, Nature, Place

This, I thought, is what is meant by 'thy will be done' in the Lord's Prayer, which I had prayed time and again without thinking about it. It means that your will and God's will may not be the same. It means there's a good possibility that you won't get what you pray for. It means that in spite of your prayers you are going to suffer.

Tags: God, Good, Time

It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.

Tags: Daily, Death, Fact

An economy genuinely local and neighborly offers to localities a measure of security that they cannot derive from a national or a global economy controlled by people who, by principle, have no local commitment.

Tags: Cannot, Economy, Security

The primary motive for good care and good use of the land-community is always going to be affection, which is too often lacking.

Tags: Care, Good, Often

These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.

Tags: Justice, Mean, Said

We cannot comprehend what comprehends us.

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Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

Tags: Justice, Nature, Sense

I prayed like a man walking in a forest at night, feeling his way with his hands, at each step fearing to fall into pure bottomlessness forever. Prayer is like lying awake at night, afraid, with your head under the cover, hearing only the beating of your own heart.

Tags: Feeling, Heart, Night

If conservationists will attempt to resume responsibility for their need to eat, they will be led back fairly directly to all their previous concerns for the welfare of nature.

Tags: Eat, Nature, Welfare

If I was freer than I had ever been in my life, I was not yet entirely free, for I still hung on to an idea that had been set deep in me by all my schooling so far: I was a bright boy and I ought to make something out of myself... something else that would be a cut or two above my humble origins.

Tags: Deep, Humble, Life

To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we 'know' that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.

Tags: Death, Hear, War

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