"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself."
"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."
"The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen."
"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines."
"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
"Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains."
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."
"What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else."
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative."
"Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy."
"My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful."
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
"The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art."
"Only one koan matters - you."
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."
"I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens."
"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art."
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