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Beauty, Fondness, Compassion and Empathy

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The Wisdom of Nature

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~Lao Tzu

 

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

 

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The poetry of the earth is never dead.  ~John Keats

 

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In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.  ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 22 December 1967

 

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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, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

 

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Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

 

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How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!  ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

 

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Nature: The Beautiful Network

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part self, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of opticaldelusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison forus, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for afew persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”― Albert Einstein

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” George Santayana

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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air,mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves ofstrength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”― Gary Snyder

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“Nature is my manifestation of God.I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”― Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”― Isaac Newton

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“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of beinguseful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not  accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”― Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

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“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountainand the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”― John Lubboc

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“Going to the woods is going home.”― John Muir

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” George Santayana

GreenMarshLand

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air,mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

FractaledLeafs

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves ofstrength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is somethinginfinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance at dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

Nature is Kin

FlowerAnd the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

SnakeThe good man is the friend of all living things. Mahatma Gandhi

Frog & FliesNature 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. Henry David Thoreau

SwampLook deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  Albert Einstein

Preying MantisOne touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare

The Elegance of Nature

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran

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“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs

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“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” William Shakespeare

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“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse

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“When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran

The Art Of Living

“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”

Bee to Flower Pollination“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

Dandelion Macro“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”

Bullfrogs Mating“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

Bright Yellow Flower“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.”

Pink Flowers“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Bright Yellow Flower “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

“Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.”

*All quotes by Alan Watts

Flowers We Have Seen

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. ~Abraham Lincoln

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth. ~Yukio Mishima

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see – or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. ~Alice Walker

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. ~David Herbert Lawrence

All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star. ~Francis Thompson

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard De Nerval

Everybody has a right to like or dislike anything or anyone. From a flower to a flavor to a book or a composition but it is very sad that in our country we actually fight over such things in an unseemly manner. ~Ravi Shankar

Earth is a flower and it’s pollinating. ~Neil Young

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all. ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue? ~James Montgomery

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~John Muir

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir