We are earth of this earth, and we are bone of its bone. This is a prayer I sing, for we have forgotten this and so the earth is perishing.
- Barbara Deming
We are the land. To the best of my understanding, that is the fundamental idea that permeates American Indian life.
- Paula Gunn Allen
We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it….That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago.
- Rose Elizabeth Bird.
We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand; but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways.
- Clarence Day
We use the word "wilderness," but perhaps we mean wildness. Isn't that why I've come here? In wilderness, I seek the wildness in myself-and in so doing, come on the wildness everywhere around me because, after all, being aprt of nature, I'm cut from the same cloth.
- Gretel Ehrlich
Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in and around your lettuce and green beans.
- Marcelene Cox
When I stepped away from the white pine, I had the definite feeling that we had exchanged some form of life energy…..Clearly white pines and I are on the same wavelength. What I give back to the trees I cannot imagine. I hope they receive something, because trees are among my closest friends.
- Anne Labastille
When your eye is so trained that it may discover the beauty that dwells in that vast, still corner of the world, and your ear is attuned to catch the music of the plains or the anthems sun in deep canons by the winds; when your heart finds comradeship in the mountains and the great sand-seas, the sun and the stars, and the huge cloud-drifts that the Desert winds set a rolling round the world-when all these reach your heart by way of your eye and your ear, then you shall find one of the alluring ways that belongs to the Desert.
- Idah Meacham Strobridge
While man the scientist was developing his first aerial bomb-a bomb that would one day be charged with enough explosives to wipe out a hundred thousand people-the tiny flea wiped out ten million in India alone.
- James Clark
Wolves are brotherly. They love each other, and if you learn to speak to them, they will love you too.
- Jean Craighead
Wolves …..are a balance wheel of nature.
- Lois Crisler
Yesterday I sat in a field of violets for along time perfectly still, until I really sank into it-into the rhythm of the place, I mean-then when I got up to go home I couldn't walk quickly or evenly because I was still in time with the filed.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
You have driven away our game and our means of livelihood out of the country, until now we have nothing left that is valuable except the Black Hills that you ask us to give up….The earth is full of minerals of all kinds, and on the earth the ground is covered with forests of heavy pine, and when we give up these we know that we give up the last thing that is valuable to us or the white people.
- Wanigi Ska