Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature.
- Marcus Aurelius
Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?
- L. M. Montgomery
Earth, old man of the planets, you suck at my foot which wants to fly.
- Nelly Sachs
Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.
- Willa Cather
Every flower holds the whole mystery in its short cycle, and in the garden we are never far away from death, the fertilizing, good, creative death.
- May Sarton
Flowers and plants are silent presences; they nourish every sense except the ear.
- May Sarton
For all at last return to the sea-to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.
- Rachel Carson
For all the toll the desert takes of a man it gives compensation deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars.
- Mary Austin
Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature.
- Penelope Hobhouse
Hear the prayers of an earth stricken with pain: In the green woods, O may the birds/ Sing supreme again.
- Rabindranath Tagore
How can I celebrate the planet that, even now, carries me in its fruited womb?
- Diane Ackerman
I can see nature only as an enemy; a highly respected enemy, but an enemy.
- Albert Jay Nock
I go into the wilderness and rediscover the home within.
- China Galland
I had not thought of violets of late, the wild, shy kind that springs beneath your feet in wistful April days.
- Alice Dunbar Nelson
I have stopped sleeping inside. A house is too small, too confining. I want the whole world, and the stars too.
- Sue Hubbell
I keep hearing / tree talk / water words / and I keep knowing what they mean.
- Lucille Clifton
I lean against the birch-tree, my arms around it twine. It pulses, and leaps, and quivers, like a human heart to mine.
- Amy Levy