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Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Desert strategies are useful: In times of drought, pull your resources inward; when water is scarce, find moisture in seeds; to stay strong and supple, send a taproot down deep; run when required, hide when necessary; when hot go underground; do not fear darkness, it’s where one comes alive.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Sorrow has a voice. It is the cold scream of silence turned inward.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Words empower us, move us beyond our suffering and set us free. This is the sorcery of literature. We are healed by our stories.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “This is the sorcery of literature. We are healed by our stories.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I think we have to stand up against what is unacceptable, and to push the boundaries and reclaim a more humane way of being in the world, so that we can extend our compassionate intelligence and begin to work with a strengthened will and imagination that can take us into the future.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I can only say that I believe the Mormon Church is changing because the people inside the church are changing, particularly, the women. And if the women in the Mormon Church are changing, that means the men in the Mormon Church will change – slowly, reluctantly to be sure, but inevitably.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I can only tell where I feel most at home, which is in the erosional landscape of the red rock desert of southern Utah, where the Colorado River cuts through sandstone and the geologic history of the Earth is exposed: our home in Castle Valley.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I write from the place of inquiry. The first draft is a discovery period to see what I know and what I don’t know. My task is simply to follow the words. There are surprises along the way. I just have to get it down. Call it the sculptor’s clay.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “In the dark of the moon there is growth. Plants do not flourish in the noonday sun, but rather in the privacy of the new moon.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I remember a phone call from a friend of mine who lives along the MacKenzie River. She said, “This is the first year in twenty that the chinook salmon have not returned.” This woman knows the names of things. This woman is committed to a place. And she sounded the alarm.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “The story of the Utah prairie dog is the story of the range of our compassion. If we can extend our idea of community to include the lowliest of creatures, call them ‘the untouchables’, then we will indeed be closer to a path of peace and tolerance. if we cannot accommodate ‘the other’, the shadow we will see on our own home ground will be the forecast of our own species’ extended winter of the soul.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “My mother’s journals are a shadow play with mine. I am a woman wedded to words. Words cast a shadow. Without a shadow there is no depth. Without a shadow there is no substance. If we have no shadow, it means we are invisible. As long as I have a shadow, I am alive.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “When I look in the mirror, I see a woman with secrets. When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “The legacy of the Wilderness Act is a legacy of care. It is the act of loving beyond ourselves, beyond our own species, beyond our own time. To honor wildlands and wild lives that we may never see, much less understand, is to acknowledge the world does not revolve around us. The Wilderness Act is an act of respect that protects the land and ourselves from our own annihilation.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “To hold silence and to be silenced are two very different experiences. And so another theme emerges, that of light and shadow. When we share our voice, who benefits? When we withhold, who benefits? And what are the consequences and costs of both?”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Home is where we have a history.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “To be numb to the world is another form of suicide.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Today, I feel stronger, learning to live within the natural cycles of a day and to not expect too much of myself. As women, we hold the moon in our bellies. It is too much to ask to operate on full-moon energy three hundred and sixty-five days a year. I am in a crescent phase.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “We are taught not to trust our own experiences. Great Salt Lake teaches me experience is all we have.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Pico Iyer describes his writing as “intimate letters to a stranger,” and I think that is what the writing process is. It begins with a question, and then you follow this path of exploration.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I was extremely close with my mother and my grandmothers, we shared our lives – fully, honestly – and it was heightened as each succumbed to cancer. Little was hidden between us. No time. And what was hidden, turned inward. I made a vow to speak. Speak or die.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I think my heart breaks daily living in Salt Lake City, Utah. But I still love it. And that is the richness, the texture.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Each voice is distinct and has something to say. Each voice deserves to be heard. But it requires the act of listening.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “What needs to be counted on to have a voice? Courage. Anger. Love. Something to say; someone to speak to; someone to listen.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “We mask our needs as the needs of others.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Tortoise steps, slow steps, four steps like a tank with a tail dragging in the sand. Tortoise steps, land based, land locked, dusty like the desert tortoise herself, fenced in, a prisoner on her own reservation – teaching us the slow art of revolutionary patience.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “When I said, “I am my mother, but I’m not,” I was saying my path would be my own.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “If you waste water, you die.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “The only book worth writing is the book that threatens to kill you.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “The courage to continue before the face of despair is the recognition in those eyes of darkness we find our own night vision. Women blessed with death-eyes are fearless.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I can’t imagine a secular life, a spiritual life, an intellectual life, a physical life. I mean, we would be completely wrought with schizophrenia, wouldn’t we?”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Perhaps this is what our national parks hold for us: stories, of who we have been and who we might become- a reminder that as human beings our histories harbor both darkness and light. To live in the United States of America and tell only one story, from one point of view, diminishes us all.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “The time has come for acts of reverence and restraint on behalf of the Earth. We have arrived at the Hour of Land.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “We can try to kill all that is native, string it up by its hind legs for all to see, but spirit howls and wildness endures.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I think about the poet Rainer Maria Rilke who said that it’s the questions that move us, not the answers. As a writer, I believe that it’s our task, our responsibility, to hold the mirror up to social injustices that we see and to create a prayer of beauty. The questions serve us in that capacity.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Landscape shapes culture.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “These are difficult time, transformative times- times of extreme actions especially within our national parks. Extreme drought. Extreme fires. Extreme development with extreme policy shifts needed in the name of global warming. The world is changing dramatically, both ecologically as well as politically. But I believe our greatest transformation as a species will be spiritual. The word “we” must include all species.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “When you look at the Pueblo communities along the Rio Grande, when you talk to the Navajo people, the Ute people, and certainly the native peoples of California who still have their communities intact, it is what they have always known: that we are not apart from nature but a part of it.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Our public lands – whether a national park or monument, wildlife refuge, forest or prairie – make each one of us land-rich. It is our inheritance as citizens of a country called America.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Word by word, the language of women so often begins with a whisper.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Having lived in Utah all of my life, I can tell that in many ways I know of no place more lonely, no place more unfamiliar. When I talk about how it is both a blessing and a burden to have those kinds of roots, it can be terribly isolating, because when you are so familiar, you know the shadow.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “A pencil is a wand and a weapon. Be careful. Protect yourself. It can be glorious.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I think about capitalism, consumerism, our consumptive nature as a species approaching the 21st century. I certainly don’t have the answers.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “By definition, our national parks in all their particularity and peculiarity show us as much about ourselves as the landscapes they honor and protect. They can be seen as holograms of an America born of shadow and light; dimensional; full of contradictions and complexities. Our dreams, our generosities, our cruelties and crimes are absorbed into these parks like water. The poet Rumi says, “Water, stories, the.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “How do we create beauty in a broken world? How do we create a view of sustainability in an economy that is crashing? How do we reconfigure our lives, how do we pick up the pieces and create a meaningful life? So, yes, we have a different form of leadership but the questions remain the same.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “I love the interrelatedness of things.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “In the early days of the Mormon Church, stewardship toward the land was a priority. It was a matter of survival in the desert.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “We write out of our humanity by writing through our direct experience. That which is most personal is most general, which becomes both our insight and protection as a writers. This is our authority as women, as human beings.”
Terry Tempest Williams Quote: “Artifacts are alive. Each has a voice. They remind us what it means to be human – that it is our nature to survive, to create works of beauty to be resourceful, to be attentive to the world we live in.”
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