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Wendell Berry Quote: “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”

People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.

— Wendell Berry



Wendell Berry Quote: “The earth is what we all have in common.”

The earth is what we all have in common.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.”

If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.”

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “What I stand for is what I stand on.”

What I stand for is what I stand on.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”

Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “A Sustainable Agriculture does not deplete soils or people.”

A Sustainable Agriculture does not deplete soils or people.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.”

In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Eating is an agricultural act.”

Eating is an agricultural act.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “When I rise up, let me rise up joyful like a bird. When I fall, let me fall without regret like a leaf.”

When I rise up, let me rise up joyful like a bird. When I fall, let me fall without regret like a leaf.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do? What does this earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it?”

We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do? What does this earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it?

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.”

There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.”

The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “It is no more possible to live in the future than it is to live in the past. If life is not now, it is never.”

It is no more possible to live in the future than it is to live in the past. If life is not now, it is never.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The Christian gospel is a summons to peace, calling for justice beyond anger, mercy beyond justice, forgiveness beyond mercy, love beyond forgiveness.”

The Christian gospel is a summons to peace, calling for justice beyond anger, mercy beyond justice, forgiveness beyond mercy, love beyond forgiveness.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.”

Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The mind that is not baffled, is unemployed.”

The mind that is not baffled, is unemployed.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Be joyful because it is humanly possible.”

Be joyful because it is humanly possible.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery.”

Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “A good community insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help. A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.”

A good community insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help. A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in common.”

A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in common.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.”

We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “There is much good work to be done by every one of us and we must begin to do it.”

There is much good work to be done by every one of us and we must begin to do it.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “But the only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behavior in the present.”

But the only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behavior in the present.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.”

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”

If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “We live the given life, and not the planned.”

We live the given life, and not the planned.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The incarnate Word is with us, is still speaking, is present always, yet leaves no sign but everything that is.”

The incarnate Word is with us, is still speaking, is present always, yet leaves no sign but everything that is.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.”

Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Violence breeds violence. Acts of violence committed in “justice” or in affirmation of “rights” or in defense of “peace” do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation.”

Violence breeds violence. Acts of violence committed in “justice” or in affirmation of “rights” or in defense of “peace” do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.”

It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water.”

I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “What can’t be helped must be endured.”

What can’t be helped must be endured.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The ecological principle in agriculture is to connect the genius of the place, to fit the farming to the farm.”

The ecological principle in agriculture is to connect the genius of the place, to fit the farming to the farm.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Thinking is the most overrated human activity.”

Thinking is the most overrated human activity.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.”

Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.”

A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.”

Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Under the pavement the dirt is dreaming of grass.”

Under the pavement the dirt is dreaming of grass.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “Physical health doesn’t exist apart from the health of other things. Health ultimately involves the community, and the community ultimately involves the place and natural life of that place, so that real health is harmony with the world.”

Physical health doesn’t exist apart from the health of other things. Health ultimately involves the community, and the community ultimately involves the place and natural life of that place, so that real health is harmony with the world.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.”

You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “In losing stewardship we lose fellowship; we become outcasts from the great neighborhood of creation.”

In losing stewardship we lose fellowship; we become outcasts from the great neighborhood of creation.

— Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry Quote: “The poem is important, but not more than the people whose survival it serves...”

The poem is important, but not more than the people whose survival it serves...

— Wendell Berry

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