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Wendell Berry Quote: “Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Willing to die you give up your will; keep still, until moved by what moves all else, you move.”
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.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Nature is always trying to tell us that we are not so superior or independent or alone or autonomous as we may think.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Young lovers see a vision of the world redeemed by love. That is the truest thing they ever see, for without it life is death.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Some nights in the midst of this loneliness I swung among the scattered stars at the end of the thin thread of faith alone.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You can’t know where life will take you, but you can commit to a direction.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Our land passes in and out of our bodies just as our bodies pass in and out of our land.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Don’t pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Ask the world to reveal its quietude- not the silence of machines when they are still, but the true quiet by which birdsongs, trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms become what they are, and are nothing else.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Again I resume the long lesson: how small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The more artificial a human environment becomes, the more the word ‘natural’ becomes a term of value.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias. Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A teacher’s major contribution may pop out anonymuosly in the life of some ex-student’s grandchild.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “An economy genuinely local and neighborly offers to localities a measure of security that they cannot derive from a national or a global economy controlled by people who, by principle, have no local commitment.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The life we want is not merely the one we have chosen and made. It is the one we must be choosing and making.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There are some things the arrogant mind does not see; it is blinded by its vision of what it desires.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war but have not the courage to tell us that we must be less greedy and wasteful.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You can’t be a critic by simply being a griper. One has also to search out the examples of good work.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It gets darker and darker and darker, and then Jesus is born.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Sit and be still until in the time of no rain you hear beneath the dry wind’s commotion in the trees the sound of flowing water among the rocks, a stream unheard before, and you are where breathing is prayer.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “At night make me one with the darkness In the morning make me one with the light.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You have to be able to imagine lives that are not yours.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To be sane in a mad time is bad for the brain, worse for the heart.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected. We know that to observe the divisions and ignore the connections is to destroy the tree.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To treat life as less than a miracle is to give up on it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Education in the true sense, of course, is an enablement to serve-both the living human community in its natural household or neighborhood and the precious cultural possessions that the living community inherits or should inherit.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Be thankful and repay Growth with good work and care. Work done in gratitude Kindly, and well, is prayer.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The river is of the earth and it is free. It is rigorously embanked and bound, and yet it is free. To hell with restraint, it says, I have got to be going. It will grind out its dams. It will go over or around them. They will become pieces.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Unexpected wonders happen, not on schedule, or when you expect or want them to happen, but if you keep hanging around, they do happen.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The only sustainable city – and this, to me, is the indispensable ideal and goal – is a city in balance with its countryside.”
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