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Wendell Berry Quote: “At night make me one with the darkness In the morning make me one with the light.”
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: “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: “But the sower going forth to sow sets foot into time to come, the seeds falling on his own place. He has prepared a way for his life to come to him, if it will. Like a tree, he has given roots to the earth, and stands free.”
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: “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: “Love changes, and in change is true.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.”
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 latest technology is not always good for anything except to the producers of the technology.”
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: “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We can grow good wheat and make good bread only if we understand that we do not live by bread alone.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The world is not given by our fathers, but borrowed from our children.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We cannot hope to be secure when our government has declared, by its readiness to act alone, its willingness to be everybody’s enemy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Much of our waste problem is to be accounted for by the intentional flimsiness and unrepairability of the labor-savers and gadgets that we have become addicted to.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I could die in peace, I think, if the world was beautiful. To know it’s being ruined is hard.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is impossible to prefigure the salvation of the world in the same language by which the world has been dismembered and defaced.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To be patient in an emergency is a terrible trial.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is to be broken. It is to be torn open. It is not to be reached and come to rest in ever. I turn against you, I break from you, I turn to you. We hurt, and are hurt, and have each other for healing. It is healing. It is never whole.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Battle with unconditioned breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensional life; stay away from screens.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I don’t believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Individualism is going around these days in uniform, handing out the party line on individualism.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We live beyond words, as also we live beyond computation and beyond theory.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We clasp the hands of those who go before us.”
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: “You don’t need to be told some things. You can sometimes tell more by a man’s silence and the set of his head than by what he says.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To work without pleasure or affection, to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is certain, I think, that the best government is the one that governs the least. But there is a much-neglected corollary: the best citizen is the one who least needs governing.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It’s impossible to contemplate the life of soil very long without seeing its analogy to the life of the spirit.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Without prosperous local economies, the people have no power and the land no voice.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “One cannot be aware both of the history of Christian war and of the contents of the gospels without feeling that something is amiss.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Corn and bean people, I’m afraid, have extremely specialized minds.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is, of course, one of the miracles of science that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I am an ignorant pilgrim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led – make of that what you will.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The two great aims of industrialism – replacement of people by technology and concentration of wealth into the hands of a small plutocracy – seem close to fulfillment.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The language that reveals also obscures.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “That we should have an agriculture based as much on petroleum as the soil-that we need petroleum exactly as much as we need food and must have it before we can eat-may seem absurd. It is absurd. It is nevertheless true.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You cannot save the land apart from the people, or the people apart from the land.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Our obsession with security is a measure of the power we have granted the future to hold over us.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Beware the machinery of longevity. When a man’s life is over the decent thing is for him to die. The forest does not withhold itself from death. What it gives up it takes back.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Waking up from a dream of violence is much the same as waking up from a dream of love. You must go on living your life.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Not just self-restraint, that old killjoy, but communal restraint.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The tractor’s arrival had signaled, among other things, agriculture’s shift from an almost exclusive dependence on free solar energy to a total dependence on costly fossil fuel.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I think the issues of identity mostly are poppycock. We are what we have done, which includes our promises, includes our hopes, but promises first.”
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