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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.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The mercy of the world is time. Time does not stop for love, but it does not stop for death and grief, either.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Specialization is the great evil of civilization.”
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: “I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Our model citizen is a sophisticate who, before puberty, understands how to produce a baby, but who at the age of thirty will not know how to produce a potato.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To love anything good, at any cost, is a bargain.”
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: “A change of heart or of values without a practice is only another pointless luxury of a passively consumptive way of life.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To be patient in an emergency is a terrible trial.”
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: “To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “All right, every day ain’t going to be the best day of your life, don’t worry about that. If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Why I am NOT going to buy a computer.”
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: “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: “A person who undertakes to grow a garden at home, by practices that will preserve rather than exploit the economy of the soil, has his mind precisely against what is wrong with us.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires.”
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: “Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The significance – and ultimately the quality – of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There are moments when the heart is generous, and then it knows that for better or worse our lives are woven together here, one with one another and with the place and all the living things.”
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: “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: “Every day you have less reason not to give yourself away.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Individualism is going around these days in uniform, handing out the party line on individualism.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We will instead have to measure our economy by the health of the ecosystems and human communities where we do our work.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The securest guarantee of the long-term good health of both farmland and city is, I believe, locally produced food.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “People need to feed themselves, next they need to feed their own communities.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “O Thou, Far off and here, whole and broken, Who in necessity and in bounty wait, Whose truth is light and dark, mute though spoken, By Thy wide grace show me Thy narrow gate.”
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: “Wendell Berry’s formula for a good life and a good community is simple and pleasingly unoriginal. Slow down. Pay attention. Do good work. Love your neighbours. Love your place. Stay in your place. Settle for less, enjoy it more.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The world is not given by our fathers, but borrowed from our children.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The hierarchy of power is not the same as the hierarchy of value. A good human is higher than the animals on both scales; an evil human is high on the scale of power, but at the very bottom of the scale of values.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Love changes, and in change is true.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We clasp the hands of those who go before us.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If change is to come, it will have to come from the margins.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You cannot save the land apart from the people, or the people apart from the land.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true.”
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: “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: “We live beyond words, as also we live beyond computation and beyond theory.”
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: “Without prosperous local economies, the people have no power and the land no voice.”
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