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Wendell Berry Quote: “The only true and effective “operator’s manual for spaceship earth” is not a book that any human will ever write; it is hundreds of thousands of local cultures.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Hunger is a powerful persuader if it happens, and it’s conceivable that it could happen. Country people have always known this.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can’t be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Action can only be understood in relation to place; only by staying in place can the imagination conceive or understand action in terms of consequence, of cause and effect. The meaning of action in time is inseparable from its meaning in place.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “No wonder so many sermons are devoted exclusively to “spiritual” subjects. If one is living by the tithes of history’s most destructive economy, then the disembodiment of the soul becomes the chief of worldly conveniences.”
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: “It would take me years of reading, thought, and experience to learn again that in this world limits are not only inescapable but indispensable.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Give your approval to all you cannot understand.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If we do not serve what coheres and endures, we serve what disintegrates and destroys.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The connections between people and land are dangerously oversimplified and mainly technological.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To mind being disliked by a woman you don’t desire and are not married to is yet another serious failure of common sense.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The good of the whole of Creation, the world and all its creatures together, is never a consideration because it is never thought of; our culture now simply lacks the means for thinking of it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The world is whole beyond human knowing.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You have to be able to imagine lives that are not yours.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “What leads to peace is not violence but peaceableness, which is not passivity, but an alert, informed, practiced, and active state of being.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We can make ourselves whole only by accepting our partiality, by living within our limits, by being humans not by trying to be gods.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There is no sense and no sanity in objecting to the desecration of the flag while tolerating and justifying and encouraging as a daily business the desecration of the country for which it stands.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To love anything good, at any cost, is a bargain.”
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: “To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “All goes back to the earth, and so I do not desire pride of excess or power, but the contentments made by men who have had little: the fisherman’s silence receiving the river’s grace, the gardener’s musing on rows...”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The ability to speak exactly is intimately related to the ability to know exactly.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The presence of the present has become insistent, undeniable, and I dare not look away.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “When going back makes sense, you are going ahead.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We are far more concerned about the desecration of the flag than we are about the desecration of our land.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The aim of industrialization has always been to replace people with machines or other technology, to make the cost of production as low as possible, to sell the product as high as possible, and to move the wealth into fewer and fewer hands.”
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: “Long live gravity! Long live stupidity, error, and greed in the palaces of fantasy capitalism!”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A man with a machine and inadequate culture is a pestilence.”
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: “The old and honorable idea of ‘vocation’ is simply that we each are called, by God, or by our gifts, or by our preference, to a kind of good work for which we are particularly fitted.”
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: “All we can do to prepare rightly for tomorrow is to do the right thing today.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “An art that heals and protects its subject is a geography of scars.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You cannot devalue the body and value the soul Or value anything else.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We don’t know how to use energy or what to use it for. And we cannot restrain ourselves. Our time is characterized as much by the abuse and waste of human energy as it is by the abuse and waste of fossil fuel energy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We can fight the global economy with a strong local economy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The damages of our present agriculture all come from the determination to use the life of the soil as if it were an extractable resource like coal.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Never forget: We are alive within mysteries.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If the crop of any one year was all, a man would have to cut his throat every time it hailed.”
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: “The mercy of the world is you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I lack the peace of simple things. I am never wholly in place. I find no peace or grace. We sell the world to buy fire, our way lighted by burning men...”
Wendell Berry Quote: “When the mind’s an empty room The clear days come.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “When you are new at sheep-raising and your ewe has a lamb, your impulse is to stay there and help it nurse and see to it and all. After a while you know that the best thing you can do is walk out of the barn.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I have always loved a window, especially an open one.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It’s the impeded stream that sings.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Having hope is hard; harder when you get older.”
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