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Wendell Berry Quote: “You can’t live entirely alone. You have to have some kind of a support system.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Annual plants are nature’s emergency medical service, seeded in sounds and scars to hold the land until the perennial cover is re-established.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “After a while, though the grief did not go away from us, it grew quiet. What had seemed a storm wailing through the entire darkness seemed to come in at last and lie down.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “When the possessions and households of citizens are no longer honored by the acts, as well as the principles, of their government, then the concentration camp ceases to be one of the possibilities of human nature and becomes one of its likelihoods.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If we do not live where we work and when we work we are wasting our lives and our work too.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There are not enough rich and powerful people to consume the whole world; for that, the rich and powerful need the help of countless ordinary people.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment a life in the breath and pulse and living light of the present.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “As industrial technology advances and enlarges, and in the process assumes greater social, economic, and political force, it carries people away from where they belong by history, culture, deeds, association, and affection.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A liberal education rests on the assumption that nature and human nature do not change very much or very fast and that one therefore needs to understand the past.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Let me say and not mourn: the world lives in the death of speech and sings there.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It’s mighty hard right now to think of anything that’s precious that isn’t endangered. There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “In living in the world by his own will and skill, the stupidest peasant or tribesman is more competent than the most intelligent worker or technician or intellectual in a society of specialists.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Monsanto doesn’t care about feeding the world. We have to think about the wage slavery of migrant workers and salary slavery of those who are desperately unhappy.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To have good farming or good land use of any kind, you have got to have limits. Capitalism doesn’t acknowledge limits.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We are living even now among punishments and ruins.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Charity even for one person does not make sense except in terms of an effort to love all Creation in response to the Creator’s love for it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We cannot comprehend what comprehends us.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “People talk about “job creation,” as if that had ever been the aim the industrial economy. The aim was to replace people with machines.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A man’s life is always dealing with permanence, that is the most dangerous kind of irresponsibility is to think of your doings as temporary.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “So friends, every day do something that won’t compute.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A farmer’s market is worth more than everything I’ve written.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We have become blind to the alternatives to violence.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Without animals, something essential is removed from the minds of the farmers.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “We are living in the most destructive and, hence, the most stupid period of the history of our species.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The acquisition of knowledge always involves the revelation of ignorance-almost is the revelation of ignorance.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The primary motive for good care and good use of the land-community is always going to be affection, which is too often lacking.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “A man who does not ask to much become the promise of his land. His marriage married to his place, he waits and does not stray.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The rule, acknowledged or not, seems to be that if we have great power we must use it. We would use a steam shovel to pick up a dime. We have experts who can prove there is no other way to do it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Only the action that is moved by love for the good at hand has the hope of being responsible and generous.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Reverence makes it possible to be whole, though ignorant. It is the wholeness of understanding.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Commercial conquest is far more thorough and final than military defeat.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “American agriculture is badly in need of diversity. Another threat to the food system of course is the likelihood that petroleum is not going to get any cheaper.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There’s nothing under the ground that’s worth more than the little layer of topsoil sitting on top of it.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Far from making peace, wars invariably serve as classrooms and laboratories where men and techniques and states of mind are prepared for the next war.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication of its equipment the size of its income or even the statistics of its productivity but the good health of the land.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “Do not tax your life with forethought of grief.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “My wish simply is to live my life as fully as I can. In both our work and our leisure, I think, we should be so employed. And in our time this means that we must save ourselves from the products that we are asked to buy in order, ultimately, to replace ourselves.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “There is change by necessity or adaptation, and there is contrived change or novelty.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The road is a word, conceived elsewhere and laid across the country in the wound prepared for it: a word made concrete and thrust among us.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “You think winter will never end, and then, when you don’t expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “If you can read and have more imagination than a doorknob, what need do you have for a ‘movie version’ of a novel?”
Wendell Berry Quote: “The form of a poem is invisible. A poem is not an “object.” This is hard to accept in a mechanical age.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we ‘know’ that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “But in its de facto alliance with Caesar, Christianity connives directly in the murder of Creation. For in these days, Caesar is no longer a mere destroyer of armies, cities, and nations. He is a contradicter of the fundamental miracle of life.”
Wendell Berry Quote: “When I think of the meaning of food, I always remember these lines by the poet William Carlos Williams, which seem to me merely honest: There is nothing to eat, seek it where you will, but of the body of the Lord. The blessed plants and the sea, yield it to the imagination intact.”
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