The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.
If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.
The famous balance of nature is the most extraordinary of all cybernetic systems. Left to itself, it is always self-regulated.
If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
Nature takes no account of even the most reasonable of human excuses.
The flowers never waste their sweetness on the desert air or, for that matter, on the jungle air. In fact, they waste it only when nobody except a human being is there to smell it. It is for the bugs and a few birds, not for men, that they dye their petals or waft their scents.
Long before I ever saw the desert I was aware of the mystical overtones which the observation of nature made audible to me. But I have never been more frequently or more vividly aware of them than in connection with the desert phenomena.
Nature, in her blind thirst for life has filled every possible cranny of the rotting earth with some sort of fantastic creature.
To those who study her, Nature reveals herself as extraordinarily fertile and ingenious in devising means, but she has no ends which the human mind has been able to discover or comprehend.
We have not merely escaped from something but into something... We have joined the greatest of all communities, which is not that of man alone but of everything which shares with us the great adventure of being alive.
An abundance of some good things is perfectly compatible with the scarcity of others; that life is everywhere precarious, man everywhere small.
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