Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.
The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing.
The human mind can appreciate the One only by seeing it first in the Many.
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far-seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.
Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.
Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.
To have passed through life and never experienced solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.
It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.
If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.
True tragedy may be defined as a dramatic work in which the outward failure of the principal personage is compensated for by the dignity and greatness of his character.
If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
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.
To be individually righteous is the first of all duties, come what may to ones self, to one's country, to society, and to civilization itself.
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.
Whenever man forgets that man is an animal, the result is always to make him less humane.
The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.... Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. This is the very three a.m. of the calendar.
We need some contact with the things we sprang from. We need nature at least as a part of the context of our lives. Without cities we cannot be civilized. Without nature, without wilderness even, we are compelled to renounce an important part of our heritage.
The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.
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.
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
Anxiety and distress, interrupted occasionally by pleasure, is the normal course of man's existence.
In the long run our boasted control of nature is a delusion.
Happiness is a kind of gratitude and vice versa.
In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
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