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Wilderness Notebook

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Gary Snyder

In wildness is the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau

Wilderness is the state of complete awareness.
Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

People can live their whole lives without love, and still live, and still function. And the same is true of wilderness in that not having known, they don’t know what they’ve missed or what they have lost. It actually doesn’t mean anything until you’ve experienced it yourself.”
– Peter Dombrovskis, Australia’s most celebrated wilderness photographer, Wildness documentary, 2003, cited by Tom Walter

The late E.F. Schumacher believed that there are two places to find wisdom: in nature and in religious traditions. To seek wisdom in nature we should obviously go to those who have loved nature enough to study it. Because science explores nature it can be a powerful source of wisdom. In just about every culture imaginable, religion and science were teammates who offered to the people a cosmic myth that allowed them to live out their lives with meaning.
Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

The wilderness of the Sierra will disappear unless little pieces of nonwilderness become intensely loved by lots of people In other words, Harlem and Saint Louis and Iowa and Kansas and the rest of the world where wilderness has been destroyed must come to be loved by enough of us, or wilderness too is doomed.
– Wes Jackson, Becoming Native to This Place

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
John Muir

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let remaining wilderness be destroyed … if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence.
Wallace Stegner

National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.
Wallace Stegner

We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there.
Edward Abbey

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Joni Mitchell

Though scientists have named 1.7 million species, at least 3.3 million others are still out there, as yet unidentified.
– Elin Kelsey

Nature is a language – can’t you read?
– The Smiths, Ask

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