It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.