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Wendell Berry
August 5, 1934 -
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.


We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?


All right, every day ain't going to be the best day of your life, don't worry about that. If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.


The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.


Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.


The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.


Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.


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.


We cannot comprehend what comprehends us.


It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.


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