The forest makes your heart gentle.  You become one with it... No place for greed or anger there.  Pha Pachak

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Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life.  R. Search

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You didn't come into this world.  You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.  You are not a stranger here.  Alan Watts

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Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck,

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson,

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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

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In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Ralph Waldo Emerson,

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. John Lubbock,

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Khalil Gibran

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I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done. Ernest Hemingway

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Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. Henry David Thoreau

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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

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Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton

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Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. Chad Sugg

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

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You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. Hal Borland

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I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want Andy Warhol

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Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life Rachel Carson

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Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed... if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. James Russell Lowell

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To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves Mahatma Gandhi

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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen

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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy. Sylvia Plath

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The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. ~Galileo Galilei

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

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