"I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals, they are so placid and self-contained, They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago. Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth"
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
"Classrooms were nothing more than parking lots to me, places to park a mind rather than drive one wild in the glorious woods, through the dangerous present in the winter when the whole real world struggles to survive. For me, double doors and desks are the end of imagination, the end of animals, the end of nature and the end of tribes."
— Almost Browne, by Gerald Vizenor
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
"I have found that some of the simplest things have given me the most pleasure. They didn’t cost me a lot of money either. They just worked on my senses. Did you ever pick very large blueberries after a summer rain Walk through a grove of cottonwoods, open like a park, and see the blue sky beyond the shimmering gold of the leaves? Pull on dry woolen socks after you’ve peeled off the wet ones? Come in out of the subzero and shiver yourself warm in front of a wood fire? The world is full of such things."
"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 (via beyondadventurejournal)
"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages."
"I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses."
— Friedrich Nietzsche
"Do it or don’t do it — you will regret both."
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth."