"I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun. If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals."
"The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology."
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
"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)