Miscellaneous Nature Quotations

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee


“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”.                                                                          ————William Shakespeare

“Tense? Frustrated? Discouraged? Have a tough decision to make? This may be the time to visit my friendly psychiatrist, Old Doc Log. You’ll find him patient, willing to listen. And his price is right. His procedures are beautifully simple: the results, impressive……Doc Log has branch offices wherever there’s a rock to sit on, a tree to lean against, waves lapping a shore, a rippling stream. Even a park bench can bring results if there are trees, squirrels, pigeons, ducks – wild, natural things instead of the hard, square lines of man’s world….surrounded by the beauty and wisdom of nature, my problem somehow seems less formidable…”                                                                                                                    ———–From  “Meet My Psychiatrist” by Les Blacklock

“Personally, I feel both happier and more secure when I am reminded that I have the backing of something older and perhaps more permanent than I am – the something, I mean, which taught the flower to count five and the beetle to know that spots are more pleasing if arranged in a definite order. Some of the most important secrets are, they assure me, known to others than myself”.                                                                              ———–From “The Best of Two Worlds” by Joseph Wood Krutch, American Naturalist.

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature”.                                                                                                                     ———–By Anne Frank

“The world of today is sick to its thin blood for lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water welling from the earth, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot.”

“When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit…man becomes…a kind of cosmic outlaw, having neither the completeness and integrity of the animal, nor the birthright of a true humanity.”

———–Henry Beston, The Outermost House


Michael Patrick McCarty

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