Wisdom in Words: Quotes


Quotes in the spirit of gardening, the love of nature and animals, books, lifestyles and inpiration, from authors and personalities both ancient and modern.

Animal Quotes (about animals: cats, dogs, pigs, horses…)

“Are you a vegetarian?” I ask, based on the evidence in front of me.
She nods.
“Because I have this theory that when we die, every animal that we’ve eaten has a chance at eating us back. So if you’re a carnivore and you add up all the animals you’ve eaten–well, that’s a long time in purgatory, being chewed.”
She laughs. “No. I’m just sick of the question. I mean, I’m a vegetarian because I think it’s wrong to eat other sentient creatures. And it sucks for the environment.”

— David Levithan, Every Day

Not responding is a response–we are equally responsible for what we don’t do. In the case of animal slaughter, to throw your hands in the air is to wrap your fingers around a knife handle.

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals


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Book Quotes (books and reading…)

Our children no longer learn how to read the great book of nature from their own direct experience, or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water come from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens.

— Wendell Berry

Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around.

— Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen


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Garden Quotes (gardens, growing plants, gardening…)

Anthropocentric as [the gardener] may be, he recognizes that he is dependent for his health and survival on many other forms of life, so he is careful to take their interests into account in whatever he does. He is in fact a wilderness advocate of a certain kind. It is when he respects and nurtures the wilderness of his soil and his plants that his garden seems to flourish most.

— Michael Pollan

Gardening is a kind of disease.  It infects you, you cannot escape it.  When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed. 

— Lewis Gannit


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Mexico Quotes (all things Mexican…)

[O]ne is never really lost in Mexico. All streets lead to a good cantina. All good stories start in cantinas.

— Rodolfo Anaya

The past seems to infuse into the present, and in the brown, wringled faces of the old people one sees the presence of the past.

— Rodolfo Anaya


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Nature Quotes (the earth, trees, mountains…)

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. 

— Eleonora Duse

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. 

— Albert Einstein


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 Posted by on December 2, 2012