"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where 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. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."
- Anne Frank
"There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly,
that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an
impression of beauty and delight."
- Gertrude Jekyll
"Soil is a resource, a living, breathing entity that, if treated properly, will maintain itself.It's our lifeline for survival. When it has finally been depleted, the human population will disappear. .... Project you imagination into the soil below you next time you go into the garden. Think with compassion of the life that exists there. Think, the drama,the sexuality, the harvesting, the work that carries on ceaselessly. Think about the meaning of being a steward for the earth."
- Marjorie Harris, In the Garden, 1995
"If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy,it will in the end not produce food either." Joseph Wood Krutch
"Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring."
- William Alexander, A Father's Book, 1997.
"God owns heaven, but He craves the earth." - Anne Sexton
"The little things? The little moments? They aren't little."
- John Zabat-Zinn
"Remain true to the earth."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind."
- Scott Nearing
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
All photographs by me.