One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.
We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect
Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.
One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.
Recreational development is a job not of building roads into the lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.