Henry Beston

1888 - 1968

A Quote by Henry Beston on animals and respect of all life

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

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A Quote by Henry Beston on beauty, civilization, driving, fear, mystery, and serenity

Our civilization has fallen out of touch with night. With lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

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A Quote by Henry Beston on garden, life, mind, and mystery

A garden is the mirror of a mind. It is a place of life, a mystery of green moving to the pulse of the year, and pressing on and pausing the whole to its own inherent rhythms.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

Source: 1935, Herbs and the Earth

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A Quote by Henry Beston on contentment, earth, garden, needs, and plants

If gardeners will forget a little the phrase, "watering the plants" and think of watering as a matter of "watering the earth" under the plants, keeping up its moisture content and gauging its need, the garden will get on very well.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

Source: Herbs and the Earth, 1935

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Beston on awareness, earth, and poetry

It is only when we are aware of the earth and of the earth as poetry that we truly live.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

Source: Herbs and the Earth, 1935

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Beston on earth, honor, love, rest, and spirit

Touch the earth, love the earth, honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

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A Quote by Henry Beston on nature

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As well expect Nature to answer to your human values as to come into your house and sit in a chair.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

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