wilderness

A Quote by George Eliot on inventions, lies, solitude, soul, time, wilderness, wisdom, and path

There is no short-cut no patent tram-road, to wisdom. After all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must still be trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Bruce Cortelyou on achievement, automobiles, country, electricity, finance, government, inventions, life, people, privacy, wilderness, and world

This country has achieved its commercial and financial supremacy under a regime of private ownership. It conquered the wilderness, built our railroads, our factories, our public utilities, gave us the telegraph, the telephone, the electric light, the automobile, the airplane, the radio and a higher standard of living for all the people than obtains anywhere else in the world. No great invention ever came from a government-owned industry.

George Bruce Cortelyou (1862 - 1940)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on history, immortality, leadership, life, people, and wilderness

Brigham Young lived to become immortal in history as an American Moses by leading his people through the wilderness into an unpromised land.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Elaine Christensen on choice, darkness, earth, garden, imagination, immortality, life, loneliness, motherhood, posterity, promises, soul, water, wilderness, and women

EDEN We had no childhood, Eve and I. Eden was our mother's breast. Our lullaby was earth's first whimperings as grass and herb bloomed seasonless. I named them blade, by stem, by stalk in loneliness, before the Gods formed woman from my rib of dust. The garden was our womb: to nurture flesh, acknowledge bone, mold our souls in clay. We found our eyes, we heard our mouths, we filled each nostril full of sky, fingers tasted water, hands touched naked skin, bare as the fish in the four rivers, smooth as the serpent, who walked on subtle feet beneath the one tree, given and forbidden. We were pretenders, Eve and I, beneath its leaves of black and white. We played at being Gods below its fruit-filled limbs, imagined our posterity, and in the shade of its dark promise, we dreamed of immortality. Eden was our childhood, lived before the wilderness, before the curse, before Cherubim. And the Gods knew it was a garden like everyman's filled with only one choice.

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: At the Edges, published by the Utah State Poetry Society, 1990

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A Quote by Edward Fitzgerald on books, paradise, wilderness, and wine

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness - Oh, Wilderness were Paradise now!

Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883)

Source: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Persian writer & astronomer (c.1050–c.1123)

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on flowers, spontaneity, wilderness, and cultivation

I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses!  Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: Desert Solitaire, p. 25

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on boredom, earth, good, hunger, life, love, loyalty, luxury, necessity, needs, paradise, spirit, water, and wilderness

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see. . . . No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, as vital to our lives as water and good bread.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: Desert Solitaire

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A Quote by General Dwight David Eisenhower on conviction, dignity, faith, generations, home, inspiration, labor, men, men and women, problems, responsibility, wilderness, and women

Men and women, inspired by faith in man's dignity, goaded by conviction in man's responsibility, labored that this land might be a better home for those who followed them. Because every American generation attacked its problems with fresh vigor, we have peopled a continent, subdued its prairies and wilderness, tamed its rivers and devoted its resources to the betterment of those who dwell in it.

Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on life, quality, spirit, and wilderness

There is central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: Timeless Way of Building

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A Quote by Austin O'Malley on art, imagination, plants, reason, and wilderness

Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art.

Austin O'Malley (1858 - 1932)

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