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Wisdom of the Sages

Quotations from the world's Great Sages.
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"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe ... We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive."
- Albert Einstein
"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein
"Modern man no longer regards Nature as being in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave towards her as an overwhelming conqueror and tyrant. "
- Aldous Huxley
"There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of the wind. "
- Annie Dillard
"We must never lose our sense of awe at the magnificance of this planet."
- Anonymous
"Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it."
- Arapaho
"All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them."
- Arapaho
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
- Aristotle
"Nature does nothing uselessly."
- Aristotle
"If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way."
- Aristotle
"Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring."
- Author Unknown
"Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. "
- Blaise Pascal
"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.  "
- Brooke Medicine Eagle
"Now we are at the very end of our trail. Many people no longer recognize the true path of the Great Spirit. They have, in fact, no respect for the Great Spirit, or for our precious mother earth, who gives us all life.

We were instructed in our ancient prophecy that this would occur. We were told that someone would try to go up to the moon; that they would bring something back from the moon; and after that, nature would show signs of loosing its balance. Now we see that coming about. All over the world there are now signs that nature is no longer in balance. Floods, droughts, earthquakes and great storms are occurring and causing much suffering……

There are many of you in this world who are honest people. We know you spiritually for we are the ‘Men’s Society Grandfathers’ who have been charged to pray for you and all life on earth, never forgetting anything or anyone in our ceremonials. Our prayer is to have a good happy life, with plenty of soft, gentle rain for abundant crops. We pray for balance on earth to live in peace and leave a beautiful world to the children yet to come. We know you have good hearts but good hearts are not enough to help us out with these great problems.

So many people have come to us to Hopiland to meet with us. Some of you we have met on your lands. Many times people have asked how they can help us. Now I hope and pray that your help will come. If you have a way to spread the truth, through newspapers, radio, books, through meeting with powerful people – tell them the truth! Tell them what you know to be true. Tell them what you have seen here; what you have heard us say; what you have seen with your own eyes. In this way, if we do fall, let it be said that we tried, right up to the end, to hold fast to the path of peace as we were originally instructed by the Great Spirit. Should you really succeed, we will realize our mistakes of the past and return to the true path – living in harmony as brothers and sisters, sharing our mother, the earth, with all other living creatures.

In this way we could bring about a new world. A world which would be led by the Great Spirit, and in which our Mother will provide plenty and happiness for all."

- Chief Dan Evahema of the Tradi
"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
- Claude Monet
"Nature, like a loving mother, is ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush and angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony, and beauty may reign supreme."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Love all of God's creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day, and you will come at last to love the world with an all-embracing love."
- Fyodor Dostoyevski
"The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
- Galileo
"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
- Gandhi
"Where there is love there is life."
- Gandhi
"Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature. "
- Gerard De Nerval
"We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. We can never have enough of nature."
- Henry David Thoreau
"The sun is but a morning star."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself."
- Henry David Thoreau
"All nature wears one universal grin."
- Henry Fielding
"All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within."
- Horace Friess
"If we are "all creatures great and small," from bacteria to whales, part of Gaia then we are all of us potentially important to her well being. We knew in our hearts that the destruction of a whole ranges of other species was wrong but now we know why. No longer can we merely regret the passing of one of the great whales, or the blue butterfly, nor even the smallpox virus. When we eliminate one of these from Earth, we may have destroyed a part of ourselves, for we also are a part of Gaia.
There are many possibilities for comfort as there are for dismay in contemplating the consequences of our membership in this great commonwealth of living things. It may be that one role we play is as the senses and nervous system for Gaia. Through our eyes she has for the first time seen her very fair face and in our minds become aware of herself. We do indeed belong here. The earth is more than just a home, it's a living system and we are part of it."

- James Lovelock
"Those of us who consider ourselves to be somehow involved in the birthing of a new age, should discover Gaia as well. The idea of Gaia may facilitate the task of converting destructive human activities to constructive and cooperative behavior. It is an idea which deeply startles us, and in the process, may help us as a species to make the necessary jump to planetary awareness."
- James Lovelock
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
- John Muir
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. "
- Kahlil Gibran
"Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun. "
- Kahlil Gibran
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. "
- Kahlil Gibran
"And you, vast sea, sleepless mother,
Who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream,
Only another winding will this stream make, only another murmer in this glade,
And then shall I come to you, a boundless drop to a boundless ocean."

- Kahlil Gibran
"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."
- Karle Wilson Baker
"Mizu O Kiku Sureba, Tsuki Te Ni Ari:
Scoop up the water, the moon is in your hands. "

- Kido Chigu
"Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant."
- Kiowa
"When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard."
- Lakota Sioux
"I thank the earth for feeding my body,
I thank the sun for warming my bones,
I thank the trees for the air I breathe,
And I thank the water for nourishing my soul."

- Leah Wolfsong
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature."
- Oglala Sioux
"I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
As she dances about the sun."

- Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day.
It is the same life that emerges in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flower."

- Rabindranath Tagore
"In every out thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth."
- Rachel Carson
"It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility."
- Rachel Carson
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
- Rachel Carson
"It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility."
- Rachel Carson
"Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Give me a spark of Nature's fire. That's all the learning I desire."
- Robert Burns
"Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint."
- Robert Frost
"We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth."
- Shenandoah Saying
"With all things and in all things,we are relatives."
- Sioux saying
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives."
- Sioux saying
"However quick the stream may be,
It does not carry away the reflection of the moon."

- Traditional Zen proverb
"When you were born, you criedand the world rejoiced.Live your lifeso that when you die,the world cries and you rejoice."
- White Elk
"Pleasure is spread through the earthIn stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find."
- William Wordsworth
"Tis my faith that every flowerEnjoys the air it breathes!"
- William Wordsworth

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