Land quotes

  • You work here [on the farm] simply without philosophizing; sometimes the work is hard and crowded with pettiness. But at times you feel a surge of cosmic exaltation, like the clear light of the heavens... . And you, too, seem to be taking root in the soil which you are digging, to be nourished by the rays of the sun, to share life with the tiniest blade of grass, with each flower; living in nature's depths, you seem then to rise and grow into the vast expanse of the universe.
    -- A. D. Gordon

    #Flower #Light #Land

  • That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Land #Shining #Nostalgia

  • Into my hear an air that kills through yon far country blows what are those blue remembered hills what spires,what farms are those? that is the land of lost content I can see it shining plain the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Country #Blow #Land

  • Give me a land of boughs in leaf A land of trees that stand; Where trees are fallen there is grief; I love no leafless land.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Grief #Land #Giving

  • Good night; ensured release, Imperishable peace, Have these for yours. * While sky and sea and land And earth's foundations stand And heaven endures. *These three lines are on the tablet over Housman's grave in the parish church at Ludlow, Shropshire, England
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Good Night #Sea #Land

  • Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself.
    -- Abba Eban

    #Land #Names #People

  • We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Land #Culture #Way

  • O, beautiful and grand, My own, my native land! Of thee I boast: Great empire of the west, The dearest and the best, Made up of all the rest, I love thee most.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Beautiful #Country #Land

  • Does not the passage of Moses and the Israelites into the Holy Land yield incomparably more poetic variety than the voyages of Ulysses or Aeneas?
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Bible #Yield #Land

  • When Israel was from bondage led,Led by the Almighty's handFrom out of foreign land,The great sea beheld and fled.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Israel #Sea #Land

  • The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Art #Garden #Land

  • The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Land #People #Support

  • Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Men #Doors #Land

  • A land without ruins is a land without memories - a land without memories is a land without history.
    -- Abram Joseph Ryan

    #Memories #Land #History

  • We never had planned to hijack a ship. We never thought of any war plans outside the Palestinian lands. We wished that the program had not failed and then the warriors could have achieved their goals.
    -- Abu Abbas

    #War #Land #Goal

  • California ... is the place that sets the trends and establishes the values for the rest of the country; like a slow ooze, California culture spreads eastward across the land.
    -- Ada Louise Huxtable

    #Country #Land #California

  • I have feelings that are to the right, and I have feelings that land on the left side of the aisle. The thing is if you have 10 views that land you on the left side of the aisle and two views that land you on the right side of the aisle, then people just put you on the right side of the aisle. I'm not sure why.
    -- Adam Carolla

    #Views #Land #Two

  • The way you really stop Al-Qaeda is by stopping their funding. It's not by carpet-bombing or land invasions or anything.
    -- Adam McKay

    #Land #Stopping #Invasion

  • As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Country #Men #Land

  • You're entering dangerous land when you start theorising about comedy.
    -- Ade Edmondson

    #Land #Entering #Comedy

  • Sun and wind and beat of sea, Great lands stretching endlessly... Where be bonds to bind the free? All the world was made for me!
    -- Adelaide Crapsey

    #Land #Wind #Sea

  • It must be thoroughly understood that the lost land will never be won back by solemn appeals to the God, nor by hopes in any League of Nations, but only by the force of arms.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Land #League #Arms

  • Germany has solemnly recognized and guaranteed France her frontiers as determined after the Saar plebiscite... We thereby finally renounced all claims to Alsace-Lorraine, a land for which we have fought two great wars.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Land #Two

  • A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed - from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution.
    -- Adrian Cronauer

    #Simple #Law #Land

  • This land is a monopoly of erroneous ideas.
    -- Adriano Celentano

    #Clever #Land #Ideas

  • Resistance in Palestine will continue until the final liberation of all the Palestinian lands.
    -- Ahmed Yassin

    #Land #Resistance #Finals

  • Hamas' battle is against the Zionist occupation in the Palestinian land. Hamas has no desire to change its battlefield.
    -- Ahmed Yassin

    #Change #Land #Desire

  • The uniqueness of the United States in human history is the United States is the first global power in human history which emerged far away from Africa or Asia, which is the main land of human history.
    -- Ahmet Davutoglu

    #Land #United States #Asia

  • I am talking about societies drained of their essence, cultures trampled underfoot, institutions undermined, lands confiscated, religions smashed, magnificent artistic creations destroyed, extraordinary possibilities wiped out.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Talking #Land #Essence

  • I watched the land for as long as I could, until it disappeared behind its shawl of mist, and until I had it fixed in my mind - unchanged, mysterious and beautiful
    -- Aimee Friedman

    #Beautiful #Land #Long

  • The empty mind - the pure mind - is not a blank, zero-land, where you're not feeling or caring about anything. It's an effulgence of the mind. It's a brightness that is truly sensitive and accepting. It's an ability to accept life as it is. When we accept life as it is, we can respond appropriately to the way we're experiencing it, rather than just reacting out of fear and aversion.
    -- Ajahn Sumedho

    #Zero #Caring #Land

  • When you are risen on the eastern horizon You have filled every land with your beauty... Though you are far away, your rays are on Earth.
    -- Akhenaton

    #Land #Rays #Horizon

  • Everyone has his food, and his time of life is reckoned.Their tongues are separate in speech,And their natures as well;Their skins are distinguished,As thou distinguishest the foreign peoples.Thou makest a Nile in the underworld,Thou bringest forth as thou desirestTo maintain the peopleAccording as thou madest them for thyself,The lord of all of them, wearying with them,The lord of every land, rising for them,The Aton of the day, great of majesty.
    -- Akhenaton

    #Land #Skins #Rising

  • I'm a realist. Where I come from, 'phenomenons' don't exist. I'm from a land where people make mistakes and try again, harder, faster; where negativity is not an option.
    -- Akshay Kumar

    #Mistake #Land #People

  • As I have said for many years throughout this land, we're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the future of human civilization. Every bit of that has to change.
    -- Al Gore

    #Years #Land #Civilization

  • One tragic example of the loss of forests and then water is found in Ethiopia. The amount of its forested land has decreased from 40 to 1 percent in the last four decades. Concurrently, the amount of rainfall has declined to the point where the country is rapidly becoming a wasteland.
    -- Al Gore

    #Country #Loss #Land

  • Do you remember the church across the sands? You stood outside and planned to travel the lands, where the pilgrims go. So you packed your world up inside a canvas sack, set off down the highway with your rings and Kerouac. Someone said they saw you in Nepal a long time back. Tell me why you look away, don't you have a word to say?
    -- Al Stewart

    #Travel #Land #Long

  • How strange! You seek guidance, yet you do not tread its path, surely a boat does not sail on land.
    -- Al-Shafi‘i

    #Islamic #Land #Doe

  • It's hard not to be excited when you're going to find a way to land on the moon.
    -- Alan Bean

    #Moon #Land #Way

  • I tried to explain to her the significance of the great poet, but without much success, The Waste Land not figuring very largely in Mam's scheme of things. "The thing is," I said finally, "he won the Nobel Prize." "Well," she said, with that unerring grasp of inessentials which is the prerogative of mothers, "I'm not surprised. It was a beautiful overcoat.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Beautiful #Mother #Land

  • I've never seen the point of the sea, except where it meets the land. The shore has a point. The sea has none.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Sea #Land #Shore

  • Strictly speaking, the land does not exist; it is merely dehydrated sea.
    -- Alan Coren

    #Sea #Land #Doe

  • People were saying that Southern folk song was dead, that the land that had produced American jazz, the blues, the spirituals, the mountain ballads and the work songs had gone sterile.
    -- Alan Lomax

    #Song #Land #People

  • When I go up there, which is my intention, the Big Judge will say to me, Where are your wounds? and if I say I haven’t any, he will say, Was there nothing to fight for? I couldn’t face that question. (Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful)
    -- Alan Paton

    #Beautiful #Fighting #Land

  • We do not work for men. We work for the land and the people. We do not even work for money.
    -- Alan Paton

    #Men #Land #People

  • The ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed.
    -- Alan Paton

    #Men #Land #Care

  • But when no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become selfserving busybodies.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Taken #Law #Land

  • Modern agriculture is the use of land to convert petroleum into food
    -- Albert Allen Bartlett

    #Land #Agriculture #Use

  • In any event, colonization and the grant of lands were provincial matters.
    -- Albert Bushnell Hart

    #Land #Events #Matter

  • The society of merchants can be defined as a society in which things disappear in favor of signs. When a ruling class measures its fortunes, not by the acre of land or the ingot of gold, but by the number of figures corresponding ideally to a certain number of exchange operations, it thereby condemns itself to setting a certain kind of humbug at the center of its experience and its universe. A society founded on signs is, in its essence, an artificial society in which man's carnal truth is handled as something artificial.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Men #Land #Essence

  • I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Country #Mistake #Land

  • Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Family #Beautiful #Land

  • Artificial manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals and finally to artificial men and women.
    -- Albert Howard

    #Animal #Men #Land

  • The soul, in its longing to grow, will push us toward crisis points, bringing about a situation that will force us to leave behind the old toys and the worn-out ways of operating. Our soul brings us these crises to remind us that we don’t have to remain stuck in the land of the hunters and the hunted. We are called to draw ourselves up to our full height and confidence, even when terrified at the prospect of the unknown.
    -- Alberto Villoldo

    #Land #Soul #Height

  • I find it difficult to believe that God would want us to strip the courts of their powers to interpret the laws of this land, albeit with the divergent opinions. I shudder that my colleagues do not understand the dynamics of the Federal judiciary.
    -- Alcee Hastings

    #Believe #Law #Land

  • If many people follow your enthusiastic endeavours, perhaps a new Athens might be created in the land of the Franks, or rather a much better one.
    -- Alcuin

    #Land #People #Athens

  • Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Hands #Land #Environmental

  • Land is not merely soil, it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Animal #Garden #Land

  • That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Respect #Land #Community

  • Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Self #Land #Renewal

  • Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #No Fear #Have No Fear

  • When some remote ancestor of ours invented the shovel, he became a giver: He could plant a tree. And when the axe was invented, he became a taker: He could chop it down. Whoever owns land has thus assumed, whether he knows it or not, the divine functions of creating and destroying plants.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Creating #Tree

  • We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Land #Justice

  • The problem, then, is how to bring about a striving for harmony with land among a people many of whom have forgotten there is any such thing as land, among whom education and culture have become almost synonymous with landlessness. This is the problem of conservation education.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #People #Culture

  • My favorite quote: The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land... In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Animal #Land #Water

  • Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Nature #Men #Land

  • Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Atoms #Tasks

  • The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Tasks #Pieces

  • 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.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Believe #Doctors #Land

  • There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape. We tilt windmills in behalf of conservation in convention halls and editorial offices, but on the back forty we disclaim even owning a lance.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Pride #Animal #Land

  • The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Discovery #Land #Television

  • Time was when education moved toward soil, not away from it.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Soil #Moved

  • We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Abuse #Commodity

  • Conservation viewed in its entirety, is the slow and laborious unfolding of a new relationship between people and land.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #New Relationship #Land #People

  • It is inconceivable to me that an ethical relation to land can exist without love, respect, and admiration for land, and a high regard for its value. By value, I of course mean something far broader than mere economic value; I mean value in the philosophical sense.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Philosophical #Mean #Land

  • In that year [1865] John Muir offered to buy from his brother ... a sanctuary for the wildflowers that had gladdened his youth. His brother declined to part with the land, but he could not suppress the idea: 1865 still stands in Wisconsin history as the birth-year of mercy for things natural, wild, and free.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Brother #Years #Land

  • Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. 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. There is no other way for land to survive the impact of mechanized man, nor for us to reap from it the aesthetic harvest it is capable, under science, of contributing to culture
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Men #Impact #Land

  • All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts.... That man is, in fact, only a member of a biotic team is shown by an ecological interpretation of history. Many historical events, hitherto explained solely in terms of human enterprise, were actually biotic interactions between people and land.... Is history taught in this spirit? it will be, once the concept of land as a community really penetrates our intellectual life.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Team #Men #Land

  • Every region should retain representative samples of its original or wilderness condition, to serve science as a sample of normality. Just as doctors must study healthy people to understand disease, so must the land sciences study the wilderness to understand disorders of the land-mechanism.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Doctors #Land #People

  • The drama of the sky dance is enacted nightly on hundreds of farms, the owners of which sigh for entertainment, but harbor the illusion that it is to be sought in theaters. They live on the land, but not by the land.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Drama #Sky #Land

  • What conservation education must build is an ethical underpinning for land economics and a universal curiosity to understand the land mechanism. Conservation may then follow.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Land #Curiosity #May

  • If the land mechanism as a whole is good then every part is good, whether we understand it or not...
    -- Aldo Leopold


  • A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Writing #Land #Signatures

  • Sunshine is more health-giving than pills and potions: and travel in foreign lands is a mental tonic, which feeds the mind even if it empties the pocket.
    -- Alec-Tweedie

    #Travel #Sunshine #Land

  • This is the seashore. Neither land nor sea. It’s a place that does not exist.
    -- Alessandro Baricco

    #Land #Sea #Doe

  • Patents are like fertilizer. Applied wisely and sparingly, they can increase growth. But if you apply too many chemicals, or make patents too strong, then you can leach the land, making growth more difficult.
    -- Alex Tabarrok

    #Strong #Land #Growth

  • When rowan leaves are dank and rusting And rowan berries red as blood, When in my palm the hangman's thrusting The final nail with bony thud, When, over the foul flooding river, Upon the wet grey height, I toss Before my land's grim looks, and shiver As I swing here upon the cross, Then, through the blood and weeping, stretches My dying sight to space remote; I see upon the river's reaches Christ sailing to me in a boat.
    -- Alexander Blok

    #Blood #Land #Rivers

  • The treaties of the United States, to have any force at all, must be considered as part of the law of the land.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Law #Land #United States

  • The love for our native land strengthens our individual and national character.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Character #Land #Individual

  • We should be careful of the insults we fling at others, lest they return and land at our feet, newly minted to apply to those who had first coined them.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Life #Land #Feet

  • Trade it may help, society extend, But lures the Pirate, ant corrupts the friend: It raises armies in a nation's aid, But bribes a senate, and the land's betray'd.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Money #Army #Land

  • I am involved in the land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a well of steel, confronting my soldier. You have brought only one son into the world, but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.
    -- Alexander the Great

    #Son #Land #Feet

  • Producer's Surplus is a convenient name for the genus of which the rent of land is the leading species.
    -- Alfred Marshall

    #Land #Names #Producers

  • It is the destiny of the emigrant that the foreign land does not become his homeland: his homeland becomes foreign.
    -- Alfred Polgar

    #Destiny #Land #Doe

  • Jesus once caused a sick man to arise on the Sabbath and take up his bed, whereupon the pious of the land raised a great outcry. But Jesus answered with superior contempt that the Sabbath was there for the sake of man, not man for the sake of the Sabbath; consequently, man was also master over the Sabbath.
    -- Alfred Rosenberg

    #Jesus #Men #Land

  • Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the "Mona Lisa" painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
    -- Alfred Whitney Griswold

    #Spring #Law #Land

  • Every one of us gets to find our way, hopefully surrounded by love, but we still have to pick out our own way through the land mines of life. By accepting this and relinquishing control, there's just extraordinary beauty.
    -- Ali MacGraw

    #Land #Way #Accepting

  • It's as if tendencies that seem most deeply rooted in our minds, most private and singular, have come in as spores on the prevailing wind, looking for any likely place to land, any welcome.
    -- Alice Munro

    #Wind #Land #Mind

  • Once released from life, having lost it in such violence, I couldn’t calculate my steps. I didn’t have time for contemplation. In violence it is the getting out that you concentrate on. When you begin to go over the edge, life receding from you as a boat recedes inevitably from the shore, you hold on to death tightly, like a rope that will transport you, and you swing out on it, hoping to land away from where you are.
    -- Alice Sebold

    #Swings #Land #Rope

  • A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously; and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and philosopher to any successor, she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent.
    -- Alice Stone Blackwell

    #Pain #Land #Feelings