Colleen, a lover of the written word, has a master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes.
Truly Connected With Nature
Jacques Forbes reminisces: We played in the long grass searching for the elusive four leafed clover; we laughed at the sun and lay flat upon the earth in childish abandon. These memories are the fourth leaf.
To be truly human one must be connected with our planetary magic. From birth we spend our lives striving to control nature and join with it only in death. This extreme relish for the past reflects our fear of the future; in fact we transfer our retention's to Mother earth who in turn dismisses them. Tony Danvers
Modern nature worship is all upside down. Trees and fields ought to be the ordinary things; terraces and temples ought to be extraordinary. I am on the side of the man who lives in the countryside and wants to go to London. G. K. Chesterton
Our Wondrous Earth
Touch the earth, love the earth, and honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places. Henry Beston
The unrest which keeps the never stopping clock of metaphysics going is the thought that the nonexistence of this world is just as possible as its existence. William James
This world after all our sciences is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. Thomas Carlyle
The world is a fine place and worth fighting for, and I hate very much to leave it. Ernest Hemingway
That the sky is brighter than the earth means little unless the earth itself is appreciated and enjoyed. Its beauty loved gives the right to aspire to the radiance of the sunrise and the stars. Helen Keller
What’s wrong with this world is, it’s not finished yet. It is not completed to that point where man can put his final signature to the job and say. “It is finished. We made it and it works.” William Faulkner
We are so often ashamed of the earth; the soil of it, the sweat of it, the good common coarseness of it. To us in our fine raiment and soft manners, it seems indelicate. David Grayson
Earths Tranquillity: Rita Moreno
Aged 82 at the time of writing her book “A Memoir” actress Rita Moreno recollects her native Puerto Rico during the 1930's: All my life is sweet. I am allowed to suck on stalks of sugar cane hacked straight from the field. There can be no better candy. …
In the rest of the yard, chickens scatter or nestle in their own deepening dust beds to lay their warm, white eggs. Their contented chorus of clacks and crows harmonises with the wild birdsong which begins at dawn and quiets at night. But even the night is still alive with sound.
… None of these noises alarm me. They were long ago absorbed into my memory as background sound.
Natures Glorious Flora
To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. Jean Giraudoux
It is the property of things seen for the first time, or for the first time after long, like the flowers in spring, to reawaken in us the sharp edge of sense and that impression of mystic strangeness which otherwise passes out of life with the coming of years. Robert Louis Stevenson
A plant is a self-willed man, out of whom we can obtain all which we desire, if we only treat him his own way. Goethe
There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creations braggart laws. John Muir
April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers. Edna St. Vincent Millay
If I were a tree or a plant, I would feel the soft warm influence of the earth, but since I am a woman, do not be astonished by my joy
— Chinese Proverb
The Intricacy Of Insects
Nature will bear the closest of inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. Thoreau
Is there a polity better ordered, the offices better distributed, and more inviolably observed and maintained, than that of the bees. Montaigne
The Majesty Of Mountains
The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships. Emerson
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. John Ruskin
Rain whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. Henry Ward Beecher
The Power Of Nature
Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic; she has her own, which we do not recognise and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel. Ivan Turgenev
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished. Francis Bacon
It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination. Thoreau
We receive but what we give; and in our life alone does nature live; ours is her wedding garment, ours her shroud. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nature in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts is but the background and theatre of the tragedy of man. John Morley
Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order. Goethe
Nature is one with rapine, a harm no preacher can heal; the mayfly is torn by the swallow, the sparrow speared by the shrike, and the whole little wood where I sit is a world of plunder and prey. Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. Emerson
Nature is, in fact, a suggester of uneasiness, a promoter of pilgrimages and of excursions of the fancy which never come to any satisfactory haven. Charles Dudley Warner
How nature love the incomplete. She knows that if she drew a conclusion it would finish her. Christopher Fry
The natural world is dynamic. From the expanding universe to the hair on a baby’s head, nothing is the same from now to the next moment. Helen Hoover
The works of nature first acquire a meaning in the commentaries they provoke. George Santayana
Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blending and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. John Muir
Earths Timeless Rivers
If the voice of the brook was not the first song of celebration, it must have been at least an obbligato for that event. Hal Borland
I chatter, chatter, as I flow to join the brimming river. For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever. Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Depths Of Our Blue Planet
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; there is rapture on the lonely shore; there is society, where none intrudes; by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more. Lord Byron
The seas are the hearts blood of the earth. Plucked up and kneaded by the sun and the moon, the tides are systole and diastole of earth’s veins. Henry Beston
Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing. It sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips. Jean Giraudoux
Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Frederick Douglass
For all that has been said of the love that certain natures have professed to feel for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. Joseph Conrad
Earths Awakenings By Colleen Swan
April, hoping time,
When earth and air are filled with buds and singing,
Earth casting off all deadness with the spring,
Alive with warmth and ripeness once again.
I would, like something strong and green
Awakening in April,
Cast off dead husks of fear and pain,
Cocoons of outworn fantasy-to be
Natural Wonders Of The World: Narrated By David Attenborough
The Seasons Calendar
Only those within whose own consciousness the suns rise and set, the leaves burgeon and wither, can be said to be aware of what living is. Joseph Wood Krutch
Autumn arrives like a warrior with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent. His scarlet banner drips with gore. His step is like a flail upon the threshing floor. Longfellow
No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it. Hal Borland
All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. Thomas Wolfe
Autumn wins you best by this, its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. Robert Browning
Honest winter, snow clad and with the frosted beard, I can welcome not uncordially; but that long deferment of the calendars promise, that weeping gloom of March and April, that bitter blast outraging the honour of May; how often has it robbed me of heart and hope. George Gissing
Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man. Victor Hugo
Nature's White Snowy Quilt
May is a pious fraud of the almanac; a ghostly parody of real spring shaped out of snow and breathed with eastern wind. James Russell Lowell
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only. Joseph Wood Krutch
Trees Are Our Indigenous Population
You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. Hal Borland
Woodland in full colour is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. Hal Borland
In our hearts those of us who know anything worth knowing know that in March a new year begins, and if we plan any new leaves, it will be when the rest of nature is planning them too. Joseph Wood Krutch
Trees: By Colleen Swan
They cannot hide or struggle when we come
With axes raised to hew their lives away.
A hunted animal can run or roar,
But what of trees which must stand mute and still?
No need to fret; a tree can’t feel or bleed.
Its fluid is just sap-no need to heed it.
Soon our fireplace will be
Brightened by that broken tree.
Earths Unpredictable Weather
Why should we fear to be crushed by savage elements we who are made up of the same. Emerson
Rain is good for vegetables, and for the animals that eat those vegetables and for the animals that eat those animals. Samuel Johnson
In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. Mark Twain
A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, has as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes. Joseph Addison
Men born in hot countries love the night because it refreshes them and have a horror of light because it burns them. Leonardo Da Vinci
Extreme cold when it first arrives seems to generate cheerfulness and sociability. For a few hours all life’s dubious problems are dropped in favour of the clear and congenial task of keeping alive. E. B. White
After a debauch of a thunderstorm, the weather takes the pledge and signs it with a rainbow. Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Roar Of The Wind
Nature with equal mind sees all her sons at play; sees man control the wind. The wind sweep man away; allows the proudly riding and the foundering bark. Matthew Arnold
Nature in her thirst for life has filled every possible cranny of the rotting earth with some sort of fantastic creature. Joseph Wood Krutch
The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of the rain, the sound of the wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. Henry Beston
The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children. John Keats
The east wind, an interloper in the dominions of westerly weather, is an impassive faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab. Joseph Conrad
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran
The wind in the grain is the caress to the spouse; it is the hand of peace stroking her hair. Saint-Exupery
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish. The knapsack of custom falls off his back with the first step he makes into these precincts. Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes. Here we find nature to be the circumstance which dwarfs every other circumstance, and judges like a god all men that come to her.
We have crept out of our close and crowded houses into the night and morning, and we see what majestic beauties daily wrap us in their bosom. How willingly we would escape the barriers which render them comparatively impotent, escape the sophistication and second thought, and suffer nature to entrance us. The tempered light of the woods is like a perpetual morning, and is stimulating and heroic.
Close To The Creator
Nature has some perfection to show that she is the image of God, and some defects to show that she is only his image. Pascal
I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still sad music of humanity. William Wordsworth
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on February 05, 2014:
Thank you Gilbert. I try to walk at least three times a week. It clears the mind. Yes the poems add another dimension; many quotes are merely extracts from poems, mine tend to reflect past experience.
Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on February 04, 2014:
I think your new piece about nature could do some people a lot of good. It certainly encourages me to take a hike in the mountains or enjoy a bike trail in the woods. The outdoors is like soothing medicine for the soul. Nice to see you getting creative with poetry, Colleen.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on February 04, 2014:
Thank you Msdora. I tried to find some happy quotes for this hub as opposed to some of my others. Glad you liked the Hal Borland.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 04, 2014:
"No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it." This by Hal Borland is very appropriate and comforting at this time of year, but there are so many touching quotations. You made an excellent selection.
Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on February 03, 2014:
Thank you Ruby and Eiddwen for your uplifting comments . I wanted to add color to the hub with it being about Earth and nature.
Eiddwen from Wales on February 03, 2014:
Wow what a wonderful hub; so interesting and well presented. oh yes your obvious hard work has certainly paid off here. Enjoy your day.
Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on February 02, 2014:
Beautifully put together. Love the polished stones.