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Wilderness Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Wilderness

Please enjoy these Wilderness Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

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Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
- Henry David Thoreau

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.
- Alan Alda

 

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
- John Muir

To the lover of wilderness,
Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.
- John Muir

I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess.
- Walt Disney

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No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.
- Garrett Hardin

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
- Charles Lindbergh

We of America are especially fitted to visualize and
to understand the marvellous transformation of a wilderness
into a land of splendid cities.
- James H. Breasted

Italy is definitely where I feel most at home,
or alternatively, living in total wilderness,
in the bush in Australia.
- Noah Taylor

Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination
to harvest the wheat of art.
- Austin O'Malley

None know how often the hand of God is seen in a wilderness
but them that rove it for a man's life.
- Thomas Cole

Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities,
but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics.
- Nick Rahall

As one who has often felt this need,
and who has found refreshment in wild places,
I attest to the recreational value of wilderness.
- George Aiken

Simply put, I believe we should not seek the lowest
common denominator when it comes to wilderness and
saddle a wilderness designation with exceptions,
exclusions, and exemptions.
- Nick Rahall

It is like living in a wilderness of mirrors.
No fact goes unchallenged.
- Bruce Babbitt

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
- James Russell Lowell

I believe that Ronald Reagan will someday make this
country what it once was...
an arctic wilderness.
- Steve Martin

For a variety of reasons, I believe,
the time is right to resolve many of the long standing and thorny land use,
recreation, and wilderness designation issues in Central Idaho.
- Michael K. Simpson

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
- Edward Abbey

I realize the answer is not to create wilderness and walk away.
- Michael K. Simpson

My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty
years because even in biblical times,
men would not stop to ask for directions.
- Elayne Boosler

Wilderness designations should not be the result of a quid pro quo.
They should rise or fall on their own merits.
- Nick Rahall

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into
the wilderness of your intuition.
- Alan Alda

My daughter is here in town doing a play,
and her dog is staying with us.
We live up in the hills, so he has access to thousands of acres of wilderness.
- Rene Auberjonois

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife
are in fact plans to protect man.
- Stewart Udall

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness
is important to the quality of life of humans.
- Jim Fowler

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
- Henry Ellis

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire;
and where they make a wilderness,
they call it peace.
- Tacitus

Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness,
the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.
- Herbert Croly

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

The way one approaches a wilderness story is to fashion a quest -
find something that you are truly interested in finding or discovering.
- Tim Cahill

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths
and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and
explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
- John Hope Franklin

The great social adventure of America is no longer
the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
- Walter Lippmann

We all understand that compromise is part of the legislative process,
yet at the same time, I would submit that wilderness is not for sale.
- Nick Rahall

Shoes and clothing damage our ability to survive naked in the wilderness.
- Steve Mann

The idea of wilderness needs no defense,
it only needs defenders.
- Edward Abbey

The lands granted were in the occupancy of savages
and situated in a wilderness,
of which the government had never taken possession,
and of which it could not with its own citizens ever have taken possession.
- William H. Wharton

Bad as was being shot by some of our own troops in
the battle of the Wilderness,
- that was an honest mistake, one of the accidents of war,
- being shot at, since the war, by many officers,
was worse.
- James Longstreet

They can see the brave silhouette from almost anywhere
in the District of Columbia and use it as a compass
to locate other monuments and eventually to find their way out of the great,
gray federal wilderness.
- Hugh Sidey

When the late Bishop was appointed, about thirty-two years ago,
to diffuse the light of the Gospel through this extensive
portion of His Majesty's dominions,
it was even a greater spiritual, than a natural wilderness.
- John Strachan

The undisturbed coastal plain is home to a wide variety
of plants and animals and is the only wilderness sanctuary
in North America that protects a complete range of the arctic ecosystem.
- Dan Lipinski

On the mountains mistakes are fatal.
In politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally,
but you recover.
Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms,
helps me reflect and, in the process,
restore my creativity.
- Mark Udall

Madam Speaker, I have spent more than half my life
as a member of the Resources Committee.
In that time I have supported numerous wilderness designations.
In fact, I cannot recall ever opposing a wilderness bill.
- Nick Rahall

When it comes to wilderness animals we have to make
an effort to preserve what areas we can that they can be themselves in.
Its come to a point though, clearly,
where some species have to be cared for by humans if
they are not going to disappear altogether.
- Matthew Fox

There is in every American, I think,
something of the old Daniel Boone -
who,
when he could see the smoke from another chimney,
felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

I wanted to show how a man of sensitive and noble character,
born for religion, comes to throw off the orthodoxies of his day and moment,
and to go out into the wilderness where all is experiment,
and spiritual life begins again.
- Mary A. Ward

There's been progress toward seeing that nature and
culture are not opposing terms,
and that wilderness is not the only kind of landscape
for environmentalists to concern themselves with.
- Michael Pollan

Save for thee and thy lessons, man in society would
everywhere sink into a sad compound of the fiend and the wild beast;
and this fallen world would be as certainly a moral as a natural wilderness.
- Hugh Miller

In our own time it has been seen...
that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness,
have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius,
instructed solely by the example of these beautiful
paintings and sculptures of Nature.
- Giorgio Vasari

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

I used to eat lunch with Billy Wilder when I first came out here.
- Richard Serra

Wilder touches all the bases...
in some kind of shorthand way.
Now that's art.
- James Naughton

I was at dinner with Gene Wilder and imitated Ethel Barrymore for everyone.
- Dom DeLuise

LT was just a wilder person.
I don't go that route no more.
- Lawrence Taylor

Things aren't much wilder now, I don't think,
than they were back then.
Of course I just read about all the goings-on now.
Ha.
- Norman Rockwell

Any story that Billy Wilder told, you can tell in a Western.
- Lawrence Kasdan

I had very few friends.
We always ate dinner with our parents.
We didn't want to go out.
American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would
have felt comfortable with.
- Maya Lin

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less
of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
- Thornton Wilder

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.
- Thornton Wilder

It was hell at the time, but after it was over,
it was wonderful.
- Billy Wilder

Mary and Carrie and baby Grace and Ma had all had scarlet fever.
The Nelsons across the creek had had it too,
so there had been no one to help Pa and Laura.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Far worst of all, the fever had settled in Mary's eyes,
and Mary was blind.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it,
I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen,
wind and weather permitting.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
- Thornton Wilder


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