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Wendell Berry – 11 Quotes

 

11 Quotes by Wendell Berry

 

We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease.

– Wendell Berry


It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.

– Wendell Berry


To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.

– Wendell Berry


Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can’t be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy.

– Wendell Berry


The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

– Wendell Berry


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

– Wendell Berry


The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

– Wendell Berry


To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.

– Wendell Berry


I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.

– Wendell Berry


Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

– Wendell Berry


Why should conservationists have a positive interest in… farming? There are lots of reasons, but the plainest is: Conservationists eat.

– Wendell Berry