*Quotes* Are like Nourishment for the Mental Body 🙂

“Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening”
Graham Burnett from “Permaculture – A Beginner’s Guide”

“Observe Nature thoughtfully rather than labour thoughtlessly”
Masanoby Fukuoka, from “One Straw Revolution”

“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” ~ David Orr

“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.” ~ Warren Buffett

What permaculturalists are doing is the most important activity that any group on the planet is doing” – Dr. David Suzuki

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” ~ George Carlin

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”  ~ Wendell Berry

“Change is upon us. We can choose to see it as frightening and incapacitating, or we can embrace the opportunities and move forward with hope towards a more sustainable world.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Be the change you wish to see in the world…” ~ Gandhi

“We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what is negative into what is positive. This is how we start to grow up.” ~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away.” ~ Stephanie Mills

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one.” ~ Thomas Moore

“There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” ~ Buddha

‎”You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King

“Simplifying your life is about gaining control of your life – creating more time, on the job and at home, to do the things you want to do. It is about streamlining your life so you have time for the people and things you love.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” ~ Seth Godin

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” ~ Ralph  Waldo Emerson

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ” ~ Lily Tomlim

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.” ~ Archibald MacLeish

“To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.” ~ Sam Keen

“It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What’s needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take ‘everyone on Earth’ to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress, and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends.” ~ Thomas Berry

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” ~ E.F. Schumacher

‎”Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” ~ Doris Janzen Longacre

“He who knows he has enough is rich” ~ Lao Tzu

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti

“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” ~ Kurt Vonnegu

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” ~ Indira Gandhi

“The tragedy of life is not death, rather, it is what we allow to die within us while we live.” ~ Norman Cousins

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~ Buddha

“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.” ~ E.F. Schumacher

“Because we have learned to believe negativity is more realistic, it appears more real than any positive voice.” ~ bell hooks

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leondardo da Vinci

“Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’” ~ David Wann

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” ~ Wendell Berry

“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” ~ Wendell Berry

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ~ John Muir

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Rather than yearning to be full-time artists, we might aspire to being full-time humans. When we do, art is the overflow of a heart filled with life.” ~ Julia Cameron

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” ~ Michelangelo

“Only after people express their anger and sadness over the broken dreams of material prosperity will they turn to the task of building a sustainable economy.” Duane Elgin

“Nobody did a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” ~ Edmund Burke

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James

“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

Thank you, Kasia for sharing these wonderfully collected quotes!


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