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Wendell Berry Quotes: "I realized that the story of even so small a place can never be completely told and can never be finished. It is eternal, always here and now, and going on forever."

I realized that the story of even so small a place can never be completely told and can never be finished. It is eternal, always here and now, and going on forever.




Wendell Berry Quotes: "To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we "know" that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined."

To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we "know" that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "What I stand for is what I stand on."

What I stand for is what I stand on.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot."

There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.




Wendell Berry Quotes: "The latest technology is not always good for anything except to the producers of the technology."

The latest technology is not always good for anything except to the producers of the technology.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The significance - and ultimately the quality - of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part."

The significance - and ultimately the quality - of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "...a book, a real book, language incarnate, becomes a part of one's bodily life."

...a book, a real book, language incarnate, becomes a part of one's bodily life.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone."

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Marriage has now taken the form of divorce: a prolonged and impassioned negotiation as to how things shall be divided. (from "Feminism, the Body, and the Machine")"

Marriage has now taken the form of divorce: a prolonged and impassioned negotiation as to how things shall be divided. (from "Feminism, the Body, and the Machine")



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire."

Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.




Wendell Berry Quotes: "You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it."

You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "...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 legitimate hope."

...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 legitimate hope.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Annual plants are nature's emergency medical service, seeded in sounds and scars to hold the land until the perennial cover is re-established."

Annual plants are nature's emergency medical service, seeded in sounds and scars to hold the land until the perennial cover is re-established.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "No man will ever be whole and dignified and free except in the knowledge that the men around him are whole and dignified and free, and that the world itself is free of contempt and misuse."

No man will ever be whole and dignified and free except in the knowledge that the men around him are whole and dignified and free, and that the world itself is free of contempt and misuse.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Grandmam came back from that distance in time that separates grandmothers from their grandchildren and made herself a mother to me."

Grandmam came back from that distance in time that separates grandmothers from their grandchildren and made herself a mother to me.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Oh Lord, make us ableTo eat all that's on this table, And if there's some we haven't gotBring it to us while it's hot"

Oh Lord, make us ableTo eat all that's on this table, And if there's some we haven't gotBring it to us while it's hot



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Books were a dependable pleasure. I read more then than I ever was able to read again until now when I am too old to work much and am mostly alone."

Books were a dependable pleasure. I read more then than I ever was able to read again until now when I am too old to work much and am mostly alone.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires."

He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling."

The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Again I resume the longlesson: how small a thingcan be pleasing, how littlein this hard world it takesto satisfy the mindand bring it to its rest."

Again I resume the longlesson: how small a thingcan be pleasing, how littlein this hard world it takesto satisfy the mindand bring it to its rest.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Perhaps all the good that ever has come here has come because people prayed it into the world."

Perhaps all the good that ever has come here has come because people prayed it into the world.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Respect, I think, always implies imagination - the ability to see one another, across our inevitable differences, as living souls."

Respect, I think, always implies imagination - the ability to see one another, across our inevitable differences, as living souls.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "When I rise uplet me rise up joyfullike a bird.When I falllet me fall without regretlike a leaf."

When I rise uplet me rise up joyfullike a bird.When I falllet me fall without regretlike a leaf.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life."

The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "This is the man who will be my grandfather—the man who will be the man who was my grandfather. The tenses slur and slide under the pressure of collapsed time."

This is the man who will be my grandfather—the man who will be the man who was my grandfather. The tenses slur and slide under the pressure of collapsed time.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "And his words fell upon the table like a blessing."

And his words fell upon the table like a blessing.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay."

The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "The Earth is what we all have in common."

The Earth is what we all have in common.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "The shoddy work of despair, the pointless work of pride, equally betray Creation. They are wastes of life."

The shoddy work of despair, the pointless work of pride, equally betray Creation. They are wastes of life.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "He imagines a necessary joy in things that must fly to eat."

He imagines a necessary joy in things that must fly to eat.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "You think winter will never end, and then, when you don't expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light."

You think winter will never end, and then, when you don't expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "A tree forms itself in answerto its place and the light.Explain it how you will, the onlything explainable will beyour explanation.” Sabbaths 1999 IV"

A tree forms itself in answerto its place and the light.Explain it how you will, the onlything explainable will beyour explanation.” Sabbaths 1999 IV



Wendell Berry Quotes: "the inletour friend looks as he didwhen we first knew him, and until I wake I believeI will die of grief, for I knowthat this boy grew into a manwho was a faithful friendwho died."

the inletour friend looks as he didwhen we first knew him, and until I wake I believeI will die of grief, for I knowthat this boy grew into a manwho was a faithful friendwho died.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The principle of neighborhood at home always implies the principle of charity abroad. (pg. 260, The Idea of a Local Economy)"

The principle of neighborhood at home always implies the principle of charity abroad. (pg. 260, The Idea of a Local Economy)



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Thinking is the most overrated human activity."

Thinking is the most overrated human activity.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "There are only two reasons to farm: because you have to, and because you love to. The ones who choose to farm choose for love."

There are only two reasons to farm: because you have to, and because you love to. The ones who choose to farm choose for love.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?"

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?



Wendell Berry Quotes: "The easy assumption that we have remembered the most important people and events and have preserved the most valuable evidence is immediately trumped by our inability to know what we have forgotten."

The easy assumption that we have remembered the most important people and events and have preserved the most valuable evidence is immediately trumped by our inability to know what we have forgotten.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Charity even for one person does not make sense except in terms of an effort to love all Creation in response to the Creator's love for it."

Charity even for one person does not make sense except in terms of an effort to love all Creation in response to the Creator's love for it.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "What is the point of "labor saving" if by making work effortless we make it poor, and if by doing poor work we weaken our bodies and lose conviviality and health? (Health is Membership, pg. 93)"

What is the point of "labor saving" if by making work effortless we make it poor, and if by doing poor work we weaken our bodies and lose conviviality and health? (Health is Membership, pg. 93)



Wendell Berry Quotes: "And so I learned about grief, and about the absence and emptiness that for a long time make grief unforgettable."

And so I learned about grief, and about the absence and emptiness that for a long time make grief unforgettable.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "She was another gift, surely, to us all. She was a happiness that made me cry."

She was another gift, surely, to us all. She was a happiness that made me cry.



Wendell Berry Quotes: "Industrial medicine is as little interested in ecological health as is industrial agriculture. (Health Is Membership, pg. 98)"

Industrial medicine is as little interested in ecological health as is industrial agriculture. (Health Is Membership, pg. 98)



Wendell Berry Quotes: "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."

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.