Quotes and Sayings about Wilderness



"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders."
- Edward Abbey
(Related: Idea, Defense, Needs, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Value, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Comfort, Intuition, Wilderness, Will)

"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
(Related: Comfort, Intuition, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Daughter, Play, Wilderness)

"It is like living in a wilderness of mirrors. No fact goes unchallenged."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Fact, Living, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Men, Wilderness, Years)

"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
(Related: America, Cities, Land, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Fashion, Quest, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Life, God, Man, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Land, Ocean, Promise, states, United, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Books, Light, Wilderness, Writers)

"I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Nature, Gardens, Instinct, Wilderness)

"The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Land, Lies, Wilderness)

"The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Life, Quality, Existence, Wilderness, Wildlife)

"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
(Related: Animals, Effort, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Travel, Journey, Wilderness, World)

"No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Wilderness)

"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
(Related: American, Old, Wilderness)

"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia."
- Charles Lindbergh
(Related: Life, Accomplishments, Sense, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Home, America, Animals, Plants, Variety, Wilderness)

"The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Adventure, America, Conquest, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: War, Mistake, Accidents, Battle, Being, Troops, Wilderness)

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Experience, Wilderness, Worth)

"I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses."
- Nelson Mandela
(Related: Dream, Leaders, Problems, Unity)

"Shoes and clothing damage our ability to survive naked in the wilderness."
- Steve Mann
(Related: Ability, Wilderness)

"I believe that Ronald Reagan will someday make this country what it once was... an arctic wilderness."
- Steve Martin
(Related: Country, Wilderness, Will)

"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
(Related: Society, Man, Wilderness, World)

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
- John Muir
(Related: Universe, Wilderness)

"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."
- John Muir
(Related: Countries, Wilderness, World)

"Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art."
- Austin O'Malley
(Related: Art, Imagination, Harvest, Plants, Reason, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Nature, Progress, Concern, Culture, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Wilderness)

"Wilderness designations should not be the result of a quid pro quo. They should rise or fall on their own merits."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Result, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Life, Time, Committee, Fact, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Time, Compromise, Wilderness)

"Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities, but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Absence, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Monuments, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Time, Land, Recreation, Right, Variety, Wilderness)

"I realize the answer is not to create wilderness and walk away."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Friend, Wilderness, World)

"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
(Related: Light, Spiritual, Wilderness, Years)

"To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace."
- Tacitus
(Related: Peace, Wilderness)

"Italy is definitely where I feel most at home, or alternatively, living in total wilderness, in the bush in Australia."
- Noah Taylor
(Related: Home, Italy, Living, Wilderness)

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Wilderness, World)

"Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Imagination, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Politics, Creativity, Mistakes, Mountains, Wilderness)

"Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man."
- Stewart Udall
(Related: Fact, Man, Water, Wilderness, Wildlife)

"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
(Related: Nature, Time, Genius, Children, Example, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Life, Religion, Character, Day, Man, Spiritual, Wilderness)

"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
(Related: Government, Possession, Wilderness)