Quotes and Quick Inspiration
From Tom Spencer's Soul of the Garden
The world is the wheel of
God, turning round
And round with all living creatures upon its rim.
The world is the river of God,
Flowing from him and flowing back to him.
- Shvetashvatara Upanishad, translated by Eknath Easwaran
In eternity there is indeed
something true and sublime.
But all these times and places and occasions are now
and here. God himself culminates in the present
moment, and will never be more divine in the
lapse of all the ages.
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
The creature called man has a strange history. He is not of one piece, nor was he born of a single moment in time. His elementary substance is stardust almost as old as the universe.
— Loren Eiseley, The Lost Notebooks
A billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above you head.
But in you is the presence that will be,
when the stars are dead.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
I'm a failed Christian
I've got my own church
I pray with my soul
to this great universe.
- Nick Lowe
Catch the bird of heaven,
Lock him in a cage of gold;
Look Again Tomorrow,
And he will be gone.
Ah! the bird of heaven!
Follow where the bird has gone;
Ah! the bird of heaven!
Keep on traveling on.
- Sydney Carter
is the Lord of Love.
As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks
Leap forth, so millions of beings arise
From the Lord of Love and return to him.
- Mundaka Upanishad
In the depths
of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
Attention is living; inattention is dying.
The attentive never stop; the inattentive are dead already.
- Dhammapada 21, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
The simple act of
looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.
- Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden
The individual feels the vanity of human desires and aims, and the nobility and marvelous order which are revealed in nature and in the world of thought. He feels the individual destiny as an imprisonment and seeks to experience the totality of existence as a unity full of significance.
- Albert Einstein
Do not follow the ideas of
but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Your body and mind will become clear
and you will realize the unity of all things.
The Heart has reasons that Reason does not know
- Blaise Pascal
When you come
to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of
the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you
will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.
The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision.
- James McNeil Whistler
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
I love to
think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through
which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
- George Washington Carver
We work with the stuff of the
by means of the things of life.
- Thomas Moore
Birdsong brings relief
to my longing.
I am just as ecstatic as they are,
but with nothing to say!
Please, universal soul, practice
some song, or something, through me!
translated by Coleman Barks
The song of birds, the voices of insects, are all means of conveying truth to the mind; in flowers and grasses we see messages of the Way. The scholar, pure and clear of mind, serene and open of heart, should find in everything what nourishes him.
- Buddhist saying.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
- Gertrude Jekyll
Though an old man, I am but a young gardener.
- Thomas Jefferson
Still I would not forget that the pale-faced missionary and the hoodooed aborigine are both God's creatures, though small indeed their own conceptions of Infinite Love. A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.
- Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird,) Native American Teacher and Leader
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