Rebekah is a nature enthusiast who enjoys collecting and sharing quotes and creating poetry and prose.
Nature is a pillar of constancy in this chaotic world. As we go about our busy lives, nature calls out to us. Sometimes she calls us calmly, and sometimes she calls us with a fury. In our hectic, stressful world, there is still calm to be found, if only we might step outside and take a breath. I believe now more than ever that we desperately need the peace and inspiration that nature provides.
We live in a different world than our ancestors did. Children and families used to spend much more time outdoors vacationing natural settings, running and playing in parks, delightfully watching grasshoppers and lightning bugs, climbing trees, and exploring nearby woods. Nature is always calling and inviting us to connect and find repose. I've noticed that regardless of how busy and stressful my life becomes, as soon as I am outside and able to see the blue sky and hear the sounds of wind and birds, everything in my world suddenly seems simple and perfect.
I have collected here a variety of quotes about nature from famous authors, naturalists, artists, scientists, and other influential people. I've also included a few of my own thoughts, feelings, and observations about the outdoors. For your convenience, the quotes have been organized into the following categories:
- Artists and Scientists
- Other Influential People
- My Thoughts on Nature
- "I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." —Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
- "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." —Rachel Carson
- "Come down here once, and use your eyes, and you will know more than we can teach you." —Harriet Beecher Stowe
- "I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." —Henry David Thoreau
- "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature." —Anne Frank
- "A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." —Walt Whitman
- "You've seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it's an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?" —John Steinbeck
- "Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches. One should lie open, empty, choiceless as a beach, waiting for a gift from the sea." —Anne Murrow Lindbergh
- "The earth laughs in flowers." —E.E. Cummings
- "The daffodil is our doorside queen; She pushes upward the sword already, To spot with sunshine the early green." —William Cullen Bryant
- "And hark! how blithe the throstle sings! He, too, is no mean preacher: Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher." —William Wordsworth
- "Way back in the days when the grass was still green and the pond was still wet and the clouds were still clean, and the song of the Swomee-Swans rang out in space . . . one morning, I came to this glorious place. And I first saw the trees!" —Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
- "Adapt or perish, now or ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." —H.G. Wells
- "I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues." —Dr. Suess (The Lorax)
- "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." —John Muir
- "Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life." —Charles Darwin
- "To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter . . . to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life." —John Burroughs
- "The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang the best." —John James Audubon
- "Children start off reading in books about lions and giraffes and so on, but they also—if they're lucky enough and have reasonable privileges of any human being—are able to go into a garden and turn over stone and see a worm and see a slug and see an ant." —David Attenborough
- "What we call the highest and the lowest in nature are both equally perfect. A willow bush is as beautiful as the human form divine." —Beatrice Potter
- "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
- "How sublimely rise to view, on thy elevated shores, yon Magnolia groves, from whose tops the surrounding expanse is perfumed, by clouds of incense, blended with the exhaling balm of the Liquid-Amber . . ." —William Bartram
- "A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see." —David Douglas (in reference to the tree that was later named after him—the Douglas Fir)
- "For those who have experienced the joy of being alone with nature there is really little need for me to say much more; for those who have not, no words of mine can even describe the powerful, almost mystical knowledge of beauty and eternity that come, suddenly, and all unexpected." —Jane Goodall
Artists and Scientists
- "An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature." —Auguste Renoir
- "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." —Frank Lloyd Wright
- "All of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was." —Claude Monet
- "In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time." —Leonardo da Vinci
- "Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." —John Ruskin
- "At first I was deeply shaken . . . I was so excited that I could not think of sleep. So I left the house . . . and awaited the sunrise on top of a rock." —Werner Heisenberg
- "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." —Albert Einstein
- "The empiricists are like the ant; they only collect and use. The rationalists resemble the spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. The scientist is like the bee; it takes a middle course; it gathers material from the flowers, but adapts it by a power of its own." —Francis Bacon
- "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." —Galileo
- "All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." —Marie Curie
- "In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet." —Albert Schweitzer
Other Influential People
- "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow." —Helen Keller
- "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." —Mahatma Gandhi
- "The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom." —Theodore Roosevelt
- "When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important." —Krishnamurti
- "Learn this from the waters: in mountain clefts and chasms, loud gush the streamlets, but great rivers flow silently." —Buddha
- "But how can you live without trees . . . trees give life, they make the clouds, the water, the air." —Crysta (Fern Gully)
My Thoughts on Nature
The following are original compositions having to do with my thoughts about nature and the outdoors and the feelings and sensations that nature provokes in me. I hope you enjoy them.
On the Beach
I spent a late afternoon here
The calm waters of the gulf make me feel at home
The water just is—it ebbs and flows—it is
It doesn't change (only in its intensity or calm)
We can flow and allow our beings to be one with nature
Good morning ray of sunshine
As you dance on leaves of love
Outside on My Garden Bench
Outside I stretch to the heavens, look up through the trees and I see and feel peace—why is the world so unconscious . . . how did we allow it to happen?
Because we didn't know (even though we really did). Our parents didn't know (but they did). Sometimes my parents would tell me to "go outside and play, go outside and find something to do". Many times for me that meant to go climb a tree or take a walk in the woods and swing on a vine over the shallow stream of water. So I did.
My childhood was filled with nature and now every time I step outdoors or open a window or door, I feel at home. I am at peace.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 21, 2015:
i like williams wordworth quote, lt nature become your teacher. awesome
poetryman6969 on December 08, 2014:
Trees with tongues would be wicked strange.
Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on September 21, 2014:
This poem was written by Pavel Friedmann and was found when the Allies liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt. The camp once housed 150,000 people, including 15,000 children (90% of the children perished). Friedmann was taken from Theresienstadt in 1942 and was killed in Auschwitz on September 29, 1944.
The Last Butterfly
The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing
against a white stone. . . .
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly 'way up high.
It went away I'm sure because it wished to
kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I've lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here,
in the ghetto.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 05, 2014:
Thanks Dim! I love when readers find this particular hub because I know it will give them some peaceful moments in our crazy world! Enjoy.
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on August 05, 2014:
l absolutely love this hub. The quotes are amazing,
l know l will come back to this to read over again,
Thank you for such an uplifting , encouraging, beautiful piece of work.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 03, 2014:
Thanks Suzette. A day without nature would indeed be a dull, uninspired day. I'm so thankful for my childhood and I know because of it, I have a deep love and appreciation for nature. We feel alive when we are amongst living things. We're lucky to live near the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.! I'm happy that you've enjoyed this hub. Enjoy your summer!
Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 03, 2014:
I love, love, love this hub! You have chosen some great quotes and photos. But, the quotes I love the most are your own. The one about the Gulf is wonderful because I have to tell you I too feel the same way at the Gulf (Naples) When we were kids and were told to go out and play, it was getting close to nature. We have that connection to nature that I fear children today do not. Their lives are so programmed with activities, video games, computer games, TV etc. that I fear they will never know the delight of 'just going out to play,' and having to entertain themselves by climbing a tree or swinging on a vine. That was the best part of childhood for us. Thanks so much for an enchanting hub and sharing all these quotes and your own with us. Voted up+ and shared.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on November 01, 2013:
Thanks Rayne and JG for reading and commenting. Nature quotes have a way of helping us refresh and refocus on what's important. Life can be like a giant maze sometimes and we get caught up in it. Nature restores balance to our lives.
Rayne123 on November 01, 2013:
Sorry I just noticed my comment, I meant to say........"they are not as well written as the ones you have posted" sorry
JG11Bravo on November 01, 2013:
A few of my favorites are in there. Very nice.
Rayne123 on October 09, 2013:
Great hubs, I love quotes, I have a page of them myself. Mind you they are well written like these people that's for sure, but they speak from my heart.
There is one quote I love from Jesus....Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on June 30, 2013:
Hi Wayne, thanks for visiting. I love quotes also, and have journals full of them. They have inspired me in so many ways, so many times throughout my life. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It's delightful to think of earth laughing, isn't it? Nice to meet another fellow Floridian hubber, and in the same part of the state!
Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on June 30, 2013:
Almost 20 years ago, I bought, "Peters book of quotations" to use in reference with my writing and I have been addicted to quotes ever since.
"The earth laughs in flowers". What a simple yet beautiful quote. Very good piece Rebekah.
MrsBrownsParlour on April 24, 2013:
Absolutely wonderful collection of quotes! I love quotes and recognized a few favorites. These are so uplifting, and your message of looking to nature for inspiration is truly valuable. :-) ~Lurana
Marie Alana from Ohio on March 07, 2013:
Great quotes! I love the Giving Tree as well! It has quite simple pictures, but it's words go so deep. I really enjoy sharing it with children. Great hub!
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 13, 2012:
Thanks all, I appreciate the nice comments. I'm happy to share these beautiful nature quotes with you. Our world so needs the peace that is found in nature.
Margaret Skipper from Baton Rouge, LA on August 11, 2012:
Aaw, such lovely words and the main picture up top is very beautiful! Great hub!
carriethomson from United Kingdom on May 21, 2012:
it is so inspiring and it directly touches the heart.... so nicely described..
even pictures are the most beautiful taken..thanks
Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on May 20, 2012:
Awesome quotes. Voting up, Awesome and Beautiful. I love that all of these are nature inspired.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 18, 2012:
I come back to this hub for two or three quotes about nature again and again. I'll do it until the rain stops and I can go outside! Voted up and awesome, and shared.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on April 21, 2012:
Thanks for reading American Choices. I'm sorry to hear about your loss! That would be upsetting. Hopefully they will return. I hope you can visit this hub again when it's not so painful. Nature is so healing.
Ken Kline from USA on April 21, 2012:
I had in my office for years, three quotes from nature with scenes of nature. Sadly, those pictured were stolen. We filed the police report last week. The pictures are very distinctive and I remain hopeful they will be return to me - their rightful owner.
These are very painful for me to read at this point. I miss those pictures. I know the return is unlikely but I am not able to even find the pictures - it was a triple set that I created from three at Successories but the prints are out of production.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on April 13, 2012:
Thanks guys and gals! I'm happy that you enjoyed reading this hub about nature. I enjoyed putting it together hoping it will calm and inspire others in this busy, busy world we live in.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 12, 2012:
Very inspiring hub. I love the way you introduce the nature with us. Thanks for share with us. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Have a lovely day!
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 31, 2012:
It feels so wonderful to read this just before going to bed.
1:13 AM, Kathmandu
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 2012:
What a fabulous collection of quotes, such wisdom a beauty about the natural world and our place in it. our relationship to it, our need to be in nature. I feel relaxed and more peaceful after reading your beautiful essay. SHARING
AnnaCia on March 25, 2012:
Enjoy this creative collection of quotes inspired by different views of Nature.
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 24, 2012:
Wonderful array of quotes and very well said... Thank you for all your hard work.
Hugs from Canada
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on March 14, 2012:
Always exploring, I love your screen name! Thanks for stopping by and reading. And keep exploring. :))
@Movie Master, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed reading these inspiring quotes. I enjoyed putting this hub together and hope that it continues to inspire and calm all those who take the time to read ~ nature is always calling for us. Thanks MM.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 14, 2012:
What a fabulous collection of inspirational nature quotes, I am bookmarking this and know I will read again and again, thank you and voted up
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 12, 2012:
Beautiful quotes and words to live by..Thank you..
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on March 11, 2012:
Thank you for posting. It's one of my absolute favorite books. And America the Beautiful is beautiful, indeed.
noturningback from Edgewater, MD. USA on March 11, 2012:
Once there was a tree....
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk
and swing from her branches
and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired,
he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree....
And the tree was happy.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
America the Beautiful words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Sorry, but I could not help myself. I love the great outdoors and all the splendor revealed to me when I am in it.