Nature’s Common Sense

Nature presents to us constantly the reminder of our roots, our organic selves, our place in the natural and creative world. It also brings us back to what is real and sensible. In short, we are able to retrieve our commons sense and sanity in what is increasingly an insane society.

Today I’m bringing you some of my favorite quotes from American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau:

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”


“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.”


“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.”


“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”


“Every blade in the field – Every leaf in the forest – lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.”


“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”


“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”


How would you like the future of our children and grandchildren to look? A world dominated by computers, machines, and robots, or one where we are connected to the heart of Nature? The question is important, because we need to make intentional choices for our future now.

Have a beautiful weekend. I hope you enjoy at least a little part of Nature to feed your soul. We all need that sort of nourishment and healing right now.

Susan L Hart 2023 /

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