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Land

  • My own recipe for world peace is a bit of land for everyone.

  • No one in the United States has the right to own millions of acres of American land, I don't care how they came by it.

  • Strange to say, conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.

  • This land was an enigma. It was like a horse that no one knows how to break to harness, that runs wild and kicks things to pieces.

  • Well! some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.

  • ... there have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land.

  • And where was happiness if it sprung not from the soil? Where contentment if it dwelt not near to Nature?

  • To the land, she had given her mind and heart with the abandonment that she had found disastrous in any human relation.

  • The truth is I've got the land on my back, an' it's drivin' me. Land is a hard driver.

  • Houses are individual and can be owned, like nests, and fought for. But what of the land? It seems to me that the earth may be borrowed but not bought. It may be used, but not owned. It gives itself in response to love and tending, offers its seasonal flowering and fruiting. But we are tenants and not possessors, lovers and not masters.

  • I am not given to superstition, yet there are certain places in old Asian countries where human beings have been born and have lived and died for so many generations that the very earth is saturated with their flesh and the air seems crowded with their continuing presence.

  • It has been proved that the land can exist without the country — and be better for it; it has not been proved ... that the country can exist without the land.

    • Alice Walker,
    • "Everything Is a Human Being," Living by the Word ()
  • We are the land. To the best of my understanding, that is the fundamental idea that permeates American Indian life ...

  • What the Indians are saying is that they are recognizing the right of wilderness to be wilderness. Wilderness is not an extension of human need or of human justification. It is itself and it is inviolate, itself. This does not mean that, therefore, we become separated from it, because we don't. We stay connected if, once in our lives, we learn exactly what that connection is between our heart, our womb, our mind, and wilderness. And when each of us has her wilderness within her, we can be together in a balanced kind of way. The forever, we have that within us.

  • This is a dream as old as America itself: give me a piece of land to call my own, a little town where everyone knows my name.

  • Maka ke wakan — the land is sacred. These words are at the core of our being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies. We'd become just suntanned white men, the jetsam and flotsam of your great melting pot.

  • I do not own an inch of land, / But all I see is mine, — / The orchard and the mowing-fields, / The lawns and gardens fine. / The winds my tax-collectors are, / They bring me tithes divine ...

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "A Strip of Blue," in Edmund Clarence Stedman, An American Anthology 1787-1900 ()
  • ... much agricultural land which might be growing food is being used instead to 'grow' money (in the form of coffee, tea, etc.).

  • ... in a world where only a minor portion of the land is really well suited to agriculture, man is using much of the best land with dubious efficiency.

  • I think nobody owns land until their dead are in it ...

  • The land around San Juan Capistrano is the pocket where the Creator keeps all his treasures. Anything will grow there ...

  • This land is the house / we have always lived in.

  • We have an arsenal of ideas about land use possibly as dangerous to human life on the planet as the use of nuclear arms.

    • Janet Kauffman,
    • "Letting Go: The Virtue of Vacant Ground," in Michael Martone, ed., A Sense of Place ()
  • ... the most fundamental pride in the world is the pride you have in owning a little piece of land! You've got to live on your own land, walk on it, work in its dirt, to know the final pride of being free.

  • When people lose their ties to the land they grow corrupt. Inevitably, they grow corrupt.

  • [On her Freedom Farm Cooperative:] If you give a hungry man food, he will eat it. [But] if you give him land, he will grow his own food.

  • One of the reasons that democracy has worked so well for so long in America is that we have had a wide ownership of land in the hands of a great many people. That contribution is today very definitely threatened.

  • Landscape consists in the multiple, overlapping intricacies and forms that exist in a given space at a moment in time.

  • A good-looking piece of scenery anywhere delights the eye and elevates the spirits. Some of us, crude creatures that we are, are merely excited; finer souls draw ethical and spiritual nutrients from the sight.

  • The sunshine had the density of gold-leaf: we seemed to be driving through the landscape of a missal.

  • The hills are going somewhere; / They have been on the way a long time. / They are like camels in a line / But they move more slowly.

  • The trees and shrubbery seemed well-groomed and social, like pleasant people.

  • To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

  • The older a people grows, the more it absorbs its own landscape and builds to it.

  • Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow's grass.

  • The most beautiful landscapes in the world, if they evoke no memory, if they bear no trace of a remarkable event, are uninteresting compared to historic landscapes.

  • Prairie settlers always saw a sea or an ocean of grass, could never think of any other metaphor, since most of them had lately seen the Atlantic.

  • ... valleys are the sunken places of the earth, cañons are scored out by the glacier ploughs of God.

  • The body repeats the landscape. They are the source of each other and create each other.

    • Meridel Le Sueur,
    • "The Ancient People and the Newly Come," in Chester G. Anderson, ed., Growing Up in Minnesota: Ten Writers Remember Their Childhoods ()
  • Green hills be walls / Forever shaping us.

  • ... landscape, that vast still life, invites description, not narration. It is lyric. It has no story: it is the beloved, and asks only to be contemplated.

  • Landscape shapes culture.