"Great Spirit, give us hearts to understand: never to take from creation's beauty more than we gan give; never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed; never to deny to give our hands for the building of Earth's beauty; never to take from her what we cannot use. Give us hearts to understand that to destroy Earth's music is to create confusion; that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty; that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench; that as we care for her, she will care for us. We have forgotten who we are. We have sought only our own security. We have exploited simply for our own ends. We have distorted our knowledge, we have abused our power. Great Spirit whose dry lands thirst, help us to find the way to refresh our lands. Great Spirit, whose waters are chocked with debris and pollution, help us find the way to cleanse your waters. Great Spirit, whose beautiful Earth grows ugly with misuse, help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork. Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed, help us to find a way to replenish them. Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore humanity." --Cherokee Prayer (copied from The Lion's Den)
" Nature’s silence is its one remark.
" We hope to avail the nation of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use, if not sought for and cultivated."
" Don’t complain that rosebushes have thorns, rather, rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.
" We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics."
" If I were running the world I would only have it rain only between 2 and 5 a.m. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet."
--William Lyon Phelps
" Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats."
" The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office."
" Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise."Back to the main page.