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Wendell Berry Quotes (25 Quotes)


  • Like the water
    of a deep stream, love is always too much.
    (Wendell Berry, "")

  • I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • And all my life I have dreaded the return
    of that year, sure that it still is
    somewhere, like a dead enemys soul.
    (Wendell Berry, "")

  • A person who undertakes to grow a garden at home, by practices that will preserve rather than exploit the economy of the soil, has his mind precisely against what is wrong with us.... What I am saying is that if we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of the earth, but also the earth's ability to produce.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
    (Wendell Berry)


  • We clasp the hands of those that go before us, And the hands of those who come after us. We enter the little circle of each other's arms And the larger circle of lovers, Whose hands are joined in a dance, And the larger circle of all creatures, Passing in and out of life, Who move also in a dance, To a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it Except in fragments
    (Wendell Berry)

  • Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • I come into the presence of still water.
    (Wendell Berry, "")

  • If you grow a garden you are going to shed some sweat, and you are going to spend some time bent over you will experience some aches and pains. But it is in the willingness to accept this discomfort that we strike the most telling blow against the power plants and what they represent.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • In a dream I meet
    my dead friend.
    (Wendell Berry, "")

  • It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.
    (Wendell Berry)

  • Whatever
    Is unsure is possible, and life is bigger
    Than flesh.
    (Wendell Berry, "")

  • We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
    (Wendell Berry)

  • Abandon,
    as in love or sleep, holds
    them to their way, clear
    in the ancient faith: what we need
    is here.
    (Wendell Berry, "")


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