"those that love their own chimney corner and dare not go far beyond their own towns’ end shall never have the honor to see the wonderful works of almighty God"
— rev. francis higginson
where the white walkers move through the woods
"when one is alone at night in the depths of these woods, the stillness is at once awful and sublime. every leaf seems to speak."
"come to the woods, for here is rest. there is no repose like that of the green deep woods…sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains."
— john muir
"sometimes i’ll be talking to someone, and i’ll be like ‘yeah, i’ve been really lonely lately’ and they’ll be like ‘well we should hang out!’ and i’m like ‘no, that’s not what i meant. that’s not what i meant at all.’"
— john mulaney
"you have to have suffered because the suffering is what burns through you and deepens the compassion and opens the door. suffering brings you closer to the mystery."
— ram dass
"i thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
i slept as never before,
a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me
and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts,
and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
all night i heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds
who do their work in the darkness.
all night i rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom.
i had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better."
— sleeping in the forest - mary oliver