Sermon quotes on the wild

Wendell Berry

In human culture is the preservation of wildness.

What I Stand On: Collected Essays 1969-2017.

Wendell Berry

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.

What Are People For?: Essays, Counterpoint

G.K. Chesterton

[The chief aim of Christianity] was to give room for good things to run wild.


G.K. Chesterton

The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.

The Essential Gilbert K. Chesterton

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

T.S. Eliot

How wild it was, to let it be.

Jim Gaffigan

I am what you would call indoorsy.

John Muir

I will follow my instincts, be myself for good or ill, and see what will be the upshot. As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

John Muir

You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.

Mary Oliver

For me it was important to be alone; solitude was a prerequisite to being openly and joyfully susceptible and responsive to the world of leaves, light, birdsong, flowers, flowing water.

Upstream: Selected Essays

Maurice Sendak

“He’s just a boy, pretending to be a wolf, pretending to be king”

Where the Wild Things Are

Henry David Thoreau

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

Walking (Finch & Elder, p. 192)

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.”

Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Leo Tolstoy

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.

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