"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Wendell Berry on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Wendell Berry on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Wendell Berry on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Wendell Berry on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Wendell Berry on Dalai Lama
"We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease."
"It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits."
"To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd."
"Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can't be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy."
"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."