Sometimes, I feel like walking barefoot on the earth and lying on the grass with my face to the sun is the most spiritual thing I could do. Life is but a day at most and I feel richly alive and connected to all that’s available through this day when I’m in tune with nature. Because we are part of this world, this experience, let’s bask in these Mother Nature quotes; they feed the wild at heart.
“Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
To live in accordance with nature is to be in harmony with life and oneself; it is happiness, I think. That kind of connection with what’s all around us, which somehow simultaneously sends us on a journey inward, is more spiritual than anything else I can think of.
The energy of the wilderness, even if it’s in your own backyard, is reminiscent of home. Not everyone feels the same way, but I’d be bold enough to say that’s only so because they have forgotten themselves. Nevertheless, a thread connects us with what’s beyond our door because we are nature.
I don’t spend as much time out in the natural world as I would like. There seems to be an abundance of excuses why I can’t go outside exploring, playing, surrounding myself with the sensations of the natural world.
I mean, instead of sitting in a chair looking at a screen, what if I took my pen and paper outside, even if it was just for ten minutes a day? I could afford to walk somewhere, anywhere, because it would help me in all sorts of ways—but I need to remind myself of that.
The simpler and more accessible the excursions into the outdoors, the more likely we’re apt to take them. Simple always seems to bring us back home…
That’s why I’d love for you to surround yourself with these Mother Nature quotes right now. Take a few minutes to browse and ponder your favorite. Ask yourself how you can best spend a little bit more time outside today—ten minutes, even two, might lift your spirit.
Our ancient mother never ceases to inspire me to work, play, love, and live better. I think I could use an extra dose of sunshine, fresh air, and earthy energy today. Off I go…
25 Mother Nature Quotes That Highlight the Gifts of Living
1. “We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.” — Carl Sagan
2. “Moments of solitude with Mother Nature is sunshine to a soul.” — Anthony Douglas Williams
3. “Miracles do not, in face, break the laws of nature.” — C.S. Lewis
4. “The wild woman has a deep love of nature, a love for the ancient mother. Though possibly misunderstood, it has always been in her. When she goes into the wilderness a part of her soul is going home.” — Shikoba“And forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahlil Gibran Click To Tweet
6. “We know ourselves to be made from this earth. We know this earth is made from our bodies. For we see ourselves and we are nature. We are nature, seeing nature. Nature weeping. Nature speaking of nature to nature.” — Susan Griffin
7. “We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” — Andy Goldsworthy
8. “Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
9. “We need to wake up and fall in love with the Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh“When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” — David Orr Click To Tweet
11. “Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexations or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson
12. “There is no better designer than nature.” — Alexander Mcqueen
13. “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright“The poetry of earth is never dead.” — John Keats Click To Tweet
15. “The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.” — Daniel Webster
16. “The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.” — Thomas Berry
17. “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” — John Burroughs
18. “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” — John Ruskin“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” — Juvenal Click To Tweet
20. “It is this earth that, like a kind mother, received us at our birth, and sustains us when born; it is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy of man… thought she produces the poison, she still supplies the antidote… and when life is over she piously covers his remains in her bosom.” — Pliny the Elder
21. “Go out, go out I beg of you / And taste the beauty of the wild. / Behold the miracle of the earth / With all the wonder of a child.” — Edna Jacques
22. “We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” — William Hazlitt
23. “Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life.” — Elizabeth Goudge“We need to teach people to go into their backyards, that real healing is all around us.” — Margi Flint Click To Tweet
(This next one is long, I know, but the message is a powerful one.)
25. “How was it possible, I asked myself, to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing worthy of note? I who cannot see find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough, shaggy bark of a pine. In spring I touch the branches of trees hopefully in search of a bud, the first sign of awakening Nature after her winter’s sleep. I feel the delightful, velvety texture of a flower, and discover its remarkable convolutions; and something of the miracle of Nature is revealed to me. Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song. I am delighted to have the cool waters of a brook rush through my open fingers. To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. To me the pageant of seasons is a thrilling and unending drama, the action of which streams through my finger tips.
At times my heart cries out with longing to see all these things. If I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight. Yet, those who have eyes apparently see little. The panorama of color and action which fills the world is taken for granted. It is human, perhaps, to appreciate little that which we have and to long for that which we have not, but it is a great pity that in the world of light the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life.” — Helen Keller, Three Days to See
How do you most love to spend your time in nature?
If you had five minutes to spare each day to venture into the natural world, what would you do?
Share your favorite Mother Nature quotes, how you’d love to spend your time in the heartbeat of life, and any inspiring insights or lessons from the natural world with me in the comments.
Send these Mother Nature quotes to a friend with a wild heart.
Don’t just see with your eyes today; see with all your senses and your whole being, and really experience how full life can be.