Quotes About Wildness

Quotes About Wildness

What does it mean to be wild? In Jack Turner’s collection of passionate wilderness rants, The Abstract Wild, he states, “We can spend a lifetime in parks and wilderness areas and on adventure-travel trips and remain starved for wild country and wild people.” Time in wilderness does not equate wildness.

Perhaps wildness is a state of mine or a way of living as Robert Bly so exquisitely states, “True wildness is a love of nature, a delight in silence, a voice free to say spontaneous things, and an exuberant curiosity in the face of the unknown.”

The quotes below are excerpted from books, papers, and poems and express what it means to be wild.

“Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” ~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.”~Henry David Thoreau

Wild woman are an unexplainable spark of life. They ooze freedom and seek awareness, they belong to nobody but themselves yet give a piece of who they are to everyone they meet. If you have met one, hold on to her, she’ll allow you into her chaos but she’ll also show you her magic.” ~Nikki Rowe

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” ~Charles Lindbergh

“There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.” ~Emily Carr

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world.” ~John Muir

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” ~Terry Tempest Williams

“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.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“To be wild is not to be crazy or psychotic. True wildness is a love of nature, a delight in silence, a voice free to say spontaneous things, and an exuberant curiosity in the face of the unknown.” ~Robert Bly

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world-the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.” ~John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” ~John Muir

“The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life.” ~Robert Maclver

“We can try to kill all that is native, string it up by its hind legs for all to see, but spirit howls and wildness endures.” ~Terry Tempest Williams

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