Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

— Gary Snyder

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Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance beween spirit and humility.


Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.


Practically speaking, a life that is vowed to simplicity, appropriate boldness, good humor, gratitude, unstinting work and play, and lots of walking, brings us close to the actually existing world and its wholeness.


Wildness It is perennially within us, dormant as a hard-shelled seed, awaiting the fire or flood that awakes it again.


We . . . must try to live without causing unnecessary harm, not just to fellow humans but to all beings. We must try not to be stingy, or to exploit others. There will be enough pain in the world as it is.


You should really know what the complete natural world of your region is and know what all its interactions are and how you are interacting with it yourself. This is just part of the work of becoming who you are, where you are.


Range after range of mountains. Year after year after year. I am still in love.


I hold the most archaic values on earth .

.. the fertility of the soul, the magic of the animals, the power-vision in solitude.... the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.


When the mind is exhausted of images, it invents its own.


Clambering up the Cold Mountain path, The Cold Mountain trail goes on and on: The long gorge choked with scree and boulders, The wide creek, the mist-blurred grass. The moss is slippery, though there's been no rain The pine sings, but there's no wind. Who can leap the world's ties And sit with me among the white clouds?


In Western Civilization, our elders are books.


True affluence is to not need anything.


About Gary Snyder

Quotes 79 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

There are those who love to get dirty and fix things.

They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.


Having a place means that you know what a place means.

..what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense...Integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness


Why should the peculiarities of human consciousness be the narrow standard by which other creatures are judged?


Wildness is not just the "preservation of the world," it is the world


For those who can, one of the things to do is not to move.

To stay put. That doesn't mean don't travel; it means have a place and get involved in what can be done in that place. That's the only way we're going to have a representative democracy in America. Nobody stays anywhere long enough to take responsibility for a local community.


The best thing you can do for the planet is to stay home.


Being the Stream Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream, so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies. Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally into it.


All this new stuff goes on top turn it over, turn it over wait and water down from the dark bottom turn it inside out let it spread through Sift down even. Watch it sprout. A mind like compost.


Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.


After weeks of watching the roof leak I fixed it tonight by moving a single board


A great poet does not express his or her self; he expresses all of our selves.


Read carefully, then don't read; work hard, then forget about it; know your tradition, then liberate yourself from it; learn language, then free yourself from it. Finally, know at least one form of magic.


I don't know of any other city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighborhoods, and you're never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here.


Today we are aware as never before of the plurality of human life-styles and possibilities, while at the same time being tied, like in an old silent movie, to a runaway locomotive rushing headlong toward a very singular catastrophe


In Paul Friedrich's book Proto-Indo-European Trees he identifies the "semantic primitives" of the Indo-European tribe of languages through a group of words that have not changed much through twelve thousand years - and those are tree names: especially birch, willow, adler, elm, ash, apple and beech (bher, wyt, alysos, ulmo, os, abul, bhago). Seed syllables, bija, of the life of the west.


In the 40,000 year time scale we're all the same people.

We're all equally primitive, give or take two or three thousand years here or a hundred years there.


I recalled when I worked in the woods and the bars of Madras, Oregon.

That short-haired joy and roughness America your stupidity. I could almost love you again.


You run into people who want to write poetry who don't want to read anything in the tradition. That's like wanting to be a builder but not finding out what different kinds of wood you use.


stay together learn the flowers go light


Our relation to the natural world takes place in a place.


Grandfather Space. The Mind is his Wife


Doom scenarios, even though they might be true, are not politically or psychologically effective. The first step . . . is to make us love the world rather than to make us fear for the end of the world.


All that we did was human, stupid, easily forgiven, Not quite right.


My Grandmother standing wordless fifteen minutes Between rows of loganberries, clippers poised in her hand.


O, ah! The awareness of emptiness brings forth a heart of compassion!


What is any religion? A little ritual, a little superstition, and some magic.

It's not a strictly spiritual affair; it has psychological roles to fulfill. You might not want it to be a religion based on your own experience but that's like wanting to clean up your dreams


To work on behalf of the wild is to restore culture


When making an axe handle the pattern is not far off.


The Buddha taught that all life is suffering.

We might also say that life, being both attractive and constantly dangerous, is intoxicating and ultimately toxic. 'Toxic' comes from toxicon, Pendell tells us, with a root meaning of 'a poisoned arrow.' All organic life is struck by the arrows of real and psychic poisons. This is understood by any true, that is to say, not self-deluding, spiritual path.


Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.


Forests in the tropics are cut to make pasture to raise beef for the American market. Our distance from the source of our food enables us to be superficially more comfortable, and distinctly more ignorant.


Zen aims at freedom but its practice is disciplined.


Clouds sink down the hills Coffee is hot again. The dog Turns and turns about, stops and sleeps.


I try to hold both history and wilderness in mind, that my poems may the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.


Poetry a riprap on the slick rock of metaphysics


Streams and mountains never stay the same.


I never find words right away. Poems for me always begin with images and rhythms, shapes, feelings, forms, dances in the back of my mind.