Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.
— George Bernard Shaw

May the countryside and the gliding valley streams content me. Lost to fame, let me love river and woodland.
Virgil Publius Vergilius Maro countryside quote

Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced.... Tropical beaches turned into high-priced slums where thousand-room hotels elbowed each other for glimpses of once-famous surf not because those who loved the beaches wanted them there but because enormous jets could bring a million tourists every year
— Archibald MacLeish

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
— Leonardo da Vinci

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
— countryside quotation by Arthur Conan Doyle