There is no shortage of inspiring words about the natural world. Poets, writers, essayists, and speakers have all gifted us with quotes about nature, from Henry David Thoreau in his classic book, Walden, to John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and writer known for his activism. Poets from Lord Byron to Shakespeare have penned stanzas about the beauty of nature, and contemporary authors such as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Margaret Atwood have included motivational words about nature in their works.

Here are 15 quotes about nature to lift your spirits and bring the natural world to you:

“The earth has music for those who listen”
― Shakespeare

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

― John Muir

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― Lord Byron

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” 
― Khalil Gibran

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
― John Keats

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature―the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
― John Burroughs

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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