- I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.
‘The Peace of Wild Things’ (1968)
- We can learn about it [conservation of the environment] from exceptional people of our own culture, and from other cultures less destructive than ours. I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
now widely quoted in the form ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children’ and wrongly attributed to the American naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785–1851): see Quote Investigator
The Unforeseen Wilderness: An Essay on Kentucky’s Red River Gorge (1971)
- The earth is what we all have in common.
The Unsettling of America (1977)