Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians.
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.
I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.
I've always said I want a farmer, not a hunter. Hunters go for the kill and they move on. A farmer nurtures; he watches things grow.
No computer, no gadget, no trickery. I am an animal, it is a plant. I will beat the weed!
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
I was lucky enough to see with my own eyes the recent stock-market crash, where they lost several million dollars, a rabble of dead money that went sliding off into the sea.
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.
Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.
The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead. And it's real simple. And I think it's not that uncommon.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a Yeti.
My father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT, and my mother taught high school English.
I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
From the Sun I learned this: when he goes down, overrich; he pours gold into the sea out of inexhaustible riches, so that even the poorest fisherman still rows with golden oars. For this I once saw and I did not tire of my tears as I watched it.