"Many people learn how to talk, but they don't learn how to listen. Listening to one another is an important thing in life. And music tells us how to do that."
"Do not teach your children never to get angry; teach them how to get angry."
"We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room."
"Life goes on, having nowhere else to go."
"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between."
"Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is."
"Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight."
"A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically."
"Love is the best school, but the tuition is high and the homework can be painful."
"What a lonely species we are, searching for signals of life from other galaxies, adopting companion animals, visiting parks and zoos to commune with other beasts."
"We tend to think of heroes only in terms of violent combat, whether it's against enemies or a natural disaster. But human beings also perform radical acts of compassion; we just don't talk about them, or we don't talk about them as much."
"Just as our ancient ancestors drew animals on cave walls and carved animals from wood and bone, we decorate our homes with animal prints and motifs, give our children stuffed animals to clutch, cartoon animals to watch, animal stories to read."
"I'm fascinated how often and with what whole-heartedness people will risk their lives to perform acts of courage, sacrifice, and compassion for total strangers."
"Even without seeing the crickets, grasshoppers, cicadas and katydids, we hear them shrilling in this season and trust that they're the tiny living gargoyles entomologists claim."
"We ogle plants and animals up close on television, the Internet and in the movies. We may not worship the animals we see, but we still regard them as necessary physical and spiritual companions. Technological nature can't completely satisfy that yearning."
"Gardeners may create order briefly out of chaos, but nature always gets the last word, and what it says is usually untidy by human standards. But I find all states of nature beautiful, and because I want to delight in my garden, not rule it, I just accept my yen to tame the chaos on one day and let the Japanese beetles run riot on the next."
"I believe in growing things, and in the things which have grown and died magnificently. I believe in people and in the simple aspects of human life, and in the relation of man to nature. I believe man must be free, both in spirit and society, that he must build strength into himself, affirming the "enormous beauty of the world" and acquiring the confidence to see and to express his vision. And I believe in photography as one means of expressing this affirmation, and of achieving an ultimate happiness and faith."
"A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into."
"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."
"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance."