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So lucky are we to have had so many extraordinary individuals share their wisdom with the world.  Here are some of my favorites.

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
- John Muir

"The diversity of life on this planet is a miraculous gift.  What gives me the greatest joy is being able to shre glimpses of it.  I hope my work stands as a testament to the power of timeless beauty and a reminder that we must not take our fellow creatures for granted."
-Thomas Mangelsen

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
-John Muir

"Above all we must realize that each of us makes a difference with our life. Each of us impacts the world around us every single day. We have a choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place - or not to bother"
-Jane Goodall

"Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment."
-David Attenborough

"The naturalist is a civilized hunter. He goes alone into the field or woodland and closes his mind to everything but that time and place, so that life around him presses in on all the senses and small details grow in significance. He begins the scanning search for which cognition was engineered. His mind becomes unfocused, it focuses on everything, no longer directed toward any ordinary task or social pleasantry."
-E. O. Wilson

"I hope the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by, or so poor she cannot afford to keep them."
-Margaret (Mardy) Murie

"After you've painted a couple of thousand paintings, then you can begin."
-Carl Rungius

“For those of us who portray wildlife . . . our decision to persist in our quest for excellence is almost always based on a love affair, a fascination with the creatures of our planet, and a need to share this feeling the best way we know how.”
-Bob Kuhn

I know that I could, under ordinary circumstances, accumulate wealth and obtain a fair position in society, and I am arrived at an age that requires that I should choose some definite course for life. But I am sure that the mind of no truant schoolboy is more free and disengaged from all the grave plans and purposes and pursuits of ordinary orthodox life than mine!
-John Muir

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