Posted by: Stefan Anderson | April 19, 2012

Some Favorite Quotes

James R. Lowenstine

Conserve School’s founder James R. Lowenstine was known for his fondness for quotes and sayings. He not only liked to collect the, he loved to share them. If one was to visit his home or tour the offices of his company Central Steel & Wire one would find much wisdom waiting to be read on the walls. I have been told that when he found a quote he really liked he would have it printed up on fine card stock paper (this was in the days before internet) and have it distributed to his workers.

Conserve School carries on this Lowenstine tradition. Walking the halls of Conserve School one will find frequent postings of quotes and sayings. One of the most popular features of the Conserve School Facebook page are the “Notable Quote” entries. In the spirit of James R. Lowenstine and in honor of Earth Day I would like to share some of my favorite quotes with you in this blog entry. Please feel free to share your favorites in the blog comments or on the Conserve School Facebook page.

~Stefan Anderson
Head of School, Conserve School

“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” ~Edward Abbey

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~Guillaume Apollinaire

“Things do change. The only question is since things are deteriorating so quickly, will society and man’s habits change quickly enough?” ~Isaac Asimov

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~Milton Berle

“I’m impressed with what young people can do before older people tell them it’s impossible.” ~David Brower

“If you violate Nature’s laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.” ~Luther Burbank

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia

“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.” ~Jimmy Carter

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” ~W.J. Cameron

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” ~Rachel Carson

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~Rachel Carson

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” ~Gretel Ehrlich

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” ~Robert Fulghum

“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.” ~Bill Gates

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” ~Jane Goodall

“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.” ~Jane Goodall

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can learn from books.” ~Joseph Wood Krutch

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson

“Teach the student to see the land, understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.” ~Aldo Leopold

“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet, one need only own a good shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree—and there will be one. If his back be strong and his shovel sharp, there may eventually be ten thousand.” ~Aldo Leopold

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir

“I hope that the United States of America is not so rich that she can afford to let these wildernesses pass by. Or so poor that she cannot afford to keep them.” ~Margaret Murie

“Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?” ~Margaret Murie

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin

“As long as there are young people with the light of adventure in their eyes or a touch of wildness in their souls, rapids will be run.” ~Sigurd Olson

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” ~George S. Patton

“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” ~Ellis Peters

“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” ~ David Polis

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~Teddy Roosevelt

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~Shakespeare

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~ Mark Twain

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” ~Christine Todd Whitman

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!” ~Author Unknown

“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” ~Author Unknown

Here is a short video slide show produced in October of 2009 by Katie Connolly, a student in the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Graduate Fellowship program which is hosted at Conserve School. She artfully combines some wonderful quotes with music and photos of Conserve School’s Lowenwood campus.


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