Diane Ackerman is an American naturalist, author, essayist, teacher and poet who gained recognition for her unique way of exploring the wonders of the world through her poems. She studied English at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to acquire a masters degree and Ph.D. in fine arts from Cornell University. Ackeman has also taught at both Cornell University and Columbia University during her illustrious career. She has conducted research on natural phenomena at far corners of the world and her essays on these subjects have appeared in some of the leading publications like ‘The New Yorker’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘Parade and Smithsonian’. Ackerman has also been a prolific non-fiction writer and some of her noted works include ‘The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us’, ‘Dawn Light’, ‘One Hundred Names of Love’, ‘An Alchemy of Mind’, ‘Cultivating Delight’, ‘The Rarest of the Rare’, ‘A Natural History of Love’ and ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’, which is to be turned into a motion picture. Ackerman is rightly considered to be among the most influential naturalists in the world. Her essays, writings and poems give a glimpse about her passion and love as an environmentalist. We have scanned Diane Ackerman's several works and writings to highlight her most popular and relevant quotes. Here is a collection of Diane Ackerman’s quotes and thoughts on love, life, rainbow, mystery, nature, spirituality, beauty, environment, creatures, planet and enrichment.
Words are small shapes in the gorgeous chaos of the world.
Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? ...We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.
How can love's spaciousness
be conveyed in the narrow
confines of one syllable?
The daftest logic brings such sweet unrest.
Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They're never total fits or misfits. ... We marry children who have grown up and still rejoice in being children .... [p. 15]
Listen, I'd rather lie naked in a plowed field under an incontinent horse for a week than have to read that paragraph again!
In the early years of the Uprising, we survived on one meal a day of horse meat and soup, but by the end we ate only dried peas, dogs, cats and birds.
A good strategy should dictate the right actions. Any action mustn't be impulsive, but analyzed along with all its possible outcomes. A solid plan always includes many backups and alternatives.
I do feel responsible. He used to be able to look after himself. Now he can't. That's so different, so strange. The big question is: Is more improvement really possible, or should I stop pushing him?' [p. 153]