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A collection of quotations and thoughts by Gary Snyder on nature, conservation, poetry, home, drink, earth, planet, Buddhism and revolution.

28 Motivational Quotes By Gary Snyder, The Man Of Letters

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Famous As: American man of letters

Born On: May 8, 1930

Born In: San Francisco

Gary Snyder is a famous American poet, environmentalist and educator. His early days at college kindled in him interest in poetry and he successfully published some of his early poems. He went to the University of California to study Asian culture and languages. Here he got a chance to visit Japan to study Zen where he became the disciple of Miura Isshu and studied various ancient texts. He was greatly influenced by the culture and converted to Buddhism. During this time he published many poems which depicted his experiences of life. He further published a collection of his poems titled ‘The Back Country’ which were a record of his experiences in the last 15 years. In the next three decades he published various poems including the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ winner book ‘Turtle Island’. He went on to become a professor at the University of California and still works as the professor emeritus of English. His writings, thoughts, poems, books and work have a large readership. Here is a compilation of quotations and sayings by Gary Snyder on naturalism, environment, ecology, spirituality, suffering, truth, coffee, responsibility and books.
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O, ah! The awareness of emptiness brings forth a heart of compassion!

Gary Snyder

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

Gary Snyder

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.

Gary Snyder

When the mind is exhausted of images, it invents its own.

Gary Snyder

Stay together learn the flowers go light

Gary Snyder

Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.

Gary Snyder

In Western Civilization, our elders are books.

Gary Snyder

Nature is orderly. That which appears to be chaotic in nature is only a more complex kind of order.

Gary Snyder

All that we did was human, stupid, easily forgiven, Not quite right.

Gary Snyder

With no surroundings there can be no path, and with no path one cannot become free.

Gary Snyder

All this new stuff goes on top turn it over, turn it over wait and water down from the dark bottom turn it inside out let it spread through Sift down even. Watch it sprout. A mind like compost.

Gary Snyder

Range after range of mountains. Year after year after year. I am still in love.

Gary Snyder

I hold the most archaic values on earth ... the fertility of the soul, the magic of the animals, the power-vision in solitude.... the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.

Gary Snyder

The size of the place that one becomes a member of is limited only by the size of one’s heart.

Gary Snyder

I thought, that day I started, I sure would hate to do this all my life, And dammit, that’s just what I’ve gone and done.

Gary Snyder

Will be but corpses dressed in frocks, who cannot speak to birds or rocks.

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All those years and their moments— Crackling bacon, slamming car doors, Poems tried out on friends, Will be one more archive, One more shaky text.

Gary Snyder

Clouds sink down the hills Coffee is hot again. The dog Turns and turns about, stops and sleeps.

Gary Snyder

On Climbing the Sierra Mountains again after 31 years Range after range of mountains Year after year after year. I am still in love.

Gary Snyder

The other side of the "sacred" is the sight of your beloved in the underworld, dripping with maggots.

Gary Snyder

Great Brown Bear is walking with us, Salmon swimming upstream with us, as we stroll a city street.

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In the 40,000 year time scale we're all the same people. We're all equally primitive, give or take two or three thousand years here or a hundred years there.

Gary Snyder

Switchback" turn, turn, and again, hard scrabble steep travel ahead.

Gary Snyder

I could almost love you again.

Gary Snyder

How Poetry Comes to Me It comes blundering over the Boulders at night, it stays Frightened outside the Range of my campfire I go to meet it at the Edge of the light

Gary Snyder

What use, Milton, a silly story Of our lost general parents, eaters of fruit?

Gary Snyder

Around Jack (Kerouac) there circulated a palpable aura of fame and death.

Gary Snyder

Deer love mushrooms.

Gary Snyder