There is something special about being in nature and in the outdoors. Maybe it’s the invigorating feeling you get after a long walk through the woods, the sense of peace and tranquillity and fresh state of mind once you step outdoors and smell the fresh air, dewy grass and earthy tones of the surrounding trees and plants. Watermans Country Supplies has compiled a few inspirational quotes about this unique feeling to get you inspired to take your own trip into nature and remind us of what’s important – appreciating the outdoor environment is all its natural beauty and remarkable intrinsic value for our own way of life.
“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life”.
Vandana Shiva, Indian author, scholar and environmental activist
This first quote, taken from Vandana Shiva’s book ‘Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace’ reinforces the idea that nature prioritises life. Shiva is famous for her involvement with activism surrounding ‘seed freedom’ and rejecting corporate patents on seeds. For Shiva, there should not be a connection between money and nature, for the natural world and all that it encompasses should be for everyone and life should be the priority, not money.
“The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
Sir David Attenborough, TV presenter and natural historian
World-renowned David Attenborough is famous for his aptitude with animals, fierce protection of the natural world and phenomenal and award-winning TV programmes about our planet. This quote emphasises the beauty and awe of the natural world and suggests that because of this beauty, our lives are so much richer.
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”
Charles Dickens, Victorian writer
This quote by Charlies Dickens implies the uniqueness of nature; it will be different every time due to the ever-growing trees and plants, movement of animals and species and cycles of growth and change. When you step outside, each experience will be different.
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”
Claude Monet, French painter
Claude Monet, famous for his impressions of scenery such as ‘The Water Lily Pond’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Poppies’ here simply describes how nature is his inspiration for his paintings. Nature has thus influenced some of the most famous artworks in the world and this quote indeed demonstrates its utter power and inspirational potential.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'”
Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (‘The Bell Jar’)
It is often said that people feel better after they have been outside. This is because of the notable health benefits of being in the sun, breathing in fresh air and spending time with people outside, as Plath describes in her novel ‘The Bell Jar’. Natural scents such as roses offer similar stimulations as aromatherapy, sunlight provides you with vital vitamin D and breathing in natural chemicals produced by plants can increases levels of white blood cells which fight off infections and diseases.
Nature is everywhere; in your back garden, the local parks and nearby forests and fields. We hope these quotes have inspired you to step outdoors and, quite literally, smell the roses!