The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Quotes.

1. "This is what we can promise the future: a legacy of care. That we will be good stewards and not take too much or give back too little, that we will recognize wild nature for what it is, in all its magnificent and complex history - an unfathomable wealth that should be consciously saved, not ruthlessly spent. Privilege is what we inherit by our status as Homo sapiens living on this planet. This is the privilege of imagination. What we choose to do with our privilege as a species is up to each of us. Humility is born in wildness. We are not protecting grizzlies from extinction; they are protecting us from the extinction of experience as we engage with a world beyond ourselves. The very presence of a grizzly returns us to an ecology of awe. We tremble at what appears to be a dream yet stands before us on two legs and roars."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

2. "My spiritual life is found inside the heart of the wild."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

3. "Wilderness is the source of what we can imagine and what we cannot - the taproot of consciousness. It will survive us."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

4. "Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder. This is our inheritance - the beauty before us. We cry. We cry out. There is nothing sentimental about facing the desert bare. It is a terrifying beauty."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

5. "Our public lands - whether a national park or monument, wildlife refuge, forest or prairie - make each one of us land-rich. It is our inheritance as citizens of a country called America."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

6. "I was not born here by my consciousness towards a land ethic was"
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

7. "This is what we can promise the future: a legacy of care. That we will be good stewards and not take too much or give back too little, that we will recognize wild nature for what it is, in all its magnificent and complex history - an unfathomable wealth that should be consciously saved, not ruthlessly spent. Privilege is what we inherit by our status as Homo sapiens living on this planet."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

8. "These bears were reimagined in place through a collective belief and need. I do not know why they were sculpted into being, but their power is palpable. I may be blind to what has been buried here or held inside these effigy mounds for thousands of years, but I can read the landscape like Braille through the tips of my fingers translating the script of grasses into a narrative I can understand. The bears and birds and snakes written on the body of the Earth through the hands of humans who dwelled here in the Upper Mississippi River Valley are a reminder that we form the future by being caretakers of our past."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

9. "This is what we can promise the future: a legacy of care. That we will be good stewards and not take too much or give back too little, that we will recognize wild nature for what it is, in all its magnificent and complex history - an unfathomable wealth that should be consciously saved, not ruthlessly spent."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

10. "I am of this place. Family is a place, and my family s located here, those who are living and those who have passed. I am am settled in the scent of sage, Mount Moran's reflection at Oxbow Bend is more than a mirror of memories; it is the joy found in river otters, a reminder that there are places in the world we can return for peace unchanged."
- Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

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