50 of the Most Beautiful Quotes About Nature

As you open your windows to welcome the fresh air and swap those boots for open-toed sandals, take a moment to relish the magic that spring brings.

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My idea of happiness

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"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor—such is my idea of happiness." —Leo Tolstoy (These are the 26 secrets of happiness.)

Sun shining on rain

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"'Is the spring coming?' he said. 'What is it like?' ...'It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.'" —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (These are America's most beautiful places to visit in the spring.)

The sheer surging of life

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"He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars." —Jack London

Kisses them gently

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"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" —Lewis Carroll

A glow of crimson

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"These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs." —Anton Chekhov

The beat of the universe

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"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." —Joseph Campbell

The perfect nourishment

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"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." —Jane Austen

Mirror the stars

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"The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me, older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean." —Robinson Jeffers

Her early leaf's a flower

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"Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." —Robert Frost

Breathe the air

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"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." —Henry David Thoreau

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