"We need to return to learning about the land by being on the land, or better, by being in the thick of it. That is the best way we can stay in touch with the fates of its creatures, its indigenous cultures, its earthbound wisdom. That is the best way we can be in touch with ourselves." - Gary Paul Nabhan (The Geography of Childhood)
"I heard a young city boy ask an elderly Papago woman if, lacking a harvesting pole, one could ever collect fruit off the tall cacti by throwing rocks at the tops to knock the fruit down.
"'No!' Marquita replied with a strain of horror in her voice. 'The saguaros -- they are Indians too. You don't ever throw anything at them. If you hit them on the head with rocks you could kill them. You don't ever stick anything sharp into their skin either, or they will just dry up and die. You don't do anything to hurt them. They are Indians." - Gary Paul Nabhan (The Desert Smells Like Rain)
"We know so very little about this strange planet we live on, this haunted world where all answers lead only to more mystery.” - Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire)
"Experience is the talisman I hold for courage. It is the desert that persuades me toward love, to step outside and defy custom one more time." - Terry Tempest Williams (Desert Quartet)