Book Reviews of Wisdom of Nature, The.

1. "This book is a unique collection of quotations about nature's wisdom and humanity's position in the web of life; and is divided into five sections--(1) The Journey, (2) Nature's Way, (3) Nature's Creations, (4) Civilization and Nature, (5) The Delicate Balance. An author index makes for easy reference. Some excerpts from the book are--

The Journey

The day, water, sun, moon, night--I do not have to purchase these things with money. --Titus Plautus

The woods are made for the hunters of dreams.
The brooks for the fishers of song.
To the hunters who hunt for gunless game
The stream and the woods belong.

--Sam Foss

Nature's Way

Nature, with an equal mind,
Sees all her sons at play:
Sees man control the wind,
The wind sweep man away.

--Mathew Arnold

Nature's Creations

A weed is an unloved flower.
--Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We wandered where the dreamy palm
Murmured above the sleeping wave,
And through the waters clear and calm
Looked down into the coral cave.

--Edmund William Gosse

Civilization and Nature

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch the renewal of life--this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
--Charles Dudley Warner

The Delicate Balance

Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the clouds and the great sea--did not the Great Spirit make them for the use of all his children?

"The author, Dayton Foster, has spent his whole life in close contact with the wilderness. As a child, he canoed, hiked, and camped with his father in the Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canadian wilds. During the 1950s, he served in the U.S. Navy as part of a search and rescue squadron that took him to remote outposts in Canada, Iceland, and Greenland. This paperback has 144 pages. There are 43 beautiful color photographs of some of nature's most enchanting scenes." (Marion Greenlay, The Township Sun, Sept. 1995)

2. "A unique and inspirational book of quotations and maxims about nature and man's place in the great web of life. Dayton Foster has spent a lifetime collecting quotes from sages, naturalists, and nature lovers from different eras and parts of the world. The following are a sampling of what you will find within The Wisdom of Nature:

Take care of the land, and it will take care of you. Take what you need from the land, but need what you take.
--Aboriginal Law

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
--Jean Jacques Rousseau

I do not own an inch of land, but all I see is mine.
--Lucy Larcom

When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
--The Buddha

(Laura Martin-Buhler, The Gentle Survivalist, Sept. 1995)