Inspirations of Beauty and America

April is Keep America Beautiful month.  It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate both Earth Day, National Gardening Month and help keep America beautiful all at once!  Today, enjoy these quotes about some of America’s natural resources!

“When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.”  Adlai Stevenson

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”  Ancient Indian Proverb

“Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.” Stephen T. Mather

“O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties Above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.” Katharine Lee Bates

“It is all very beautiful and magical here – a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breath it, let the sun bake it into you.” Ansel Adams on Yosemite

“My generation will be very environmentally conscious, because the way it is going now, we will desperately need to save our forests.” Jacob Hoffman (Age 12, 1998)

“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.” Edward Abbey

Do you have a favorite destination in the USA?  What makes it so special?  Share your thoughts below.

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