15 Awesome Sentences or Phrases About the Outdoors

1. “Of all the featherless beasts only man, chained by his self-imposed slavery to the clock, denies the elemental fire and proceeds as best he can about his business, suffering quietly, martyr to his madness.”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

2. “The clouds multiply and merge, cumuli-nimbi piling up like whipped cream, like mashed potatoes.”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

3. “…as the rays of the sun, direct and reflected, seared his flesh, baked his brains within its skull, poisoned the marrow of his bones.”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

4. “I am shut off from the natural world and sealed up, encapsulated, in a box of artificial light and tyrannical noise.”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

5. “At dusk the Joshua trees stood out in silhouette on the fossil wasteland like some arthritic nightmare.”

-On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinger

6. “It’s a lifelong failing: she has never been prepared. But how can you have a sense of wonder if you’re prepared for everything? Prepared for the sunset. Prepared for the moonrise. Prepared for the ice storm. What a flat existence that would be.”

-Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, Margaret Atwood

7. “The little daisy was as happy as if the day had been a great holiday, but it was only Monday.”

-Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

8. “… the cat too: it basked in the sun and licked the sunshine from its own paws.”

-Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

9. “The ice composing the second glacier bore a map of its ancient history in dirty veins crisscrossing its surface, and diving into its depths.”

-Drive Nacho Drive: A Journey from the American Dream to the End of the World, Brad & Sheena Van Orden

10. “…mule-eared sunflowers”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

11. “…a leafy assembly vibrate like bangles”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

12. “…winding upon itself like the intestines of a giant”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

13. “…canyon as indirect as a sidewinder”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

14. “…under a wine-dark sky”

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

15. “…syphilization” (civilization)

-Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

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