The writing in this book gives us a vocabulary and a way of seeing. But ultimately, with these words resonating in our consciousness, we must turn to the book of nature itself. It matters how we think about and touch this place during our brief and precious time in the world…it can come to reside in us as surely as we reside in it.

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.

“There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.”

A songwriter writes songs all the time, whereas just writing a song can be done by anyone, anytime.

I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing god, who is sending a love letter to the world.

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.