The first responsibility of a candidate is not to win an election but to respond intelligently to the issues, even at the cost of losing.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: Letter to Daniel Kemmis p.141

Brought up as a teamster but now driving a tractor, a boy almost suddenly, almost perforce, sees the farm in a different way: as ground to be got over by a means entirely different, at an entirely different cost. The team (of mules), like the boy, would grow weary, but that weariness has all at once been subtracted, and the boy is now divided from the ground by the absence of a living connection that enforced sympathy as a practical good. The tractor can work at maximum speed hour after hour without tiring. There is no longer a reason to remember the shady spots where it was good to stop and rest. Tirelessness and speed enforce a second, more perilous change in the way the boy sees the farm: Seeing it as ground to be got over as fast as possible and, ideally, without stopping, he has taken on the psychology of a traveler by interstate highway or by air. The focus of his attention has shifted from the place to the technology.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: Renewing Husbandry p.95

The person who will undertake to help without doing harm is going to be a person of some complexity, not easily pleased, probably not a hero, probably not a billionaire.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: The Way of Ignorance p.65

To imagine that destructive power might be made harmless by gathering enough power to destroy it is of course perfectly futile.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: The Way of Ignorance p.63