We have no place to begin but where we are.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: The Purpose of a Coherent Community p.79

If we something is wrong we have no choice but to oppose it – for the sake, if nothing else, of our own souls.

– Wendell Berry in The Way of Ignorance: The Purpose of a Coherent Community p.75

Community, however, aspires toward stability. It strives to balance change with constancy. That is why community life places such high value on neighborly love, marital fidelity, local loyalty, the integrity and continuity of family life, respect for the old, and instruction of the young. And a vital community draws its life, so far as is possible, from local sources. It prefers to solve its problems, for example, by nonmonetary exchanges of help, not buying things. A community cannot survive under the rule of competition.

– Wendell Berry in The Art of the Commonplace: Economy and Pleasure p. 212

The good worker will not suppose that good work can be made properly answerable in haste, urgency, or even emergency. But the good worker knows too that after it is done work requires yet more time to prove its worth. One must stay to experience and study and understand the consequences – must understand them by living with them, and then correct them, if necessary, by longer living and more work.

– Wendell Berry in The Art of the Commonplace | People, Land, and Community p.187

[T]he assumption is that we can first set demons at large, and then, somehow, become smart enough to control them. This is not childishness. It is not even “human weakness.” It is a kind of idiocy, but perhaps we will not cope with it and save ourselves until we regain the sense to call it evil.

– Wendell Berry in The Art of the Commonplace | People, Land, and Community p.183