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

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

—Katherine Lee Bates
1859 - 1929

Beauty belongs to all the people.

—Lyndon Baines Johnson
President of the United States
Signing Ceremony of the
October 22, 1965

It [The Great Society] is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce, but the desire for beauty and hunger for community.

It is a place where man can renew this contact with nature.

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Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.

—Lyndon Baines Johnson
President of the United States

The beauty of our land is a natural resource. Its preservation is linked to the inner prosperity of the human spirit...Our land will be attractive tomorrow only if we organize for action and rebuild and reclaim the beauty we inherited.

—Lyndon Baines Johnson
President of the United States
February 8, 1965

We can introduce into all our planning, our programs, our building and our growth, a conscious and active concern for the values of beauty. If we do this, we can be successful in preserving a Beautiful America.

—Lyndon Baines Johnson
President of the United States

We know, too, that men who want to further both the beauty and bounty of America must constantly search for the right balance between development and preservation of resources.

—Stewart L. Udall
Secretary of the Interior

Beauty, spiced with wonder, is the greatest lure to travel.

591 - 479 B.C.

Plant spacious parks in your cities and unloose their gates as wide as the gates of the morning to the whole people as there are no dark places at noonday, so education and culture—the true sunshine of the soul—will banish the plague spots of democracy.

Andrew Jackson Downing
1815 - 1852

...if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 - 1882

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening—still all is Beauty.

—John Muir
1838 - 1914

Natural beauty and wonder are priceless heirlooms which God has bestowed upon our nation. How shall we escape the contempt of the coming generations if we suffer this irreplaceable heritage to be wasted?

—Henry van Dyke
1852 - 1933

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.

—Ogden Nash

Ugliness is not an inevitable cost of modernity.

—William O. Douglas
Associate Justice of the United
States Supreme Court

A beautiful America will require the effort of government at every level, of business, and of private groups.

—Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson
First Lady of the Land

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