"These values are very basic to me, and to my friends. They’re, in the Buddhist sense, rooted in the belly; and this is where the breath starts, so where the poem starts. I think these concerns are basic to everyone, but most don’t think about them, aren’t aware of them. They buy vegetables in the supermarket, but don’t think about the soil these grow in; they keep pets, but don’t look into the animal’s eyes and see an intelligence there, a sensibility; they are driven into solitude, into their own personality, by the stresses of our culture, but don’t look for new strength there. At that point “initiation and rebirth” is possible outside a religious structure. Everybody wants to know the ecstasy of the dance."
- Gary Snyder in a 1964 interview (via hand-me-downs-et-cetera)