Nemophilist – a haunter of the woods, one who loves the forest for its beauty and solitude.
This rare English word has fallen out of use since the beginning of the 20th century. Although, in Ancient Latin, the word Nemo means nobody. So this makes a Nemophilist a lover of nobody, or a solitude seeker.
Quæris Neminis parem? Nemo est nisi ipse (Do you seek Nemo’s equal? None is, except himself).–Seneca
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. ~ Lord Byron
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson
Our bodies and minds evolved and were adapted for hundreds of thousands of years for tasks like climbing a tree and picking apples, or hunting rabbits, or looking for mushrooms in the forest. They were not adapted to the very gruelling work that is involved in field work – ploughing, harvesting, bringing water, digging weeds – things like that. Yuval Noah Harari
The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. Lao Tzu
If you’re in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect. Brian Eno
3 thoughts on “Ancient word of the day: Nemophilist”
Another cool word that seems to describe me fairly well. Nice find
Me too! I think many people are like this and they are quite possibly, the best people 🙂