“Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.” — Henry Beston
"Visiting nature after dark adds a dimension to the experience. The setting sun brings a quiet to places that we have already thought silent.” — Maryalice Eizenberg
"Today, 90 years after the book was first published, Beston is widely acknowledged as the spiritual father of the park. When the outer beaches of Cape Cod were under consideration for National Park status in the 1950s, the Department of the Interior sent representatives to evaluate the area. Quotations from The Outermost House were cited in their reports.” — Don Wilding
"The Cape Cod National Seashore has drawn millions of visitors since it was first established by a decree from President John F. Kennedy in 1961. One of the great influences on the park’s establishment was the Cape Cod nature classic, The Outermost House, by Henry Beston.
“Whatever attitude to human existence you fashion for yourself, know that it is valid only if it be the shadow of an attitude to Nature.” — Henry Beston
“In summer this beach is rarely covered by the tides. Here lies a hot and pleasant odor of sand. I find myself an angle of shade slanting off from a mass of wreckage still embedded in a dune, take up a handful of the dry, bright sand, sift it slowly through my fingers, and note how the heat brings out the fine, sharp, stony smell of it.” — Henry Beston
“There is a winter change of color, as well. The warm golden quality vanishes and is replaced by a tone of cold silver-grey.”
— Henry Beston