Saturday, 13 October 2012

“If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter....

“If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it.  People would walk around it, marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between the pools.  People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around on the surface of the ball, and at the creatures in the water.  The people would declare it precious because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt.  The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could be. People would love it, and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives, their own roundness, could be nothing without it. If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter.
Joe Miller

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Albert Einstein
“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”
Henry David Thoreau
“The union of heaven and earth is the origin of the whole of nature.”

—I Ching
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

“You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”
Saint Bernard of Clarivaux
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Louise Carson
The richness I achieve comes from nature—the source of my inspiration.”
Claude Monet
“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them.”

—John Ruskin
“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.”
Walt Whitman
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
William Wordsworth
“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”
Aldous Huxley
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” 

Theodore Roethke