"It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn't own water skis or a snorkel."
"I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite."
"There are truths on this side of the Pyranees, which are falsehoods on the other."
"Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation's tears in shoulder blades."
"How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?"
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
"And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know?"
"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia."
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
"We ran up the hills where, as you looked down toward the sea, the flooded rice fields lay shining in the sunlight like a broken mirror."
"Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder."
"It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book."
"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains."
"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."
"Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations."
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains..."
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
"There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down."
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