"Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth."
"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees."
"I don't mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it's got my name on it."
"In your standard-issue family - of which few remain, but on which our expectations are still based - there are parents and there are children. The way you know which are which, aside from certain size and age differences and despite any behavior similarities, is that the parents are the bossy ones."
"The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself."
"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!"
"How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!"
"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."
"The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing."
"I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, And what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, Nor visited in Heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot, As if a chart were given."
"Fragments came floating into his mind like bits of wood drifting down a stream, and he fished them out and fitted them together."
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
"The art of never making a mistake is crucial to motherhood. To be effective and to gain the respect she needs to function, a other must have her children believe she has never engaged in sex, never made a bad decision, never caused her own mother a moment's anxiety, and was never a child."
"You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates."
"We cannot command Nature except by obeying her."
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."
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