"Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms."
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings."
"The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden."
"The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."
"There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords."
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
"The poetry of the earth is never dead."
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
"Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed... if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons."
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
"In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me."
"Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral."
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do."
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."
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