“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.
It expands through successive stages of the beautiful
to values as yet uncaptured by language.”
“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree – and there will be one.”
“The boundary between tame and wild
exists only in the imperfections of the human mind.”