Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nature

"To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood."
from 'Nature' by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I approve!

2 comments:

Rod White said...

Most adults in N. Ireland see the sun about one week a year!

heavy hedonist said...

In Buffalo, NY, the sun is more frequent than that, even in winter. It's easy, here, to become an adversary of nature, when winter's weather controls your plan and your life.

Just now, I'm beginning to reread Walden-- neat coincedence you should quote Emerson now.