Nature quote of the day: Emerson

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.  His intercourse with heaven and earth become part of his daily food.  In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through man, in spite of real sorrows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay on Nature (1836)

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6 responses to “Nature quote of the day: Emerson

  1. Hello Jack.
    Yes, in spite of all troubles and sorrows I know I can always find comfort in nature. It is so true what he says. And he explains it in such a beautiful way .
    These words are for keeps.
    Jack, I don’t know if all Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, but however I’ll wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you for all your great posts.
    Grethe ´)

    • Grethe: From your photographs and writing, I know that you find comfort in nature. Emerson nailed it. This quote came from my old college textbook of ca. 1963, on American poetry and prose. I had underlined those words back then and now in later life they have the same impact, but a 1,000 fathoms deeper.

      Grethe has several excellent blogs. See Thyra.

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  3. “..the eye and the heart of a child…” seeing with eyes of wonder. Great quote. He has so much good to offer us, doesn’t he?

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