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Transcendentalism

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We are surrounded by a rich and fertile mystery. - Henry David Thoreau

 

Life is good only when it is magical and musical, a perfect timing and consent, and when we do not anatomize it. You must treat the days respectfully, you must be a day yourself, and not interrogate it like a college professor...You must hear the bird's song without attempting to render it into nouns and verbs.

 

Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

 

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.

 

How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and philosopher

 

Nature shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep.

 

In the woods, we return to reason and faith.

 

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

 

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The most alive is the wildest.

 

The order of things should be somewhat reversed; the seventh day should be man's day of toil and the other six his sabbath of the affections and the soul--in which to range this widespread garden and drink in the soft influences and sublime revelations of nature.

 

If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs--that is your success. All nature is your congratulation.

 

My thanksgiving is perpetual...oh how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it--for my wealth is not in possessions but enjoyment.

 

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring.

 

Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

 

Henry David Thoreau

 

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

 

It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon,

however familiar, from a point a hair's breadth aside from

our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by

its beauty and significance ... To perceive freshly, with

fresh senses is to be inspired.

 

Henry David Thoreau

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