"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
Japanese Maple Tree - Portland Japanese Garden, OR
“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. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!”
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,” she said, cupping her hand and holding it closer to her face, “it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
~ GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, One Hundred Flowers, (Knopf/Callaway)
"How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?
A kiss, and all was said."
~ Victor Hugo quotes (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)
"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive."
~ Eleonora Duse