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Quotes of the Day for 1 May 2003 – Nature

May is named after Maia Maiesta, goddess of fertility and spring. It was the custom in medieval times for all the able bodied to head for the woods to cut down a green tree for the village May Pole. All rules were vacated during the search for the tree, and many children were certainly born the following February with no great resemblance to their fathers. The Puritans disapproved, of course, and in 1644 the entire holiday was banned in England. For better or worse, the only real pagan holiday to survive hasn't been the same since. I'll eschew the amorous aspect and focus on the setting: Nature.

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The quotes:

We listen too much to the telephone and too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing.
     - Andre Kostelanetz

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
there is rapture in the lonely shore,
there is society where none intrudes,
by the deep sea,
and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less,
but Nature more.
     - George Gordon Noel Byron, 1788 - 1824

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
     - Elwyn Brooks White, 1899 - 1985

For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.
     - Fran Lebowitz

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