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Henry David Thoreau

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. —  Henry David Thoreau, Walden. (Princeton University Press; 150th Anniversary edition with a New introduction by John Updike edition April 18, 2004)  Originally published 1854.

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Henry David Thoreau

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden. (Princeton University Press; 150th Anniversary edition with a New introduction by John Updike edition April 18, 2004)  Originally published 1854.

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Mary Oliver

To live in this world you must be able to do three things to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. — Mary Oliver, from “In Blackwater Woods,” American Primitive. (Back Bay… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

The Oak Tree Loves Patience The oak tree        loves patience, the mountain is        still looking, as it has for centuries,        for a word to say about the gradual way it        slides itself back to the        world below to begin again,        in another life, to be fertile.        When the… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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