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The sea is mother-death, and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.

—Anne Sexton, 1971

Attend to earth,
for it is to earth that kings are truly wedded.

—Kalidasa, c. 450

Man’s great mission is not to conquer nature by main force but to cooperate with her intelligently but lovingly for his own purposes.

—Lewis Mumford, 1962

It raineth every day, and the weather represents our tearful despair on a large scale.

—Mary Boykin Chesnut, 1865

The planet keeps to the astronomer’s timetable, but the wind still bloweth almost where it listeth.

—John Henry Poynting, 1899

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.

—W. Somerset Maugham, 1896

There is a time to battle against nature, and a time to obey her. True wisdom lies in making the right choice.

—Arthur C. Clarke, 1979

Conjecturing a Climate
Of unsuspended Suns –
Adds poignancy to Winter

—Emily Dickinson, 1863

The oldest voice in the world is the wind.

—Donald Culross Peattie, 1950

In tampering with the earth, we tamper with a mystery.

—Jonathan Schell, 2000

Don’t you find it a beautiful clean thought, a world empty of people, just uninterrupted grass, and a hare sitting up?

—D.H. Lawrence, 1920

It’s only the futility of the first flood that prevents God from sending a second.

—Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, c. 1794

Nature never jests.

—Albrecht von Haller, 1751