"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The earth laughs in flowers.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”
Tennessee Williams, Camino Real
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”