Thursday, May 27, 2010

Silently meandering . . .

Today is the birthday of Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964), marine biologist and nature writer. She is best known for her book Silent Spring which is often credited with helping launch the environmental movement.

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." - Rachel Carson

"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?" - Rachel Carson

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

"In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference." - Rachel Carson

"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood." - Rachel Carson

"It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." - Rachel Carson

"The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves." - Rachel Carson

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