But God knows I have tried.” ― “We are here to witness.
Although I am not, generally, a reader of nature studies, Dillard's essays seem just perfect to me.
Billions of stars sift amont each other untouched, too distant even to be moved, heedless as always, hushed.
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
It is hard to desecrate a grove and change your mind. We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it; we are lighting matches in vain under every green tree.” ― “In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us.
But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world's rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for each other, and for our life together here. It is not learned.” ― “Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth.