"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
––from Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
by Jalal al-Din Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks
Copyright 2003 by Coleman Barks. All rights reserved.
"It has come to this,––that the lover of art is one, and the lover of nature another, though true art is but the expression of our love of nature. It is monstrous when one cares but little about trees and much about Corinthian columns, and yet this is exceedingly common."
--Henry David Thoreau, Journals, October 9, 1857