The ancient Greeks called the Earth 'beauty'. Such
is the substance of all things, or such the plastic power of the human eye,
that the primary forms, as the sky, the mountain, the tree, the animal, give us a
delight in and for themselves; a
pleasure arising from outline, color, motion, and grouping.
appears partly owing to the eye itself.
The eye is the best of artists.
But this beauty of nature which is
seen and felt as
beauty, is the least part.
of day, the dewy morning, the
orchards in blossom,
shadows in still water, and the like, if too
become shows merely, and mock us with their unreality.
Go out of the house to see the
moon, and it
is mere tinsel;
it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary
The beauty that
shimmers in the yellow afternoons of October,
who ever could clutch it?
Go forth to find it, and it is gone; it is
only a mirage as you look from the windows
Every natural fact is a
symbol of some spiritual
Every appearance in nature
corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only
be described by presenting that natural appearance as its image.
enraged man is a lion, a cunning man is a fox, a firm man is a rock, a learned
man is a torch.
A lamb is innocence; a snake is subtle spite; flowers
express to us the delicate affections.
darkness are our familiar
expression for knowledge and
ignorance; and heat for
In view of the
significance of nature, we arrive at once at a new
fact, that nature is a branch of knowledge.
This use of the Earth includes the preceding uses, as parts of itself.
Space, time, society, labor, climate, food,
locomotion, the animals, the
give us sincerest lessons, day by day, whose meaning is
both the understanding and the reason.
Every property of matter is a
school for the understanding,
its solidity or resistance, its inertia, its
extension, its figure, its divisibility.
The understanding adds, divides,
combines, measures, and finds nutriment and room for its activity in this
worthy scene. Meantime, reason transfers all these lessons into its own world
by perceiving the
analogy that marries matter and
Sensible objects conform to
the premonitions of reason and reflect the
things are moral; and in their boundless changes have an unceasing reference to
Therefore is nature glorious with
form, color, and
motion; that every globe in the
remotest heaven, every chemicalchange from the simplest crystal up to the
laws of life, every change of vegetation from the first
principle of growth in the eye of a
leaf, to the tropical forest and
antediluvian coal mine, every animal function from the sponge up to
Hercules thunder to man the laws of right
and wrong, and echo the Ten Commandments.
Therefore is nature ever the ally of religion: lends all her pomp and
riches to the
priest, David, Isaiah, Jesus,
have drawn deeply from nature.
This ethical character so penetrates the
bone and marrow of nature, as to appear the end for which it was made.
The aspect of Nature is devout.
Like the figure of Jesus, she stands with bended head, and
hands folded upon the
man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship."
"To laugh often
to win the
affection of children
the respect of intelligent people;
to earn the
endure the betrayal of false
to appreciate beauty, to find
the best in others;
to leave the earth
a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
garden patch or a redeemed social
to know that even one life has breathed easier because you
This is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Ralph Waldo Emerson saw religious thought as the
development of our innate senses of the good, the true and the beautiful, and
said that these senses were like
a divine presence within
us, or that we were all a
part of God. The way Ralph Waldo Emerson saw it,
salvation would mean getting in
touch with these deep sensitivities we have, and living out of them
living lives of truth, justice and compassion." - Davidson Loehr
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