The spruce and cedar on its shores, hung with gray lichens, looked at a distance like the ghosts of trees. Ducks were sailing here and there on its surface, and a solitary loon, like a more living wave, — a vital spot on the lake's surface, — laughed and frolicked, and showed its straight leg, for our amusement.
Henry David Thoreau
Nature is a personality so vast and universal that we have never seen one of her features.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...
What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?
I do not wish to flatter my townsmen, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us.
They make their pride," he said, "in making their dinner cost much; I make my pride in making my dinner cost little." When asked at table what dish he preferred, he answered, "The nearest.