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All zoos are both beguiling and repellent. ~ Thomas French




The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~ William Morris, writer and poet


“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”  ~ Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine


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The water-lily starts and slides
Upon the level in little puffs of wind,
Tho’ anchor’d to the bottom.
Tennyson—The Princess. IV. L. 236


No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. ~ Christopher Morley


All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. ~ Indian Proverb




I must have flowers, always, and always. ~ Claude Monet


The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can’t eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as ‘progress’, doesn’t spread. ~ Andy Rooney


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies


What if a cactus felt really bad?
Hurt and depressed and truly quite sad?
Feeling unwelcome or feeling unliked,
Not feeling like dealing with being all spiked…”

~ Could You Hug a Cactus, by Phillip Van Wagoner, 2016