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
The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems. ~ Richard Rohr
The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. – Amitendranath Tagore
A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
― Friedrich Max Müller
Gentle sleep! Scatter thy drowsiest poppies from above; And in new dreams not soon to vanish, bless My senses with the sight of her I love. ~ Horace (Horatio) Smith
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. ~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
A neighbor recently invited me down to shoot some pictures of the blossoms on a barrel cactus he’s had since it was a seedling. These were the first blossoms on this particular cactus. It’s 35 years old. Desert gardens take patience!
I never really thought about how when I look at the moon it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at. ~ Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~ Mark Twain