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
History doesn’t move you more than when it’s in the iron of your own blood. ~ J.R. Tompkins
There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair. ~ Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
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!
Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone — Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own. ~ Adam L. Gordon