Emerson on Nature

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These enchantments are medicinal, they sober and heal us.  These are plain pleasures, kindly and native to us.  We come to our own, and make friends with matter, which the ambitious chatter of the schools would persuade us to despise.  We never can part with it; the mind loves its old home: as water to our thirst, so is the rock, the ground, to our eyes, and hands, and feet.  It is firm water: it is cold flame: what health!  What affinity!

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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