But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.
For, nature is not always tricked in holiday attire, but the same scene which yesterday breathed perfume and glittered as for the frolic of the nymphs, is overspread with melancholy today. To a man laboring under calamity, the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it.
Then, there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend.
His wide array of knowledge and great natural powers of mind gave him the ability to speak and write about every topic of inquire with the assertive authority of a genuine investigator.
He initially got the idea for "man and Nature" from his observations in his New England home and his foreign travels devoted to similar inquiries.The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be brothers, to be acquaintances, — master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages.In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature. The waving of the boughs in the storm, is new to me and old. Its effect is like that of a higher thought or a better emotion coming over me, when I deemed I was thinking justly or doing right.It is one of the first works to document the effects of human action on the environment and it helped to launch the modern conservation movement.Marsh is remembered by scholars as a profound and observant student of men, books and nature with a wide range of interests ranging from history to poetry and literature.The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Read full article To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!In good health, the air is a cordial of incredible virtue.Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.As a result, he warned that man could destroy himself and the Earth if we don't restore and sustain global resources and raise awareness about our actions.