DeviantART is truly awesome as are the many talented and varied artists that exist in this never ending world of artistic expression.
The winds which passed over my dwelling were such as sweep over the ridges of mountains, bearing the broken strains, or celestial parts only, of terrestrial music. The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it.
Henry David Thoreau.
Quote from the 2005 movie "The Cave of the Yellow Dog"
Oldest Daughter: Will I be reborn as a person in my next life?
Old Woman: Come here, I'll show you something. (Dropping a palm-full of rice grains onto an upward needle)
Old Woman: (handing the needle to the girl) Tell me when a grain of rice balances on the tip of the needle.
Oldest Daughter: (dropping rice onto the needle for awhile)
Old Woman: (chuckles)
Oldest Daughter: That's impossible!
Old Woman: See, my child? That's how hard it is to be born again as a person. That's why a human life is so valuable.
It was not so much within-doors as behind a door where I sat … for I suddenly found myself neighbour to the birds; not by having imprisoned one, but having caged myself near them.
Henry David Thoreau.
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
Robert Lynd (1879 - 1949)
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
From The South Pole, by Roald Amundsen.
I may say that this is the greatest factor — the way in which the expedition is equipped — the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it.
Victory awaits him who has everything in order; luck, people call it.
Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.
In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action - what is often called ruthless - what may in many circumstances be only clarity, seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it, directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.
Captain Willard quoting Colonel Kurtz.