“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
John Muir, Naturalist
“Ik geloof het niet”, zei heer Ollie zorgelijk. “Het is jullie eigen schuld bedoel ik. Ik geloof dat jullie er alleen uit kunnen komen als je het bos met rust wilt laten. Dat geloof ik.”
Marten Toonder (1971) De Kwinkslagen.
Je tâchais de découvrir, dans les bruits des forêts et des flots, des mots que les autres hommes n’entendaient point, et j’ouvrais l’oreille pour écouter la révélation de leur harmonie.Gustave Flaubert (1842)
(english: “I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony”).
Flaubert, G. (1842). Novembre. Online on 21 July 2020: https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Novembre_(Flaubert)
Flaubert, G., (2000, ed. Arvensa Editions and Fb Editions). Novembre. Paris: Librairie Générale Française. 123 p.
Gustave Flaubert (December 12, 1821 – May 8, 1880) is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He was born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, in the Haute-Normandie Region of France.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.”William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
“As they listened, they began to understand the lives of the Forest, apart from themselves, indeed to feel themselves as the strangers where all other things were at home. […] Tom’s words laid bare the hearts of trees and their thoughts, which were dark and strange, and filled with a hatred of things that go free upon the earth, gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning: destroyers and usurpers. It was not called the Old Forest without reason, for it was indeed ancient, a survivor of vast forgotten woods; and in there lived yet, ageing no quicker than the hills, the fathers of the fathers of trees, remembering times when they were lords. The countless years had filled them with pride and rooted wisdom, and with malice.”Tolkien (1954).
Tolkien, J. (2014). The Fellowship of the Ring [The Lord of the Rings, part 1, ed. 60]. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
“From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That’s what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.”Jane Goodall (2017)
Palmer Cooper, J.A. & Cooper, D.E. (2017). Key Thinkers on the Environment. Abingdon-on-Thames, Routledge.
I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.Günther Grass*
*Jaggi, M. (2010). A life in writing: Günter Grass. [online] The Guardian, viewed on 8 July 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2010/nov/01/gunter-grass-interview-maya-jaggi
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”John Muir, naturalist.