Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Letters from Alabama...

Some inspiration in the morning from "Letters From Alabama on Natural History" published in 1859 by Phillip Henry Gosse.

"There is no solitude like that which is felt by him who for the first time walks the streets of a busy city in which he is a total stranger. Crowds of human beings pass by, each possessed of the thoughts, feelings, and affections of a man; yet not one stretches out a hand of friendship, not one bestows a nod of acquaintance, not one gives so much a glance of recognition.

In the gloom of the forest, in the silence of the wilderness, far from human abodes, my heart leaps for joy; there I am not lonely, though alone; there are hundreds of objects meet my gaze, with which I have long been accustomed to hold sweet communion."

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