Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit,ā€”not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic.
Henry David Thoreau (1817ā€“1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 340-341, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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