These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.
There are no small number of people in this world who, solitary by nature, always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.
By nature servile, people attempt at first glance to find signs of good breeding in the appearance of those who occupy more exalted stations.
Do you know when you may concede your insignificance? Before God or, perhaps, before the intellect, beauty, or nature, but not before people. Among people, one must be conscious of one's dignity.
Exquisite nature, daydreams, and music say one thing, real life another.
Probably nature itself gave man the ability to lie so that in difficult and tense moments he could protect his nest, just as do the vixen and wild duck.
One can only call that youth healthful which refuses to be reconciled to old ways and which, foolishly or shrewdly, combats the old. This is nature's charge and all progress hinges upon it.
In countries where there is a mild climate, less effort is expended on the struggle with nature and man is kinder and more gentle.