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Isabella L. Bird
“The 'almighty dollar' is the true divinity, and its worship is universal.”
“Americans specially love superlatives. The phrases 'biggest in the world,' 'finest in the world,' are on all lips.”
“... mining destroys and devastates; turning the earth inside out, making it hideous, and blighting every green thing, as it usually blights man's heart and soul.”
“Surely one advantage of traveling is that, while it removes much prejudice against foreigners and their customs, it intensifies tenfold one's appreciation of the good at home ...”
“[On Malaysia:] Mr. Darwin says so truly that a visit to the tropics (and such tropics) is like a visit to a new planet. This new wonder-world, so enchanting, tantalising, intoxicating, makes me despair, for I cannot make you see what I am seeing!”
“The sunset has passed through every stage of beauty, through every glory of color, through riot and triumph, through pathos and tenderness, into a long, dreamy, painless rest, succeeded by the profound solemnity of the moonlight, and a stillness broken only by the night cries of beasts in the aromatic forests.”
“A strictly North American beauty — snow splotched mountains, huge pines, redwoods, sugar pines, silver spruce; a crystalline atmosphere, waves of the richest color; and a pine-hung lake which mirrors all beauty on its surface. Lake Tahoe is before me, a sheet of water twenty-two miles long by ten broad, and in some places 1,700 feet deep.”
Isabella L. Bird, English travel writer
(1831 - 1904)
Full name: Isabella Lucy Bird Bishop.