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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.