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Landscapes

  • Landscape consists in the multiple, overlapping intricacies and forms that exist in a given space at a moment in time.

  • A good-looking piece of scenery anywhere delights the eye and elevates the spirits. Some of us, crude creatures that we are, are merely excited; finer souls draw ethical and spiritual nutrients from the sight.

  • The sunshine had the density of gold-leaf: we seemed to be driving through the landscape of a missal.

  • The hills are going somewhere; / They have been on the way a long time. / They are like camels in a line / But they move more slowly.

  • The trees and shrubbery seemed well-groomed and social, like pleasant people.

  • To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

  • The older a people grows, the more it absorbs its own landscape and builds to it.

  • Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow's grass.

  • The most beautiful landscapes in the world, if they evoke no memory, if they bear no trace of a remarkable event, are uninteresting compared to historic landscapes.

  • Prairie settlers always saw a sea or an ocean of grass, could never think of any other metaphor, since most of them had lately seen the Atlantic.

  • ... valleys are the sunken places of the earth, cañons are scored out by the glacier ploughs of God.

  • The body repeats the landscape. They are the source of each other and create each other.

    • Meridel Le Sueur,
    • "The Ancient People and the Newly Come," in Chester G. Anderson, ed., Growing Up in Minnesota: Ten Writers Remember Their Childhoods ()
  • Green hills be walls / Forever shaping us.

  • ... landscape, that vast still life, invites description, not narration. It is lyric. It has no story: it is the beloved, and asks only to be contemplated.

  • Landscape shapes culture.