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“That is the charm of woods, anyway. Things live and breathe quietly and out of sight. You can sense it, but you don't know what or even if it isn't the wood itself, more alive than it seems.”
“A gorilla is a stupendous creature, very up and coming. He seems to belong to the dawn of his time, the origin, not the end, the elemental stuff packed with compressed vitality from whom everything is still to come.”
“Then perhaps in the end, if we don't exterminate the gorillas before we exterminate ourselves, the gorilla will have his chance. He's one of the really great ones of the earth, and he's not specialized, he's versatile. It's the versatile who survive.”
“In our big cities there is nothing at all not made by ourselves except the air. We are our own context and live by picking each other's brains. There's no vital force. Electronic Man.”
“He was paralyzed with the impossibility of either belief or disbelief.”
“Certainly it had never occurred to him that an animal could be stripped of everything that went with it, of which its instincts were an inseparable part, and that you could have just its little body in a space of nothingness. As if looking at that told you anything but the nature of sorrow, which you knew anyway.”
“Here in their ugly, empty cages the monkeys were no more tropical than a collection of London rats or dirty park pigeons. They were degraded as in a slum.”
“I believe children, even the youngest, love good language, and that they see, feel, understand and communicate more not less, than grownups. Therefore I never write down to them, but try to evoke that new, brilliant awareness that is their world.”
L.M. Boston, English writer
(1892 - 1990)
Full name: Lucy Maria Wood Boston.