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  • Boulders have their minds on the center of the earth / They came from.

  • Gems, in fact, are a species of mineral flowers; they are the blossoms of the dark, hard mine; and what they want in perfume, they make up in durability.

  • Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?

  • A gray stone is naturally mournful. / It is a word from the common language of the dead. / Keep it. Someday you will understand.

  • Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. ... It preserves things from corruption — even as it corrodes other things with its bite. A little of it fertilizes the land; a lot sterilizes it.

  • From my mother, a rock, / I have learned that rocks give / most of all.

    • Judy Grahn,
    • "The land that I grew up on is a rock," The Queen of Wands ()