John Muir


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arrangement stands forth among these other plants not as an isolated scrap of accidental harmony, but as simple notes of one grand harmony readable to our small and dim senses. When a paper page is written but once it may be easily read, but if it be written over and over with characters of every style and size it soon becomes unreadable, although not a confused mark or thought may occur to mar its perfection, and thus our limited powers are perplexed in reading the inexhaustible pages of Nature. They are written over and over uncountable times - written in characters of every size and color, sentences composed of sentences, characters of sentences, every part of a character a sentence - not a fragment in all of Nature, every relative [Drawing - “View from the Sea - North end of Cuba.”]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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