A Quote by Des Esseintes on achievement, failure, laziness, nature, originality, plants, thought, and time

It's true, thought Des Esseintes, pursuing his original line of reasoning: most of the time Nature is incapable of producing such twisted, unhealthy species unaided. She provides the basic material, the seed and the soil, the nourishing matrix and the elements of the plant, which man then raises, models, paints and sculpts in his own way. In a few years, man can achieve what Nature, in her laziness, fails to produce over centuries.

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