Frederick Law Olmstead

A Quote by Frederick Law Olmstead on action, beauty, body, economics, exercise, fatigue, influence, mind, and rest

If we analyze the operations of scenes of beauty upon the mind, and consider the intimate relation of the mind upon the nervous system and the whole physical economy, the action and reaction which constantly occur between bodily and mental conditions, the reinvigoration which results from such scenes is readily comprehended. . . . The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration to the whole system.

Frederick Law Olmstead

Source: The Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Trees, 1865

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