A Quote by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou on god, purity, spirit, struggles, fire, nature, soul, enlightenment, light, knowledge, and spirituality

Humble yourselves.  Do not think highly and you will attain high things.  The more gold is tested in the fire, the purer it becomes.  And the Christian, the more he is tried by temptations, the more his soul is purified.  The more deeply the plow tills the earth, the more often we prune and carefully tend the vines, the more and the sweetest fruit we will receive.

Elder Ephraim

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Sir Isaac Newton on nature, circulatory, atmosphere, earth, sun, conserve, river, spirit, light, and ether

For nature is a perpetual circulatory worker, generating fluids out of solids, and solids out of fluids, fixed things out of volatile, & volatile out of fixed, subtle out of gross, & gross out of subtle, Some things to ascend & make the upper terrestrial juices, Rivers and the Atmosphere; & by consequence others to descend for a Requital to the former. And as the Earth, so perhaps may the Sun imbibe this spirit copiously to conserve his Shining, & keep the Planets from receding further from him. And they that will, may also suppose, that this Spirit affords or carries with it thither the solary fuel & material Principle of Light; And that the vast ethereal Spaces between us, & the stars are for a sufficient repository for this food of the Sun and Planets. 

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

Source: Letter to Oldenburg (7 Dec 1675). In H. W. Turnbull (ed.), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, 1661-1675 (1959), Vol. 1, 366.

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A Quote by Gerard Manley Hopkins on circle, light, nature, and stars

Look at the stars!  Look, look up at the skies!
Oh look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there!

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Source: The Nordic Light

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A Quote by Claude Monet on inspiration and nature

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.

Claude Monet

Source: The Wisdom of Wolves 2010 Calendar

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A Quote by Lucille Lang Day on ladybugs, life, moon, nature, and sea

Rust-colored ladybugs, clustered like grapes,
mate on horsetails that wave by a creek,
where silvery salmon spawn and leap
when the sandbar breaks at the gate to the sea.

The ladybugs have come hundreds of miles,
from valley to coast, for this singles bash.
The females are choosy; they twiddle the males,
seeking appendages padded with fat.

And all around - high in redwood burls,
on elk-clover leaves, and in the rich soil -
the meaning of life is to stroke and prod
under a humpbacked moon, dissolving in fog.

Lucille Lang Day

Source: Muir Woods at Night

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A Quote by Kolbein Falkeid on life, light, eternity, and nature

It's morning again, little hope,
and the world's drying of with fresh-laundered sunshine.
Life's face is never the same
though we may look at it for all eternity.

Kolbein Falkeid

Source: Morning

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A Quote by Knut Hamsun on earth, light, nature, people, and sea

Earth and sea merged, the sea tossed itself in the air
in a fantastic dance, into the shapes of men
and horses and tattered banners.
I stood in the lee of an overhanging rock
and thought of many things.

Knut Hamsun

Source: The Nordic Light

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A Quote by Nils-Aslak Valkeapää on blue, light, nature, and space

the whole world, wide
grazing land, the open spaces
wind across the land
and the sky, blue, high

Nils-Aslak Valkeapää

Source: The Nordic Light

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A Quote by Harald Sverdrup on blue, life, nature, and sea

I sing and I sing
a blue melody
when the sea which tumbles
my life in its storm
has sculpted me free
in its lulling calm
and eddied its form
in my restless blood.
I sing and I sing
a blue melody.

Harald Sverdrup

Source: Conch

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A Quote by Olav Aukrust on memory, mind, and nature

Softer than cotton-grass swaying in the wind
deep in the mountain clearing,
are the memories that drift through a man's own mind
a pale, wind-swept evening.

Olav Aukrust

Source: The Northern Light

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