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    Wherever modern Science has exploded a superstitious fable or even a picturesque error, she has replaced it with a grander and even more poetical truth.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: truth 
     
    When not protected by law, by popular favor or superstition, or by other special circumstances, [birds] yield very readily to the influences of civilization, and, though the first operations of the settler are favorable to the increase of many species, the great extension of rural and of mechanical industry is, in a variety of ways, destructive even to tribes not directly warred upon by man.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: seeing 
     
    Apart from the hostile influence of man, the organic and the inorganic world are ... bound together by such mutual relations and adaptations s secure, if not the absolute permanence and equilibrium of both ... at least a very slow and gradual succession of changes in those conditions. But man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: nature  men  world  influence  harmony 
     
    The equation of animal and vegetable life is too complicated a problem for human intelligence to solve, and we can never know how wide a circle of disturbance we produce in the harmonies of nature when we throw the smallest pebble into the ocean of organic life.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    We have now felled forest enough everywhere, in many districts far too much. Let us restore this one element of material life to its normal proportions, and devise means for maintaining the permanence of its relations to the fields, the meadows and the pastures, to the rain and the dews of heaven, to the springs and rivulets with which it waters down the earth.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: earth  rain  water  heaven 
     
    The great question, whether man is of nature or above her.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: nature  men  questions 
     
    The improvement of forest trees is the work of centuries. So much more the reason for beginning now.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: work  improvement 
     
    Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: men  earth  alone 
     
    All Nature is linked together by invisible bonds and every organic creature, however low, however feeble, however dependent, is necessary to the well-being of some other among the myriad forms of life.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: nature 
     
    Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords.
    — George Perkins Marsh
    tags: nature  men  harmony 
     
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