Lapham’s Quarterly – Book of Nature Quotes

I finally finished Lapham’s Quarterly’s Book of Nature yesterday.  Work wasn’t too busy, the family was away and I got some serious reading done.  Here are my favorites from this edition:

“Here is our long-forgotten family home.
And, having heard now and then the voice of ancestors calling,
Like a grey little forest bird, from far-away centuries,
I fly to you, Belovezhskaya Puschca.”
– Russian ballad by Aleksandra Pakhmutova, 1975

Heraclitus quotes

My favorite quotes from Heraclitus:

πολυμαθίη νόον οὐ διδάσκει
Much learning does not teach understanding

ποταμοῖσι τοῖσιν αὐτοῖσιν ἐμϐαίνουσιν, ἕτερα καὶ ἕτερα ὕδατα ἐπιρρεῖ.
Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.

χρὴ γὰρ εὖ μάλα πολλῶν ἴστορας φιλοσόφους ἄνδρας εἶναι
Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.

τὰ ὄντα ἰέναι τε πάντα καὶ μένειν οὐδέν
All entities move and nothing remains still.

What was scattered gathers.
What was gathered blows apart.

Just as the river where I step is not the same, and is, so I am as I am not.

John Berger – Each pine at dusk

Each pine at dusk
lodges the bird
of its voice
perpendicular and still
the forest
indifferent to history
tearless as stone
repeats
in tremulous excitement
the ancient story
of the sun going down.

  • John Berger from “And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos”

New Yorker – Postscript: John Berger, 1926 – 2017: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/postscript-john-berger-1926-2017 

Gandalf Quote

Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.  Small acts of kindness and love.  – Gandalf – J.R.R. Tolkien

Heard this quote again while watching my recently received The Hobbit movie; I felt it was a good quote for the times we’re in and for what will come.