Henry David Thoreau
"It was such a light as we could not have imagined a moment before, and the air was also so warm and serene that nothing was wanting to make a paradise of that meadow. When we reflected that this was not a solitary phenomenon, never to happen again, but that it would happen forever and ever, an infinite number of evenings, and cheer and reassure the latest child that walked there, it was more glorious still."
"A work of art does not appeal to the intellect. It does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion."
“It’s not good enough to copy nature. Nature has to be transformed in some way. Nature has to be filtered through the artist, and the artist has to spend time immersed in the subject matter they love.”