Friday, April 27, 2018


To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.

Rachel Carson in her first book, Under the Sea-Wind (1941), quoted in Jill Lepore, "The Shorebird: Rachel Carson and the rising of the seas," in the March 26th issue of The New Yorker (with a different title online) 

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