John Lewis-Stempel · 308 pages
Rating: (692 votes)
“you rise at dawn in May you can savour the world before the pandemonium din of the Industrial Revolution and 24/7 shopping.”
“To stand alone in a field in England and listen to the morning chorus of the birds is to remember why life is precious.”
“Almost all the things I love are to do with grass. Geese, sheep, cows, horses. Even dogs eat grass.”
“They killed farming a year or so later. And they killed it by putting cabs on tractors. No longer was the farmer alive to the elements, or even close to the earth.”
“I have decided to sleep under the stars... Tonight heaven is my roof, and the hedges my walls... The field folds me in soft wings.”
“And nothing in nature is wasted. The bodies of the dead meadow ants will go to nourish the soil of the meadow. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. Flesh to flesh.”
“High summer and one can hear the universe; so overwhelming is e accumulated sound of growing in the meadow and in hedges, of pollen being released, of particles moving in the heat, that all the minute motions together create a continuous him: the sound of summer.”
“Cuando se muere en la calle se acaba formando un estruendo horroroso alrededor. No es verdad que se muera solo. Se acaba con caras que no se conocen delante de las narices, personas que tocan piernas y brazos para averiguar si el cuerpo es ya cadáver o vale la pena pedir que vaya una ambulancia.”
“Yeah, the elf looks good in the sun," Jenks smart-mouthed, the pixy currently sitting on the bottom of my hooped earrings and out of the moderate wind. "When you going to put us all out of your misery and boink him?”
“Because you kissed me that day. I expected the ice queen and got a funny, go-with-the-flow girl that didn’t care what anyone thought about her. A girl willing to stir up gossip just so that I could win a date with someone else. “You didn’t have to help me. In fact, you probably should have been insulted, but you weren’t. You kissed me, you smiled, and then you wished me good luck. No one’s ever surprised me like that. I couldn’t figure out why you did it, and I just had to get to know you after that.” I”
“Since Lenin died, every Soviet leader had been a liar. They had all glossed over what was wrong and declined to acknowledge reality. The most striking characteristic of Soviet leadership for the last sixty-five year was the refusal to face facts.(1075)”
“Demais, a Casa Verde é uma instituição pública; tal a aceitamos das mãos da câmara dissolvida. Há entretanto – por força que há de haver – um alvitre intermédio que restituiu o sossego ao espírito público”
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