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“I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.

Cinderella

It has been suggested that the story originated in a nature-myth, Cinderella being the dawn, oppressed by the night clouds (cruel relatives) and finally rescued by the sun (prince).

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910. From All There Is to Know by Alexander Coleman, 1994.

“Nature requires five,
Custom gives seven!
Laziness takes nine,
And Wickedness eleven.”

The Nursery Rhyme Book edited by Andrew Lang, 1972.

Answer: hours of sleep.

Cabiri

Mystic divinities anciently worshiped in Egypt, Phoenicia, Asia Minor and Greece. They were regarded as inferior in dignity to the great gods, and were probably representatives of the powers of nature.

A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.

Knights

  • The Green Knight is either the neophyte or initiate, or, if in giant form, the powers of Nature and sometimes Death.
  • The Red Knight is the conqueror, baptized in blood.
  • The White Knight depicts innocence, purity, the elect, the illuminated.
  • The Black Knight represents the powers of evil, sin, expiation and sacrifice.

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper, 1978.

Dogs

Before lying down, nature prompts the dog to turn several times in order to bend the leaves away from his body, and thus secure a flat resting space.

5000 Facts and Fancies by William Henry P. Phyfe, 1901.

King Solomon’s Ring

A magic ring worn by Solomon, which enabled him to understand the speech of birds and beasts, and give him power over all living things, all the forces of nature, and the unseen world of the supernatural.

Whose What? by Dorothy Rose Blumberg, 1969.

Debitum Naturae

The debt to nature. A euphemism for death and evocative of “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” in suggesting that all of us are merely on loan to the world.

Veni, Vidi, Vici by Eugene Ehrlich, 1995.

Manito

Manito, or Manitou, was the Algonquian name for the spirit or force that pervades all nature, being either good or evil.  Manito in one form or another, and under other names, was a concept believed in by virtually every Indian tribe.  Manito was not thought of as a formal personality, and its nature is indicated by such equivalent names for it as Great Spirit, Great Mystery, and Master of Life.

American Indian Legends, Myths and Legends of All Nations by Herbert Spencer Robinson and Knox Wilson, 1960.

“I fish because I love to… because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed with power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience… because only in the woods can one find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid; and finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun.”

Robert Travers, Anatomy of a Fisherman (1964);  found in Fly Fishing With Darth Vader (Matt Labash, 2010)

Alaskan Glaciers

  • Childs Glacier - Cordova
  • Mendenhall Glacier - Juneau
  • LeConte Glacier - Petersburg
  • Ruth Glacier - Talkeetna
  • Juneau Ice Field - Juneau
  • Spencer Glacier - Girdwood
  • Matanuska Glacier - Glenn Hwy
  • Grewingk Glacier - Homer
  • Columbia Glacier - Valdez
  • Glacier Bay - Gustavus

“Japanese art has turned to nature. It teaches ways of feeling and expressing the subtlest changes in nature with the different seasons. An objects beauty remains hidden from the analytical research of the mind. Beauty is revealed in the feeling that binds heart and object.”

– Kaii Higashiyama