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By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Disassociating, mindfulness, transcendence-whatever the label-it's a sort of loophole in our contract with reality, a form of self-rescue.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Flight is nothing but an attitude in motion.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The sensory misers will inherit the earth, but first they will make it not worth living on. When you consider something like death, after which we may well go out like a candle flame, then it probably won’t matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, care for one another too deeply, are excessively curious about nature, are too open to experience, enjoy a nonstop expense of the senses in an effort to know life intimately and lovingly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Of all the errands life seems to be running, of all the mysteries that enchant us, love is my favorite

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Love is the white light of emotion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Though most of us don't hunt, our eyes are still the great monopolists of our senses. To taste or touch your enemy or your food, you have to be unnervingly close to it. To smell or hear it, you can risk being further off. But vision can rush through the fields and up the mountains, travel across time, country, and parsecs of outer space, and collect bushel baskets of information as it goes. Animals that hear high frequencies better than we do

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

All relationships change the brain - but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Words are small shapes in the gorgeous chaos of the world. ... they bring the world into focus, they corral ideas, they hone thoughts, they paint watercolors of perception.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Violets smell like burnt sugar cubes that have been dipped in lemon and velvet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touched starved. Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas, and often meet to gossip or share ideas. On the other hand, we bossed ourselves around, set impossible goals, and demanded longer hours than office jobs usually entail. It was the ultimate "flextime," in that it depended on how flexible we felt each day, given deadlines, distractions, and workaholic crescendos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

I'm an Earth ecstatic, and my creed is simple: All life is sacred, life loves life, and we are capable of improving our behavior toward one another. As basic as that is, for me it's also tonic and deeply spiritual, glorifying the smallest life-form and embracing the most distant stars.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Mystery causes a mental itch, which the brain tries to soothe with the balm of reasonable talk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Don't just live the length of your life - live the width of it as well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Tranquillity hides in small spaces, and when found needs to be treasured, because you know it's a phantom that will slip away again.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

We evolved as creatures knitted into the fabric of nature, and without its intimate truths, we can find ourselves unraveling.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Nature is more like a seesaw than a crystal, a never-ending conga line of bold moves and corrections.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

A kiss is like singing into someone's mouth.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Love is the great intangible. In our nightmares, we can create beasts out of pure emotion. Hate stalks the streets with dripping fangs, fear flies down narrow alleyways on leather wings, and jealousy spins sticky webs across the sky. In daydreams, we can maneuver with poise, foiling an opponent, scoring high on fields of glory while crowds cheer, cutting fast to the heart of an adventure. But what dream state is love? Frantic and serene, vigilant and calm, wrung-out and fortified, explosive and sedate –love commands a vast army of moods. Hoping for victory, limping from the latest skirmish, lovers enter the arena once again. Sitting still, we are as daring as gladiators.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Seres tan encariñados con su libertad como los seres humanos saben cómo volver a plantear casi cualquier tema. Si hay una cosa en la que realmente nos mostramos magistrales, es en empujar los límites, inventar estrategias, encontrar caminos para rodear las verdades más impías, tomar a la vida por las solapas y sacudirla sin piedad. Es cierto que la vida tiende a devolver los golpes, pero eso nunca ha bastado para deternos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

To begin to understand the gorgeous fever that is consciousness, we must try to understand the senses and what they can tell us about the ravishing world we have the privilege to inhabit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Our sense of safety depends on predictability, so anything living outside the usual rules we suspect to be an outlaw, a ghoul.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The faint pink coating the treetops promised rippling buds, a sure sign of spring hastening in, right on schedule, and the animal world getting ready for its fiesta of courting and mating, dueling and dancing, suckling and grubbing, costume-making and shedding-in short, the fuzzy, fizzy hoopla of life's ramshackle return.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

At some point, one asks, "Toward what end is my life lived?" A great freedom comes from being able to answer that question. A sleeper can be decoyed out of bed by the sheer beauty of dawn on the open seas. Part of my job, as I see it, is to allow that to happen. Sleepers like me need at some point to rise and take their turn on morning watch for the sake of the planet, but also for their own sake, for the enrichment of their lives. From the deserts of Namibia to the razor-backed Himalayas, there are wonderful creatures that have roamed the Earth much longer than we, creatures that not only are worthy of our respect but could teach us about ourselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Adult bats don't weigh much. They're mainly fur and appetite.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Variety is the pledge that matter makes to living things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Human beings are sloshing sacks of chemicals on the move.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The well of nature is full today. Time to go outside and take a drink.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The more we exile ourselves from nature, the more we crave its miracle waters.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

I think if you look at any facet of nature in enough detail, you find it fascinating. How could you not? The universe is so full of marvels. Here's an example -- rain, the shape of rain. I was minding my own business, working on my book, looking out the window, and it was raining and I was noticing that the raindrops were falling in that classic round-looking way, and I thought, 'I wonder if raindrops really are round?' So I started researching it a little, and I discovered that raindrops change shape 300 times a second.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

After all, coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time's continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world's ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may unfold.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

I like handling newborn animals. Fallen into life from an unmappable world, they are the ultimate immigrants, full of wonder and confusion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Love, like truth, is the unassailable defense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Things that live by night live outside the realm of 'normal' time and so suggest living outside the realm of good and evil, since we have moralistic feelings about time. Chauvinistic about our human need to wake by day and sleep by night, we come to associate night dwellers with people up to no good at a time when they have the jump on the rest of us and are defying nature, defying their circadian rhythms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

We live on the leash of our senses. There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Success produces success, just as money produces money.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Though we marry as adults, we don't marry adults. We marry children who have grown up and still rejoice in being children, especially if we're creative.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

On some summer days in New York City, the air hangs thickly visible, like the combined exhalations of eight million souls. Steam rising from vents underground makes you wonder if there isn't one giant sweat gland lodged beneath the city.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The heart is a museum, filled with the exhibits of a lifetime's loves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Smell is the mute sense, the one without words.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

The senses don't just make sense of life in bold or subtle acts of clarity, they tear reality apart into vibrant morsels and reassemble them into a meaningful pattern.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Writer's block is a luxury most people with deadlines don't have.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Diane Ackerman

If cynicism is inevitable as one ages, so is the yearning for innocence. To children heaven is being an adult, and to adults heaven is being children again.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Diane Ackerman

Knee-deep in the cosmic overwhelm, I’m stricken by the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Diane Ackerman

We tend to think of heroes only in terms of violent combat, whether it's against enemies or a natural disaster. But human beings also perform radical acts of compassion; we just don't talk about them, or we don't talk about them as much.