Nature In A City Yard; Some Rambling Dissertations Thereupon

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byCharles Montgomery Skinner

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ...earth under and about them. They not only steal the nutriment from the flowers, but try to monopolize the sunshine. The thrifty weed is like the thrifty man, and even the thrifty mind; yet no: for the best mind is one-sided, and does not get in the way of lesser ones. They will have it that we ought to develop our minds generally as well as specifically. A mind evenly grown is prettier to look at, like the box-trees in old-fashioned gardens after the gardener has trimmed them; but shapeliness is not enough: strength and reliability are more. The mind of a Newton, a Darwin, an Edison may, after all, be big in one department, and in others shrunken from disuse. One may even have a mind like a Turner or--no, I will not mention the musician's name--that would show itself on the outside of the head by one big bump in a desert of depression. And here is Got, dean of the Comedie Francaise, claiming that in his calling people get on best without minds. Bother it all! The worst of thought in this nineteenth century is that you don't know what to think. My Emerson and Bacon, even my Burroughs and Thoreau, shall suggest nothing to me to-day. I will leave my brains in the house, and sit among the petunias and sweet-peas. For nature, even a yardful of it, makes health in her communicant. Get away from self-consciousness. Think not of your mind nor of your fate. Why be always thinking on your end? as graveyard literature hath it. We are here to live, not to die. Continue the good work that those might have done who are gone. So shall you be prepared to die. There may be matters that people hold more different minds about than gardening, but I doubt.it. The study of it from magazines and floriculturists is an experience to blister the understanding and destroy confidence ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ...earth under and about them. They not only steal the nutriment from the flowers, but try to monopolize the sunshine. The thrifty ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217517781

ISBN - 13:9780217517782

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