Quote by Hal Borland
You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
This quote suggests that nature and its elements are inherently innocent and free from human flaws and biases. It implies that nature does not possess ulterior motives or hidden agendas like humans often do. By mentioning a tree, a bird, a squirrel, and a violet, the quote emphasizes the simplicity and purity of nature, contrasting it with the complex and often suspicious nature of human behavior. Overall, it encourages us to appreciate the natural world without attributing our own human characteristics or judgments to it.
More will sometimes be demanded of you than is reasonable. Bear it meekly, and exhaust your time and strength in performing your duties, rather than in vindicating your rights. Be silent, even when you are misrepresented. Turn aside when opposed, rather than confront opposition with resistance. Bear and forbear, not defending yourselves, so much as trusting to your works to defend you. Yet, in counselling you thus, I would not be understood to be a total non-resistant;a perfectly passive, non-elastic sand-bag, in society; but I would not have you resist until the blow be aimed, not so much at you, as, through you, at the sacred cause of human improvement, in which you are engaged,a point at which forbearance would be allied to crime.