Quote by John Updike
I must go to Nature disarmed of perspective and stretch myself like a large transparent canvas upon her in the hope that, my submission being perfect, the imprint of a beautiful and useful truth would be taken.
This quote reflects the desire to approach Nature with a pure and open mind, devoid of preconceived notions and biases. By relinquishing one's perspective, the speaker likens themselves to a blank canvas, ready to absorb the deep wisdom and significance that Nature has to offer. With complete surrender and submission, the speaker hopes to capture and convey a beautiful and meaningful truth that can be of value to others. It underscores the importance of humility and attentiveness when interacting with the natural world.
The collection of any taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them. The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity. The property of the country belongs to the people of the country. Their title is absolute. They do not support any privileged class; they do not need to maintain great military forces; they ought not to be burdened with a great array of public employees. They are not required to make any contribution to Government expenditures except that which they voluntarily assess upon themselves through the action of their own representatives. Whenever taxes become burdensome a remedy can be applied by the people; but if they do not act for themselves, no one can be very successful in acting for them.