Quote by Henry David Thoreau
You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake; you must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand heap.
This quote emphasizes the importance of valuing and appreciating the natural world and the earth we live on. It suggests that one should prioritize the sustenance and nourishment provided by the earth's resources rather than being preoccupied with material pleasures like food. It encourages the ability to find fulfillment and sustenance in even the most simple and humble aspects of life, symbolized by extracting nourishment from a sand heap. Overall, the quote promotes an attitude of gratitude and connection with the earth.
My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop.