Inspiration from the Vintage Garden: Victorian Girl Gathering Garden Flowers


It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness.
We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

When we are children we seldom think of the future.
This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can.
The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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Joy of Walking: Victorian Lady in Blue Dress Strolling by the Shore


Among the changing months, May stands confest;
The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.
James Thomson

Limitless and immortal,
the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.
Heinrich Zimmer

They travel long distances to stroll along the seashore,
for reasons they can't put into words.
Edward O. Wilson

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Vintage Nature Illustration for Inspiration: Invited Guests or Young Lady with Wild Swans


“The river is such a tranquil place, a place to sit and think of romance and the beauty of nature, to enjoy the elegance of swans and the chance of a glimpse of a kingfisher.”
Jane Wilson-Howarth, Snowfed Waters

We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living