“The patient. – The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience: – they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow

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The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood,
have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go,
and so many generations pass into silence,
that we may well wonder what “the story of the trees” would be to us
if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand.

quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938 ~

 

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