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Humility

…even in the presence of the least petal and the slimmest grass blade, we are but humble guests of the grassland.

“The path to prairie is humility, sibling to awe. Within the prairie’s vast beauty and mystery, we must accept our smallness, set aside our arrogant dominion, know that even in the presence of the least petal and the slimmest grass blade, we are but humble guests of the grassland.”

—Thomas Dean, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit

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Findings

And what a magnificent telegraph we might send back…

“All of these findings are still new, but I’m in love with the idea that plants have a temperature, that they can run warm and cold when they need to, that they can send signals to species who will help them, not harm them. And what a magnificent telegraph we might send back, especially if other humans have ever made you feel alone on this earth.”

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders

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Fireflies

Perhaps I can will it to be true.

“I know I will search for fireflies all the rest of my days, even though they dwindle a little bit more each year. I can’t help it. They blink on and off, a lime glow to the summer night air, as if to say: I am still here, you are still here, I am still here, you are still here, I am, you are, over and over again. Perhaps I can will it to be true.”

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders