How often are the beauties of nature unheeded by man, who, musing on past ills, brooding over the possible calamities of the future, building castles in the air, or wrapped up in his own self-love and self-importance, forgets to look abroad, or looks with a vacant stare.

— Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps

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Each opening bud, and care-perfected seed, Is as a page, where we may read of God.

Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps

So, in the physical world mankind are prone to seek an explanation of uncommon phenomena only, while the ordinary changes of nature, which are in themselves equally wonderful, are disregarded.