William Cowper ( KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and Anglican hymnwriter. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th-century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he...
Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
An environmental setting developed over millions of years must be considered to have some merit. Anything so complicated as a planet, inhabited by more than a million and a half species of plants and animals, all of them living together in a more or less balanced equilibrium in which they continually use and reuse the same molecules of the soil and air, cannot be improved by aimless and uninformed tinkering.