It is not length of life, but depth of life.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
All finite things reveal infinitude:
The mountain with its singular bright shade
Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow,
The after-light upon ice-burdened pines;
Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope,
A scene beloved of bees;
Silence of water above a sunken tree:
The pure serene of memory of one man,--
A ripple widening from a single stone
Winding around the waters of the world.
~ Theodore Roethke, last stanza of The Far Field
Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.
~ Henry David Thoreau