"...I wasn't at all prepared for the avalanche of criticism that overwhelmed me. You would have thought I had murdered someone, andperhaps I had, but only to give her successor a chance to live. It was a very sad business indeed to be made to feel that my success depended solely, or at least in large part, on a head of hair."
"Semi-Saracenic architecture, sustaining itself as if by miracle in mid air; glittering in the red sunlight with a hundred oriels,minarets, and pinnacles; and seeming the phantom handiwork, conjointly, of the Sylphs,... the Fairies,... the Genii, and ... the Gnomes."
"There might be a class of beings, human once, but now to humanity invisible, for whose scrutiny, and for whose refined appreciation of the beautiful, more especially than for our own, had been set in order by God the great landscape-garden of the whole earth."
"We have ... a thirst unquenchable, to allay which he has not shown us the crystal springs. This thirst belongs to the immortalityof Man.... It is no mere appreciation of the Beauty before us--but a wild effort to reach the Beauty above."
"Then, bringing me the joy we feel when wee see a work by our favorite painter which differs from any other that we know, or if weare led before a painting of which we have until then only seen a pencil sketch, if a musical piece heard only on the piano appears before us clothed in the colors of the orchestra, my grandfather called me the [hawthorn] hedge at Tansonville, saying, "You who are so fond of hawthorns, look at this pink thorn, isn't it lovely?"
"There is much to be said against the climate on the coast of British Columbia and Alaska; yet, I believe that the scenery of one good day will compensate the tourists who will go there in increasing numbers."
"It is not unkind to say, from the standpoint of scenery alone, that if many, and indeed most, of our American national parks wereto be set down on the continent of Europe thousands of Americans would journey all the way across the ocean in order to see their beauties."