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  • Nature is a language and every new fact one learns is a new word; but it is not a language taken to pieces and dead in the dictionary, but the language put together into a most significant and universal sense. I wish to learn this language--not that I may know a new grammar, but that I may read the great book which is written in that tongue.

    "Emerson: The Mind on Fire" by Robert D. Richardson, University of California Press, (p. 155), March 6, 1995.