Richard Powers

The Overstory

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    Maxim Balabinhas quotedlast year
    It says: A good answer must be reinvented many times, from scratch.
    Claudia Retanahas quoted2 days ago
    He feels he is casting rocks at a sentient being, with a duller sense than his own, yet still a blood relation. Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. If you would learn the secrets of Nature, you must practice more humanity. . .
    Claudia Retanahas quoted8 days ago
    A chorus of living wood sings to the woman: If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we’d drown you in meaning.
    The pine she leans against says: Listen. There’s something you need to hear
    Claudia Retanahas quoted8 days ago
    That’s the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere. Feeding and curing and sheltering more kinds of creatures than people know how to count
    Claudia Retanahas quoted8 days ago
    Laurels insist that even death is nothing to lose sleep over
    Claudia Retanahas quoted8 days ago
    The tree is saying things, in words before words
    Claudia Retanahas quoted8 days ago
    First there was nothing. Then there was everything
    Claudia Retanahas quoted9 days ago
    Earth may be alive: not as the ancients saw her—a sentient Goddess with a purpose and foresight—but alive like a tree. A tree that quietly exists, never moving except to sway in the wind, yet endlessly conversing with the sunlight and the soil. Using sunlight and water and nutrient minerals to grow and change. But all done so imperceptibly, that to me the old oak tree on the green is the same as it was when I was a child.
    Claudia Retanahas quoted9 days ago
    The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them. The waving of the boughs in the storm, is new to me and old. It takes me by surprise, and yet is not unknown. Its effect is like that of a higher thought or a better emotion coming over me, when I deemed I was thinking justly or doing right
    Дарья Ермаковаhas quoted3 months ago
    She thinks, as she does several times a week, how lucky she has been, to spend these few blessed years married to the one man on Earth who’d let her spend most of her life alone.
    Caro San Pedrohas quoted7 months ago
    Tea from infant trees for heart trouble,
    leaves from young sprouts to cure sores,
    cold bark brew to stop bleeding after birth,
    warmed galls to pare back an infant’s navel,
    leaves boiled with brown sugar for coughs,
    poultices for burns, leaves to stuff a talking mattress,
    an extract for despair, when anguish is too much. . . .
    mariapellicerhas quoted8 months ago
    That’s when Adam realizes: Humankind is deeply ill. The species won’t last long. It was an aberrant experiment. Soon the world will be returned to the healthy intelligences, the collective ones. Colonies and hives.
    Simon Dunlophas quoted2 years ago
    Do you believe human beings are using resources faster than the world can replace them?”
    The question seems so far beyond calculation it’s meaningless. Then some small jam in him dislodges, and it’s like an unblinding. “Yes.”
    “Thank you!” She’s pleased with her overgrown pupil. He grins back. Maidenhair’s head bobs forward and her eyebrows flare. “And would you say that the rate is falling or rising?”
    He has seen the graphs. Everyone has. Ignition has only just started.
    “It’s so simple,” she says. “So obvious. Exponential growth inside a finite system leads to collapse.
    Simon Dunlophas quoted2 years ago
    You’ll want to learn what your work’s been up to, while you were gone.”
    Simon Dunlophas quoted2 years ago
    s if forests were waiting all these four hundred million years for us newcomers to come cure them. Science in the service of willful blindness:
    Simon Dunlophas quoted2 years ago
    She sees it in one great glimpse of flashing gold: trees and humans, at war over the land and water and atmosphere. And she can hear, louder than the quaking leaves, which side will lose by winning.
    Simon Dunlophas quoted2 years ago
    . Only one conclusion makes any sense: The wounded trees send out alarms that other trees smell. Her maples are signaling
    Polina Karuikhas quoted2 years ago
    There was a geometry to this constant splitting, a balance to the various thicknesses and lengths that lay beyond his powers as an artist to reveal.
    Polina Karuikhas quoted2 years ago
    water rises through the xylem and disperses out of the million tiny mouths on the undersides of leaves, a hundred gallons a day evaporating from the tree’s airy crown into the humid Iowa air.
    Polina Karuikhas quoted2 years ago
    the trunks change to gray-white skeletons in a rippling wave.
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