"As is the human body, so is the cosmic body
As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.
As is the atom, so is the universe. "
FRIENDS IN THE CHANTALIQUE GARDEN
"What greater stupidity can be imagined than that of calling
jewels, silver, and gold "precious",
and earth and soil "base"?
People who do this ought to remember that if there were as great a scarcity of soil
as of jewels or precious metals,
there would not be a prince who would not spend a bushel of diamonds and rubies and a cartload of gold just to have enough earth to plant a jasmine in a little pot,
or to sow an orange seed and watch it sprout, grow,
and produce its handsome leaves, its fragrant flowers, and fine fruit."