"Drawing is the honesty of art, to draw does not mean simply to reduce contours: drawing does not consist merely of line, drawing is also expression, the inner form, the plane and the modelling."
(Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres)
"Once paper, pen-and-ink-well have been brought to table, Victor Hugo sits down and without making a preliminary sketch, without any apparent preconceptions, sets about drawing with an extraordinary sure hand not the landscapes as a whole but any old detail."
"When I first came the lake was a perfect mirror and what must have been the glory of the reflections in it! This huge facing of rock said to be half a mile in perpendicular height, with deep ravines the whole winded and torrent worn, except where the pink-striped screes come in, as smooth as silk, all reflected, turned into pillars, dells, and a whole new world of images in the water! The head of the lake is crowned by three huge pyramidal mountains, Yew-Barrow, Sca'Fell,and Great Gable".
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
"But to proceed with our survey, and, first of the mountains. Their forms are endlessly diversified, sweeping easily or boldly in simple majesty, abrupt and precipitous, or soft and elegant".
"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long".
(E E Cummings)
"At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy of suffering in plants".
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature as all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
"The best friend of the earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth."