A ROBIN Redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a rage . . . .
He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.
I AM not ashamed nor afraid to declare the tenderness of my childish nature, which is such that I cannot well reject my dog if he chance (although out of season) to fawn upon me, or beg of me to play with him.
Michael E. Montaigne
AS the art of life is learned, it will be found at last that all lovely things are also necessary; —the wild flower by the wayside, as well as the tended corn; and the wild birds and creatures of the forest, as well as the tended cattle; because man doth not live by bread only, but also by the desert manna; by every wondrous word and unknowable work of God.
I WOULD give nothing for that man’s religion whose very dog and cat are not the better for it.