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Eric Hansen
“Many collectors died in process of searching for new species, and despite persistent reports that the men died from drowning, gunshot and knife wounds, snakebite, trampling by cattle, or blows in the head with blunt instruments, it is generally accepted that in each case the primary cause of death was orchid fever.”
Eric Hansen, Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

Oscar Wilde
“Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins.”
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

“You're a quiet, beautiful woman in a loud, ugly place. An orchid among weeds. You define obvious.”
Lynn Viehl, Stay the Night

John Burroughs
“Man takes root at his feet, and at best he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.”
John Burroughs
tags: man, soil

Stephen Hawking
“So Einstein was wrong when he said, "God does not play dice." Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.”
Stephen Hawking

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