John Muir: Anything by itself

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. –John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

Jacob A Rits: Stone-cutting

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together. -Jacob A. Riis, journalist and social reformer (1849-1914)