Quote for Today: Henry Beston

Writing here this cloudy morning, with a great confused roaring of breakers in my ears, I call to mind the Wilson’s warbler, the female I saw a fortnight ago, and I wonder where it was that she forsook her familiar earth for the grey ocean, an ocean she perhaps had never seen. What a gesture of ancient faith and present courage such a flight is, what a defiance of circumstance and death–land wing and hostile sea, the fading light behind, the unknown and the distant articulate and imperious in the bright, aërial blood.

Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod


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