I am a big fan of quotes, especially ones that strike a chord and have meaning for what is important to me. Years ago I was waiting for a flight in Zambia’s Lusaka International Airport and was taken by a beautiful sculpture of two Kafue Lechwe antelopes (sculptured by Coert Steynberg) in the main hall.
The words of writer/naturalist Henry Beston stayed with me the most, an excerpt taken from his book The Outer Most House. I let it speak for itself, as the words are full of wisdom and ageless.
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”