Ebb Quotes (3 quotes)
A Frenchman who arrives in London, will find Philosophy, like every Thing else, very much changd there. He had left the World a plenum, and he now finds it a vacuum. At Paris the Universe is seen, composd of Vortices of subtile Matter; but nothing like it is seen in London. In France, tis the Pressure of the Moon that causes the Tides; but in England tis the Sea that gravitates towards the Moon; so what when you think that the Moon should make it flood with us, those Gentlemen fancy it should be Ebb, which, very unluckily, cannot be provd. For to be able to do this, tis necessary the Moon and the Tides should have been enquird into, at the very instant of the Creation.
So I travelled, stopping ever and again, in great strides of a thousand years or more, drawn on by the mystery of the earths fate, watching with a strange fascination the sun grow larger and duller in the westward sky, and the life of the old earth ebbing out.
There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of naturethe assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.