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A strange feeling of complete, almost solemn contentment suddenly overcame me when the descent module landed, rocked, and stilled. The weather was foul, but I smelled Earth, unspeakably sweet and intoxicating. And wind. Now utterly delightful; wind after long days in space.
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And as long as industrial systems have bowels
The boss should reside in the nest that he fouls.
Economists argue that all the world lacks is
A suitable system of effluent taxes.
In Kenneth Ewart Boulding and Richard P. Beilock (Ed.), Illustrating Economics: Beasts, Ballads and Aphorisms (1980, 2009), 3.
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And I do not take my medicines from the apothecaries; their shops are but foul sculleries, from which comes nothing but foul broths. As for you, you defend your kingdom with belly-crawling and flattery. How long do you think this will last? ... let me tell you this: every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes, and my shoebuckles are more learned than your Galen and Avicenna, and my beard has more experience than all your high colleges.
'Credo', in J. Jacobi (ed.), Paracelsus: Selected Writings (1951), 80.
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I cannot but look upon the strange Instinct of this noisome and troublesome Creature a Louse, of searching out foul and nasty Clothes to harbor and breed in, as an Effect of divine Providence, design’d to deter Men and Women from Sluttishness and Sordidness.
John Ray
In The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation (1691), 309.
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It goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging, this majestic roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man. How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving, how express and admirable, in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god—the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
Hamlet (1601), II, ii.
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It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
In use at least as early as 1839, for example in 'Craven' (ed.), The Sporting Review (Aug 1839), 132. Webmaster found subsequent examples being applied metaphorically to criticism of speech, politics or social conduct, rather than any literal interpretation concerning pollution.
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Man is the only animal that fouls its own nest.
Anonymous
Used about man's pollution of his own environment. Webmaster has not found its original source. An example of its use is in the American Public Works Yearbook 1966 (1966), 326: “As you have heard too often, man is the only animal that fouls its own nest. One of the major accomplishments of civilization has been to bring that fouling process to a high degree of perfection. We foul the air we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat, the land we stand on, the landscape we look at, and the minds we think with.” Webmaster notes the similarity to an English proverb in use at least as early as 1839 concerning criticism of speech or social actions: “It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.” See example in 'Craven' (ed.), The Sporting Review (Aug 1839), 132. (There may be an early example of Lewis Mumford using the subject quote. If you know it, please contact Webmaster.)
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What a strange creature man is that he fouls his own nest.
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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