Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887) was an English novelist, essayist, and naturalist. Growing up on a small farm in Wiltshire, he spent much of his early years in the countryside. He left school at the age of fifteen and by the age of eighteen began working as a reporter for the North Wiltshire Herald. Although many of his works found their base in his observations of nature, they still covered a diverse range of topics. Three such examples are Bevis (1882), a children’s book; After London (1885), a fantasy novel; and The Story of My Heart (1883), his spiritual autobiography.
Quotes by Richard Jefferies…
The friction of a thousand interests evolves a condition of electricity in which men are moved to and fro without considering their steps. Yet the agitated pool of life is stonily indifferent, the thought is absent or preoccupied, for it is evident that the mass are unconscious of the scene in which they act.
No thought which I have ever had has satisfied my soul.
Begin wholly afresh.
There is an immense ocean over which the mind can sail, upon which the vessel of thought has not yet been launched… Let us haul it over the belt of land, launch on the ocean, and sail outwards. There is much beyond all that has ever yet been imagined.