The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Godfrey St. Peter, in The Professor's House, book I, ch. VIII (1925).
The professor is surprised to discover that his wife, too, has suffered from the emotional distance that has arisen between them.)
It was a remarkable kind of light to steer for,daylight seen through a vista in the forest,but visible as far as an ordinary beacon at night.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 202, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 55, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)