Quotes

“The tree is something new at every moment: we assert form because we are incapable of perceiving the most precise absolute movement.”

(Friedrich Nietzsche Sämtliche Werke 9, 1980, p. 554, quoted in Elaine P. Miller, The Vegetative Soul. From Philosophy of Nature to Subjectivity in the Feminine. New York: State University of New York Press 2002, p.81.)

“To act as if the world beyond humans is composed of ‘things’ for human use is a catastrophic assault on the diversity, complexity, abundance, and beauty of life.”

(Deborah Bird Rose, “Shimmer: When All You Love is Being Trashed” in Tsing A., Swanson H., Gan E. & Bubandt N. (eds) Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2017, p. G55)

“Goethe believes that the only way a human being can have access to the truth of nature was by letting nature imprint itself on the human body.”

(Elaine P. Miller, The Vegetative Soul. From Philosophy of Nature to Subjectivity in the Feminine. New York: State University of New York Press 2002, p.73.)

“…the tree is the epitome of a plant. The tree resides over my plant contract.”

(Prudence Gibson, The Plant Contract. Art’s Return to Vegetal Life. Leiden, Boston: Brill / Rodopi 2018, 163.)

“I guess I’m trying to subjectify the universe, because look where objectifying it has gotten us.”

(Ursula K. Le Guin, “Deep in Admiration” in Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt (eds.) Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2017, 16.)

”Although semiosis is something more than energetics and materiality, all sign processes eventually ’do things’ in the world, and this is an important part of what makes them alive.”

(Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think. Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. University of California Press 2013, p.34.)

“From my point of view, he can be called a remarkable man who stands out from those around him by the resourcefulness of his mind, and who knows how to be restrained in the manifestations which proceed from his nature, at the same time conducting himself justly and tolerantly towards the weaknesses of other.”

(George Ivanocivh Gurdjieff, Meetings With Remarkable Men. Penguin Compass, 2002, p.31)

“One of the ways we can learn to appreciate just how the trees are watching us is to begin to vegetalise our sensoria, reworking our perceptions with planty attentions.” 

(Natasha Myers, “Are the Trees Watching us?” Q/A Spike Art Magazine #65 Autumn 2020 )

“Nowhere in healthy life do you find unlimited, linear growth. Rather you find bounded growth embedded within a context, and you find regulated processes of death and decay that accompany any growth process”

(Craig Holdrege, Thinking Like a Plant, Lindisfarne Books 2013, p 21.)

“Carbon dioxide plus water combined in the presence of light and chlorophyll in the beautiful membrane-bound machinery of life yields sugar and oxygen. [–] Sugar combined with oxygen in the beautiful membrane-bound machinery of life called the mitochondria yields us right back were we began – carbon dioxide and water.”

(Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, UK: Penguin Random House 2020, orig 2013, p. 344)

“… every day we feed off the gaseous excretions of plants. We couldn’t live but off the life of others.”

(Emanuele Coccia, The Life of Plants. A Metaphysics of Mixture. Trans. Dylan J. Montanari. Polity Press 2019, p 47.)

“We don’t think about urban violence as an extension of environmental violence, but these anxieties are linked.”

(Felling Light by Amaud Jamaul Johnson in Emergence Magazine Issue 7 – Trees)

“Every tree has a unique DNA identity, termed (with some anthropomorphic arrogance) a ’fingerprint’.”

(Lucy Davis, ”Animation, Animism… Dukun Dukun and DNA” in Giovanni Aloi (ed.) Why Look at Plants? Leiden, Boston: Brill Rodopi 2018, p. 81-88.)