Grass

“As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea…And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running.”
-Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)

“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”-
-Thomas Jefferson

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”
-Walt Whitman

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge.”
-Thomas Edison

“Grass is the forgiveness of nature - her constant benediction. Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is immortal.”
-Brian Ingalls

“The prairie is sometimes called a sea of grass-a metaphor that points to the endless green expanse and the wavelike motion of the grasses.”
-Verlyn Klinkenborg, National Geographic Magazine, April 2007, reprinted in Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal (2012) page 12

“When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.”
-Cecil Selig

[on Roots]   "Imagine the prairie upside down—the leaves and stems growing downward into the soil and the roots of all these species growing skyward. You are suddenly walking through a dense, tenacious thicket of roots. The horizon is gone because you are over ears in plant fibers, some spreading and slender, some tall, with strange bulbous growths on them. It is as though you were walking through a forest of veins and capillaries, each species finding a different niche—a different height, a different strategy—in the competition for resources.”
-Verlyn Klinkenborg, National Geographic Magazine, April 2007, reprinted in Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal (2012) page 16

“It [grass] yields no fruit in earth or air, and yet should its harvest fail for a single year famine would depopulate the world…The primary form of food is grass. Grass feeds the ox; the ox nourishes man; man dies and goes to grass again; and so the tide of life, with everlasting repetition, in continuous circles, moves endlessly on and upward, and in more senses than one, all flesh is grass.” 
-James Ingalls, Kansas Senator (1873-1891)

“God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.”
-Edna St. Vincent Millay

“All flesh is grass.”
-Isaiah 40:6

"In all my life, I never saw or dreamed of so beautiful a sight as the rolling prairies. Nothing can equal the surpassing beauty of the rounded swells and the sunny hollows, the brilliant green of the grass, the numberless varieties and splendid hues of multitudes of flowers. I gazed in admiration too strong for words."
Ellen Bigelow 1835, quoted in Chicago Wilderness Atlas of Biodiversity