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all quotes by Diane Ackerman (9)

"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake . . . another, hours of passion on a moonlit beach . . . a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a midwestern town."

A Natural History of the Senses | january 1990

"Chocoholics don't crave potato chips and pasta; they crave chocolate. Substitutes in any combination won't do."

A Natural History of the Senses | june 1990

"Words are small shapes in the gorgeous chaos of the world."

A Natural History of the Senses | september 1991

"I write about nature and human nature. And most often about that twilight zone where the two meet and have something they can teach each other."

at play with Diane Ackerman | august 1999

"I see nature as including everything that is made. The technological wilderness of cities."

at play with Diane Ackerman | august 1999

"I think it's very important, though, that caregivers know that caregiving is hard and that you really have to give yourself a break, give yourself room to breathe and breathe deeply."

Diane Ackerman: "One Hundred Names for Love" | april 13, 2011

"My hair is not a hairdo. It's more of a weather system."

Diane Ackerman: "One Hundred Names for Love" | april 13, 2011

"Our relationship with nature is evolving, rapidly but incrementally, and at times so subtly that we don’t perceive the sonic booms, literally or metaphorically."

The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us | september 2014

"Our relationship with nature has changed radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable."

The Human Age | september 2014
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