Music in Nature

Poems & Quotes

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. ~ Thomas Carlyle
NGC 6302 (credit NASA and STScI) "Butterfly Nebula" NGC 6302 (credit NASA and STScI)
All matter is involved in a continual cosmic dance...
All particles sing their ‘song,’
producing rhythmic patterns of energy. ~ Fritjof Capra
Whether the cosmos is represented as a musical scale as in ancient times, or as the modern sonic and electromagnetic spectrum, they both depict a universe based on vibration. ~ Michael S. Schneider
The deep truth about matter... is that, over the course of four billion years, molten rocks transformed themselves into monarch butterflies, blue herons, and the exalted music of Mozart. ~ Brian Swimme
Pry open the thin lid and find a crystalline intelligence inside, a rayed and sidereal beauty. Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetical flowers. They lengthened and spread, adding plane to plane in awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even the stones - maybe only the stones - understood. ~ Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. ~ Pythagoras
Go inside a stone. That would be my way.
Let someone else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.
From the outside the stone is a riddle;
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river,
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where fishes come to knock on it
And listen.
I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed.
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere.
As though behind a hill ~
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.
~ Charles Simic