“Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. … For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, … living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

~ Henry Beston, “A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod”