Quotes from A Return to the Sea by Anne M. Johnson:
“To me there is something completely and satisfyingly restful in that stretch of sea and sand, sea and sand, sea and sand and sky – complete peace, complete fulfillment.” – says the beach.
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasure shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith.” – says the channeled whelk.
“Every person, especially every woman, should be alone sometime during the year, some part during the week, and each day…the core, the inner spring, can be re-found through solitude.” – says the moon shell.
“One learns to accept that no permanent return is possible to an old form of relationship; and, more deeply still, that there is no holding of a relationship to a single form. This is not tragedy but part of the ever-recurrent miracle of life and growth. All living relationships are in the process of change, of expansion, and must perpetually be building themselves new forms.” – says the double sunrise shell.
“One tries to cure the signs of growth, to exorcise them as if they were devils, when really they may be angels of annunciation.” – says the oyster shell.
“A pattern of freedom…a natural balance of physical, intellectual and social life…the joy of living in the moment…Once cannot dance well unless one is completely in time with the music…poised directly on the present step it comes.” – say the Argonaut shell.