„Rilke wrote: 'These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.“

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To keep it safe and sound.The poor thing can't grow any more
Though if it could it would for sure.
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Not of woods only and the shade of trees.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
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„Sitting too long produces trees.“

—  Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
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