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Came across this quote while sorting through lesson samples in my
studio. I use this when I coordinate lessons with the third grade
curriculum on water. It is attributed to daVinci, translated from Italian.
"Water is the driver of nature...So one might say
that it changes into as many natures as are the
different places through which it passes.
And as the mirror changes with
the color of its objects so this changes with the
nature of the place where it passes: health-giving,
harmful, laxative, astringent, sulphurous, salt,
sanguine, depressed, raging, angry, red, yellow,
green, black, blue, oily, thick, thin.
Now it brings a confligration, then it extinguishes;
is warm and is cold; now it carries away, then it
sets down, now it hollows out, then it raises up,
now it tears down, then it establishes,
now it fills up and then it empties,
now it rises and then it deepens, now it speeds
and then lies still...now it nourishes and
and then does the contrary, now it is salt and
then is without savor...With time everything changes
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
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