“All that water and nothing can happen to it.  The ocean is one thing people can’t harm.  They can cross it in ships, or fly over it, but they can’t leave any lasting impression on it.  They plow up land and the wind blows it away, they chop down forests and mountainsides erode, but they can’t do anything to the ocean.  A big storm comes along and after it’s over, the water is the same again.  It is the one savage and primitive thing left in nature.”

November Grass, written by Judy Van der Veer, first printing 1940.