“Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey. Travel /movement through space /provided the universal metaphor for change. One of the subtle confusions /perhaps one of the secret terrors /of modern life is that we have lost this refuge. No longer do we move through space as we once did.”
“It's simpler to prove whether the wetland is adjacent to the stream or not, and then if he applies for a permit you can decide whether the impacts of his wetland on the stream are significant enough that he should or should not get a permit.”
“How can you see something that isn't there?' yawned the Humbug, who wasn't fully awake yet.
'Sometimes it's much simpler than seeing things that are,' he said. 'For instance, if something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn't there, you can just as easily see it with your eyes closed.”