Do not say that nature has become a step-mother. Do not think that God has turned away his fruitful gaze from the earth. This earth is always the good nursing-mother who only asks to help man; though sterile and ungracious on the surface, she loves him underneath. But it is man who loves no longer, man who is the enemy of man. The curse that bears upon him is his own, that of selfishness and injustice, the weight of an unjust society.
— MICHELET, History of the French Revolution, Introduction, Part II., Sec. 3.