From The Still Room – Book from 1903:
“There is no occupation that comes nearer to the work of gods than this occupation of distilling.
By the application of fire, the purest of the elements, we separate from gross, substantial bodies those subtle essences which alone gave them distinction and charm.
The distiller can but smile at the impotence of those who are unable to conceive the possibility of a post-physical human existence, for, day by day, as he stands before his stills, he sees the miracle performed whereby the spiritual, the essential, is separated and continues to exist apart from the material body in which it previously dwelt.
The work is worthy of fine natures, and should be undertaken with a mind full of reverence.”