Fred Varley to Ethel Varley, May 14th, 1914

"There's a small party of us here, the young school, just 5 or 6 of us and we are all working to one big end. We are endeavouring to knock out of us all the preconceived ideas, emptying ourselves of everything except that nature is here in all its greatness, and we are here to gather it and understand it if only we will be clean enough, healthy enough and humble enough to go to it willing to be taught, and receive it not as we think it should be, but as it is, and then to put down vigorously and truthfully that which we have culled."

Fred Varley to Ethel Varley, May 14th, 1914 (Reid, The Group of Seven, 66)