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Quotations: Nature

I am at two with nature.
Woody Allen

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
Anon

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.
Anon

All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
Aristotle

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly.
Aristotle

No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature.
Aristotle

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Francis Bacon

Nature means Necessity.
Philip James Bailey

A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers.
Honore de Balzac

Look at nature with science as a lens. The rock swarms, the clod dances; the mineral is but the vegetable stepping down, and the animal an ascending plant; the man, a beast extended; and the angel, a developed human soul.
Cyrus Augustus Bartol

What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge!
Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.
Saint Bernard

Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Bible

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Bible

Nature is the most thrifty thing in the world; she never wastes anything; she undergoes change, but there's no annihilation, the essence remains--matter is eternal.
Thomas Binney

Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Rich with the spoils of nature.
Sir Thomas Browne

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
Edmund Burke

You know what's interesting about Washington? It's the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.
George W. Bush

Nature is a burning and frigid, transparent and limited universe in which nothing is possible but everything is given.
Albert Camus

Thou fool! Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom; that idle crag thou sittest on is six thousand years of age.
Thomas Carlyle

What is nature? Art thou not the living government of God? O Heaven, is it in very deed He then that ever speaks through thee,--that lives and loves in thee, that lives and loves in me?
Thomas Carlyle

The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place him under the influence of the earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.
Rachel L. Carson

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.
Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to and answered by the living soul of man.
Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Nature, the vicar of the Almighty Lord.
Geoffrey Chaucer

Not without art, but yet to Nature true.
Charles Churchill

I follow nature as the surest guide, and resign myself with implicit obedience to her sacred ordinances.
Cicero

All argument will vanish before one touch of nature.
George Colman

Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.
William Cowper

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature cannot be surprised in undress. Beauty breaks in everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
Evan Esar

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
Richard Feynman

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
R. Buckminster Fuller

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Stephen Hawking

It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.
Randy K. Milholland

You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
Mark Twain

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire

In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself - nature does it for you.
Frank Wilczek

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
Oscar Wilde

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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