Quotes About Nature

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

— Pedro Calderon de la Barca

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

— Anais Nin

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

— Albert Einstein

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

— e. e. cummings

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

— Abraham Lincoln

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

— Dale Carnegie

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

— Albert Camus

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

— Helen Keller

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

— Socrates

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.

— Moliere

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

— John Ruskin

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

— Henri Matisse

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

— Winston Churchill

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

— Khalil Gibran

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

— William Wordsworth

The good man is the friend of all living things.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.

— William Shakespeare

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.

— Helen Keller

Earth laughs in flowers.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

— William Shakespeare

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

— Albert Camus

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

— Aristotle

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.

— Aristotle

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

— Carl Sagan

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

— Lou Holtz

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

— Henry David Thoreau

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.

— Leo Buscaglia

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

— Robin Williams

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

— Anthony J. D’Angelo

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

— Henry David Thoreau

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.

— George Bernard Shaw

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.

— Thomas Merton

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.

— Carl Reiner

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

— Martin Luther

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

— John Burroughs

The mountains are calling and I must go.

— John Muir

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

— Rabindranath Tagore

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

— George Washington Carver

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

— Langston Hughes

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

— Edward Abbey

It is not light that we need, but fire it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

— Frederick Douglass

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

— John Lubbock

Birds sing after a storm why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?

— Rose Kennedy

When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.

— Vincent Van Gogh

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

— George Eliot

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

— Marcus Aurelius

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

— George Washington Carver

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

— Galileo Galilei

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

— John Lubbock

Don’t knock the weather nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.

— Kin Hubbard

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

— Walt Whitman

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.

— e. e. cummings

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?

— E. M. Forster

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

— Walt Whitman

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.

— Alice Walker

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

— Samuel Butler

I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.

— Bertrand Russell

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

— Walt Whitman

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

— Roger Miller

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

— Rabindranath Tagore

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

— John Muir

Everything is blooming most recklessly if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.

— Victor Hugo

As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree,’ probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.

— Woody Allen

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.

— H. G. Wells

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

— Orison Swett Marden

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.

— Ambrose Bierce

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.

— Orison Swett Marden

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

— Toni Morrison

I am two with nature.

— Woody Allen

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

— Tennessee Williams

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.

— Albert Schweitzer

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

— Satchel Paige

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

— Jane Austen

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.

— Anton Chekhov

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.

— William Hazlitt

Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’

— Robert Byrne

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

— E. B. White

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

— Emily Dickinson

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

— Francis Bacon

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

— John Keats

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

— Emily Dickinson

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

— George Santayana

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

— Marshall McLuhan

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

— Russell Baker

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

— Thomas Browne

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.

— Jules Verne

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

— Charles Lindbergh

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

— Francis Bacon

It is written on the arched sky it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

— John Ruskin

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

— Hal Borland

Land really is the best art.

— Andy Warhol

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.

— Ansel Adams

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

— Langston Hughes

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.

— John Burroughs

Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.

— Annie Leibovitz

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

— Gustave Flaubert

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

— Doug Larson

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.

— Carl Sandburg

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.

— Dag Hammarskjold

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

— Robert Green Ingersoll

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

— Hal Borland

I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.

— Edward Steichen

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

— John Muir

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

— Jimmy Carter

And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch’d by the thorns.

— Thomas Moore

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.

— Anne Bronte

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

— Hans Christian Anderson

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.

— Jules Verne

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.

— Pam Brown

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

— Gerard De Nerval

Swans sing before they die – ’twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

— Walter Scott

Nature is wont to hide herself.

— Heraclitus

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

— Edward Abbey

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.

— Rupert Brooke

Birds have wings they’re free they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.

— Roger Tory Peterson

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.

— Hal Borland

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

— Havelock Ellis

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.

— Jean Paul

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.

— Ruth Bernhard

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

— Wallace Stevens

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

— Willa Cather

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.

— Saint Basil

Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared.

— Geraldo Rivera

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.

— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.

— Sandra Day O’Connor

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.

— Wendell Berry

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.

— Joseph Conrad

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.

— Diane Ackerman

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

— Claude Monet

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.

— Wendell Berry

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.

— Cyril Connolly

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

— Iris Murdoch

Nothing is so beautiful as spring – when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.

— Gerard Manley Hopkins

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.

— Mao Zedong

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

— Wallace Stevens

Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children’s faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.

— Sara Teasdale

There’s always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.

— Don DeLillo

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.

— John Fowles

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.

— Jean Giraudoux

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.

— William Ellery Channing

There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.

— Annie Dillard

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.

— Hamlin Garland

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.

— Georges Simenon

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries no man can ignore all of them.

— Aldo Leopold

I’m very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.

— Norman MacCaig

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There’s something very powerful about finding snow in summer.

— Andy Goldsworthy

Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.

— Antonio Porchia

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.

— Theodore Roethke

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.

— David Gerrold

There is no forgiveness in nature.

— Ugo Betti

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.

— Izaak Walton

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

— Robert Wilson Lynd

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.

— Hal Boyle

The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.

— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.

— Gilbert White

Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in December, the aromatic groves appeared in full bloom.

— William Bartram

My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view.

— William Bartram

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.

— James Whitcomb Riley

The groves were God’s first temples.

— William C. Bryant

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.

— Eric Berne

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.

— Hamlin Garland

We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways.

— Clarence Day

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.

— Joyce Kilmer

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.

— P. D. James

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.

— Hamlin Garland

Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it’s like that, then I want out.

— Steven Weinberg

People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature’s memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely.

— Henry Cantwell Wallace

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

— Ingrid Bergman

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.

— Mother Teresa

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

— Thomas Jefferson

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

— Helen Keller

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

— Albert Einstein

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.

— Albert Einstein

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

— Albert Einstein

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

— Albert Einstein

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.

— Albert Einstein

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

— Benjamin Franklin

God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.

— Marcus Garvey

A peace is of the nature of a conquest for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

— William Shakespeare

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

— Marcus Aurelius

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.

— Marilyn Monroe

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

— Aristotle

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

— Anne Frank

Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.

— Mahatma Gandhi

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

— Henry David Thoreau

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

— C. S. Lewis

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.

— Mahatma Gandhi

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

— C. S. Lewis

Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

— William Shakespeare

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

— Lao Tzu

All men by nature desire knowledge.

— Aristotle

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.

— Benjamin Franklin

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

— Plato

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

— John Muir

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.

— Benjamin Britten

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.

— John Adams

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

— Voltaire

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

— John Muir

I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet.

— Joan Jett

We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature hates calculators.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is by nature a political animal.

— Aristotle

Nature does nothing in vain.

— Aristotle

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.

— Aristotle

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

— Henry David Thoreau

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

— Aristotle

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

— Aristotle

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

He who can be, and therefore is, another’s, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.

— Aristotle

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Nature is not human hearted.

— Lao Tzu

It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.

— Lao Tzu

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’

— Edgar Allan Poe

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

— Joseph Campbell

You may make some mistakes – but that doesn’t make you a sinner. You’ve got the very nature of God on the inside of you.

— Joel Osteen

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.

— Henry David Thoreau

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.

— Voltaire

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.

— Henry David Thoreau

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.

— Henry David Thoreau

What is human warfare but just this an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.

— Henry David Thoreau

To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.

— Henry David Thoreau

Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?

— Henry David Thoreau

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

— John Muir

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.

— Henry David Thoreau

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.

— Henry Ward Beecher

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

— Henry David Thoreau

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.

— Henry David Thoreau

I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.

— Bob Dylan

External nature is only internal nature writ large.

— Swami Vivekananda

Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.

— Tom Hanks

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

— Plato

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

— Plato

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

— Henry Ward Beecher

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.

— Albert Camus

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

— Coco Chanel

The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.

— Eric Hoffer

But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

My nature just changes.

— Jimi Hendrix

I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.

— Jimi Hendrix

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

— George Santayana

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

— William Blake

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

— Voltaire

We are all full of weakness and errors let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.

— Voltaire

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.

— Sai Baba

I think I have a dualistic nature.

— Bob Dylan

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

— John D. Rockefeller

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.

— Plato

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.

— Salvador Dali

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.

— Walt Whitman

Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.

— Henry Norris Russell

It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.

— Plato

Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.

— Napoleon Hill

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

— William James

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

— Charles Darwin

Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel. These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects. Their precise nature is anyone’s guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation.

— Warren Buffett

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.

— Jose Marti

Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.

— Sai Baba

When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic.

— Barack Obama

I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.

— Walt Disney

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

— Epictetus

All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.

— Walt Disney

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.

— Marcus Aurelius

In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

— Charles Dickens

I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It’s a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure.

— Danielle Dax

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.

— Marcus Aurelius

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.

— Marcus Aurelius

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.

— Marcus Aurelius

Water is the driving force of all nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci

You can’t just let nature run wild.

— Walt Disney

Nature has always had more force than education.

— Voltaire

If you look deep enough you will see music the heart of nature being everywhere music.

— Thomas Carlyle

Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.

— Marcus Aurelius

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.

— Marcus Aurelius

The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.

— Erich Fromm

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

— Joseph Addison

I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble in a statue the marble must be like flesh.

— Victor Hugo

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

— Aldous Huxley

According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself and can never be erased.

— Alexander Hamilton

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.

— Henry Ward Beecher

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

— Alexander Hamilton

To feel much for others and little for ourselves to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.

— Adam Smith

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

— Patrick Henry

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

— Leo Tolstoy

There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.

— Clint Eastwood

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

— Victor Hugo

We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

— Leonardo da Vinci

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.

— William James

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.

— Leonardo da Vinci

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

— Soren Kierkegaard

All art is but imitation of nature.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

— Henry Ward Beecher

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

For greed all nature is too little.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

— Saint Augustine

Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune all these are names of the one and selfsame God.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.

— Lord Byron

Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.

— Victor Hugo

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

— Alexander Hamilton

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.

— Victor Hugo

It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.

— Karl Marx

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.

— Charles Dickens

Human nature is not of itself vicious.

— Thomas Paine

But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.

— Thomas Paine

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature.

— Niels Bohr

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.

— Jose Ortega y Gasset

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

— Ambrose Bierce

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

— Samuel Johnson

It’s our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people.

— Carrot Top

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

— Washington Irving

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.

— Phillips Brooks

I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.

— Billy Corgan

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

— Edmund Burke

I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.

— Neil Armstrong

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.

— Vincent Van Gogh

Nature never breaks her own laws.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

— Stanislaw Lec

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.

— Vincent Van Gogh

In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.

— Alan Watts

Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.

— Woody Allen

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

— Francis Bacon

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.

— Alice Walker

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.

— William Wordsworth

It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.

— Sigmund Freud

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

— William Wordsworth

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.

— Blaise Pascal

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

— E. O. Wilson

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.

— Edmund Burke

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

To insult someone we call him ‘bestial. For deliberate cruelty and nature, ‘human’ might be the greater insult.

— Isaac Asimov

Of all nature’s gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Two things control men’s nature, instinct and experience.

— Blaise Pascal

Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.

— Blaise Pascal

Our nature consists in motion complete rest is death.

— Blaise Pascal

Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.

— Blaise Pascal

Nature seems at each man’s birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.

— George MacDonald

What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!

— Charles Darwin

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments there are consequences.

— Robert Green Ingersoll

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.

— Orison Swett Marden

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours.

— Rudyard Kipling

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.

— Margaret Mead

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.

— Harry Crews

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.

— Samuel Adams

A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.

— Margaret Cavendish

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

— Blaise Pascal

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.

— Blaise Pascal

Custom is our nature. What are our natural principles but principles of custom?

— Blaise Pascal

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.

— Samuel Butler

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

— Edmund Burke

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.

— William Wordsworth

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.

— Aleister Crowley

The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.

— Charles Dickens

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another but women are by nature enemies.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman’s quality.

— Pierre Corneille

Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else.

— Blaise Pascal

Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.

— Bernard Meltzer

Nature abhors annihilation.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.

— Richard Dawkins

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.

— John Paul Jones

Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.

— Alan King

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.

— Benjamin Disraeli

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.

— George Eliot

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

— Francis Bacon

I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.

— James Dean

Race hate isn’t human nature race hate is the abandonment of human nature.

— Orson Welles

Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself.

— Leo Tolstoy

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.

— Honore de Balzac

What is art? Nature concentrated.

— Honore de Balzac

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

— Richard P. Feynman

I love not man the less, but Nature more.

— Lord Byron

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer.

— John Keats

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.

— Karl Von Clausewitz

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.

— Honore de Balzac

The world is too much with us late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.

— William Wordsworth

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.

— Thomas Aquinas

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.

— Thomas Huxley

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.

— Paul Cezanne

I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.

— Sidney Sheldon

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

— Thomas Huxley

Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

Americans are apocalyptic by nature. The reason why is that we’ve always had so much, so we live in deadly fear that people are going to take it away from us.

— Stephen King

Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art.

— Virginia Woolf

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Take a course in good water and air and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone no harm will befall you.

— John Muir

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

— John Ruskin

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.

— John Keats

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

— Max Planck

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.

— Fran Lebowitz

Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave it is not in his nature.

— Laurence Sterne

The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.

— John Ruskin

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.

— Richard M. Nixon

We need a government, alas, because of the nature of humans.

— P. J. O’Rourke

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.

— Stephen Hawking

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.

— Francis Bacon

Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.

— Fran Lebowitz

Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.

— Calvin Coolidge

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

— May Sarton

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.

— Anatole France

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

— Anatole France

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

— Francis Bacon

Painting from nature is not copying the object it is realizing one’s sensations.

— Paul Cezanne

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.

— Samuel Johnson

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.

— Alexander Pope

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge… observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts reflection combines them experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

— Denis Diderot

A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.

— Alexander Pope

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.

— John Muir

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.

— Franz Kafka

Nature never deceives us it is we who deceive ourselves.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

— Samuel Johnson

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.

— Max Beerbohm

I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.

— Neil Young

All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.

— Alexander Pope

The learned is happy, nature to explore The fool is happy, that he knows no more.

— Alexander Pope

Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!

— Alexander Pope

It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

— Virginia Woolf

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.

— Ansel Adams

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

— Alexander Pope

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

— Richard P. Feynman

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.

— Henry Miller

If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you don’t bother your head about it.

— Michel de Montaigne

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.

— Miriam Makeba

Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.

— Galileo Galilei

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.

— Marcel Proust

Man is by nature competitive, combative, ambitious, jealous, envious, and vengeful.

— Arthur Keith

You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she’ll be constantly running back.

— Horace

When man lives under government, he is fallen, his worth is gone, and his nature tarnished.

— Adam Weishaupt

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

— James Madison

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.

— Michel de Montaigne

Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.

— Michel de Montaigne

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.

— Mason Cooley

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.

— Henry A. Kissinger

It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.

— Desiderius Erasmus

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.

— Henry Beston

Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall.

— Helen Garner

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature’s God.

— Alexander Pope

Extremes in nature equal ends produce In man they join to some mysterious use.

— Alexander Pope

Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

— Alexander Pope

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don’t need an enemy.

— Kurt Vonnegut

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.

— E. M. Forster

‘Healing,’ Papa would tell me, ‘is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.’

— W. H. Auden

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

— Garrison Keillor

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.

— Desiderius Erasmus

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.

— Marie Curie

If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other’s nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.

— Havelock Ellis

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.

— Deepak Chopra

Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.

— Paul Ryan

I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.

— Richard Russo

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.

— Jane Austen

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

— Jane Austen

Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature – and another woman to help him forget them.

— Helen Rowland

Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.

— Mason Cooley

A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.

— Franz Liszt

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.

— W. Somerset Maugham

Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.

— Al Gore

Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture and very much to our credit.

— Thomas Huxley

If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work it is an indication on Nature’s part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.

— Thomas Huxley

If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

I think politicians get hamstrung by the nature of politics when the private sector can really do great things.

— Henry Rollins

Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.

— Xun Zi

I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse’s good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

— Eric Hoffer

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.

— Dante Alighieri

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.

— Elizabeth I

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.

— Ansel Adams

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.

— David Herbert Lawrence

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature and the error is ineradicable.

— W. Somerset Maugham

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

— Sophocles

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

— Joseph Addison

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.

— Joseph Addison

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.

— Joseph Addison

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.

— Joseph Addison

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

— Hippocrates

Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient.

— Thomas Aquinas

You don’t have to call it God or Jesus. That’s religious humbug to a lot of people, but you’ve gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.

— Jack LaLanne

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

I think that in today’s world, by nature, we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness.

— Gary Chapman

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.

— William Hazlitt

Gossip is nature’s telephone.

— Sholom Aleichem

Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

— H. G. Wells

By nature’s kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man’s power to answer do not occur to him at all.

— George Santayana

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.

— Arnold J. Toynbee

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.

— Joseph Addison

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.

— Joseph Addison

Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.

— Marquis de Sade

The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.

— Alfred Adler

The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.

— William Hazlitt

The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.

— William Hazlitt

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.

— William Hazlitt

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

— Werner Heisenberg

Corruption is nature’s way of restoring our faith in democracy.

— Peter Ustinov

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.

— Michelangelo

There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself in no wise hath she need of an author.

— Marquis de Sade

By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.

— Thomas Aquinas

I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.

— Julius Caesar

But human nature dictates that there will always be cheaters. That’s inevitable. Where there’s money involved and glory, there are going to be people that cheat, and there will always be ways to cheat.

— David Millar

I’m very competitive by nature. And I like to be the underdog – It’s the best way to win. To come from behind and win is a great feeling!

— Zac Efron

Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.

— Franz Kafka

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.

— Thomas Hobbes

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.

— Sophocles

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.

— Laurence J. Peter

My illness has taught me something about the nature of humanity, love, brotherhood and relationships that I never understood, and probably never would have. So, from that standpoint, there is some truth and good in everything.

— Lee Atwater

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.

— Zora Neale Hurston

The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.

— Paul Cezanne

Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.

— George W. Bush

Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.

— Tertullian

All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.

— Frances Wright

Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault.

— Joseph Smith, Jr.

Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature’s mandates.

— Marquis de Sade

The more intense the nature of a man, the more readily will he find meditation, and the more successfully will he practice it.

— James Allen

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

— Jimmy Carter

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.

— Desmond Tutu

Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and most unaccountable of all the phenomena with which we are obliged to live. In all of nature, there is nothing so threatening to humanity as humanity itself.

— Lewis Thomas

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.

— Paul Cezanne

I think what made it difficult for people to get, and still makes it difficult for people to get, is the theatrical nature of the work and the fact that, my music doesn’t exist without the performance-art element.

— Lady Gaga

Look, when you’re the president, there’s all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it’s just the nature of the job.

— George W. Bush

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.

— Friedrich Schiller

If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression.

— Edward Hopper

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

— Tennessee Williams

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.

— Standing Bear

Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.

— Ovid

Man was nature’s mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.

— Eric Hoffer

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

— Alex Noble

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best for that we must have recourse to art.

— Baltasar Gracian

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.

— David Herbert Lawrence

Nature is one great big wood-chipper. Sooner or later, everything shoots out the other end in a spray of blood, bones and hair.

— Doug Coupland

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.

— Edward Hopper

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature’s phenomena before it can again become great.

— Edward Hopper

There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.

— Edward Hopper

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

— George Byron

Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.

— Jonathan Swift

The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we’re looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird.

— William Shatner

Beauty is our weapon against nature by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.

— Camille Paglia

I’m aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.

— Isabel Allende

There’s an easygoing nature that comes with a perspective of things that aren’t as important as we make them sometimes.

— Marguerite Moreau

Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

The right of nature… is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature that is to say, of his own life.

— Thomas Hobbes

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.

— Lord Chesterfield

Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.

— John Dewey

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

— Antonio Gaudi

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

— Eleanora Duse

In athletics there’s always been a willingness to cheat if it looks like you’re not cheating. I think that’s just a quirk of human nature.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.

— Dave Barry

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.

— Noam Chomsky

I’m definitely a Polaroid camera girl. For me, what I’m really excited about is bringing back the artistry and the nature of Polaroid.

— Lady Gaga

Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man.

— Nikita Khrushchev

It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.

— Frank B. Kellogg

The elusive nature of love… it can be such a fleeting thing. You see it there and it’s just fluttering and it’s gone.

— Mick Jagger

In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I’m always going to feel everything. It’s my nature.

— Taylor Swift

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!

— Oliver Goldsmith

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters… and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.

— Paul Cezanne

Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.

— Paul Cezanne

We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.

— Paul Cezanne

I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.

— Paul Cezanne

There are unknown forces in nature when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.

— Auguste Rodin

The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.

— John Stuart Mill

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.

— Fay Weldon

I’m experimental by nature… always exploring my creativity.

— Christina Aguilera

Life is the power that’s greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature – that makes me humble.

— Michael J. Fox

It is unfair to blame man too fiercely for being pugnacious he learned the habit from Nature.

— Christopher Morley

The willow is my favorite tree. I grew up near one. It’s the most flexible tree in nature and nothing can break it – no wind, no elements, it can bend and withstand anything.

— Pink

Stupidity is something unshakable nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.

— Gustave Flaubert

I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature and that man will be myself.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nature… is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.

— Charles Baudelaire

Tears are nature’s lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.

— Christian Nestell Bovee

Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.

— William Cowper

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.

— William Cowper

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nature is perfect.

— William Shatner

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west’s stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art’s assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.

— Camille Paglia

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.

— Marquis de Sade

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one of Nature’s greatest healers.

— Ellsworth Huntington

Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light every eye, looking on, finds its own.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That’s the nature of America, I think.

— Jerry Garcia

Great art picks up where nature ends.

— Marc Chagall

Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.

— Aeschylus

Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.

— Larry Wilcox

When I’m off the road, my husband and I recharge our batteries. It’s a day of deep rest and connection with the spiritual, and that can be anything – going for a walk in nature, being in silence, burning incense.

— Alanis Morissette

Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.

— William Ames

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

— Richard P. Feynman

As in nature, as in art, so in grace it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster.

— Thomas Guthrie

The wit makes fun of other persons the satirist makes fun of the world the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people – that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.

— James Thurber

Zoos are becoming facsimiles – or perhaps caricatures – of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.

— Michael J. Fox

Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.

— Gustave Flaubert

But I’m a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I’m going to make something out of it.

— Maynard James Keenan

It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.

— Elvis Presley

I mean, if a person acts irresponsibly in his own life, he will pay the consequences. And it’s not so much divine retribution as it’s built into the law of nature.

— Pat Robertson

We must return to nature and nature’s god.

— Luther Burbank

No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.

— Denis Diderot

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

— Claude Monet

Ayurveda is a sister philosophy to yoga. It is the science of life or longevity and it teaches about the power and the cycles of nature, as well as the elements.

— Christy Turlington

If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.

— John B. S. Haldane

If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one’s sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one’s identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow.

— Jon Meacham

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.

— Camille Paglia

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.

— Alfred Austin

Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature.

— Bodhidharma

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.

— Will Durant

Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.

— Andrew Bernstein

It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.

— Max Beerbohm

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.

— Adam Smith

It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.

— David Bailey

Italians know about human nature – they understand human nature perhaps better than anyone else does. They know that people are weak and greedy and lazy and dishonest and they just try to make the best of it to work around it.

— Donna Leon

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

— Umberto Eco

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature.

— Thorstein Veblen

Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?

— Charles Baudelaire

Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.

— Charles Baudelaire

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.

— Auguste Rodin

To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.

— Auguste Rodin

Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature.

— Zhuangzi

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.

— Christian Nestell Bovee

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

— Eleonora Duse

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.

— Dennis Prager

People must help one another it is nature’s law.

— Jean de La Fontaine

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.

— Alphonse de Lamartine

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.

— Marquis de Sade

The primary and most beautiful of Nature’s qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only.

— Marquis de Sade

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.

— Alan Kay

I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide.

— Emily Bronte

People who don’t see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.

— Bodhidharma

Becoming emancipated at 14, my life wasn’t normal. I didn’t have to go to school, so I didn’t. I was rebellious by nature. I spent my 20s focusing on my company, Flower Films, and producing movies. Now that I’m almost 30, I would like to try other things in lie. I’m crazy about photography, and I want to take an art history class.

— Drew Barrymore

I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it’s so relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. I mean, there’s no noise other than nature – and it’s so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.

— Tiger Woods

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

— Wendell Berry

There’s something in human nature, the trying-to-get-on-with-it quality of people, the struggle to maintain or keep the show going can be exhausting.

— Greg Kinnear

Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate the subject matters.

— Pope Paul VI

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.

— Gertrude Stein

An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

— Henri Matisse

Human intelligence may not be the best trick nature has to offer.

— Bryant H. McGill

I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.

— Charles Baudelaire

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.

— Anthony Hopkins

To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.

— Bodhidharma

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.

— Auguste Rodin

Parents of recovered children, and I’ve met hundreds, all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling us our child must have never even had autism or that the recovery was simply nature’s course. We all know better, and frankly we’re too busy helping other parents to really care.

— Jenny McCarthy

Our job is to represent the truth of human nature, whether you’re playing a tender love story that’s set in a coffee shop or whether you’re in ‘The Avengers,’ which is set in a Manhattan which is exploding.

— Tom Hiddleston

Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.

— Billy Corgan

Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

He who does not become familiar with nature through love will never know her.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.

— Newt Gingrich

There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.

— David Hume

Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.

— Marquis de Sade

Part of making any endeavour is that each one has its own special problems. It’s the nature of the process.

— Martin Scorsese

Nature is the art of God.

— Dante Alighieri

By nature I’m not a brooder.

— Hugh Jackman

I have two children and it’s amazing how in tune they are with nature, with light, with smells, with time.

— Hugh Jackman

That’s all about the natural order of things, the idea of nature protecting children but also children protecting nature.

— Hugh Jackman

I know I’m not known as method. By nature I’m not a brooder. What I continue to use is a mixture of the English school, which is traditionally outside-in, and the more American way of working from the inside out.

— Hugh Jackman

Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.

— Henry Adams

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

Nature is at work. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.

— David Seabury

Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature.

— Jack Kingston

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.

— William Howard Taft

If you can kill animals, the same attitude can kill human beings. The mentality is the same which exploits nature and which creates wars.

— Satish Kumar

Living in Cambridge, with nature and everything, it’s so clean.

— Syd Barrett

Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it.

— Archibald Alexander

Once you see your nature, sex is basically immaterial.

— Bodhidharma

Human beings are accustomed to think of intellect as the power of having and controlling ideas and of ability to learn as synonymous with ability to have ideas. But learning by having ideas is really one of the rare and isolated events in nature.

— Edward Thorndike

We are a people that have always celebrated other people’s success so long as we always had the opportunity to meet that success ourselves. That is the American nature. That is the American character. That is one of the things that makes us different from the rest of the world. And I’m afraid we could lose that or are on the verge of losing that.

— Marco Rubio

It’s not in our nature. Americans have never been a people that drive through a nice neighborhood and say, ‘Oh, I hate the people who live in these nice houses.’

— Marco Rubio

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature – that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.

— Sue Grafton

Nature makes boys and girls lovely to look upon so they can be tolerated until they acquire some sense.

— William Lyon Phelps

There is a great deal of human nature in man.

— Charles Kingsley

Loki in ‘Thor’ is the most incredible springboard into a sort of excavation of the darker aspects of human nature. So that was thrilling, coming back knowing that I’d built the boat and now I could set sail into choppier waters.

— Tom Hiddleston

While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.

— Larry Bird

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant the only harmless great thing.

— John Donne

I am not going to claim that modern anarchism has any direct relation to Roman jurisprudence but I do claim that it has its basis in the laws of nature rather than in the state of nature.

— Herbert Read

What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature are shot down wholesale.

— Hermann Hesse

That’s the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.

— Miguel de Cervantes

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.

— William Burroughs

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.

— Jacob Bronowski

The nature of rumor is known to all.

— Tertullian

I like my home and I like the nature.

— Billy Corgan

Man is the miracle in nature. God Is the One Miracle to man.

— Jean Ingelow

God is each truly and exalted thing, therefore the individual himself to the highest degree. But are not nature and the world individuals?

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That’s human nature.

— Noam Chomsky

As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.

— Albrecht Durer

Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.

— Marshall McLuhan

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

— Hosea Ballou

I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.

— Robert Fulghum

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.

— Hannah Arendt

For all of nature’s wonder and beauty, it is also hostile and unpredictable.

— Liam Neeson

Although I’m an atheist who believes only in great nature, I recognize the spiritual richness and grandeur of the Roman Catholicism in which I was raised.

— Camille Paglia

Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.

— David Hume

Human Nature is the only science of man and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.

— David Hume

Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.

— Adolf Loos

The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor.

— Zora Neale Hurston

When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.

— Tim Burton

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being.

— Martha Graham

When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.

— Nicolas Chamfort

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.

— Empedocles

It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.

— Denis Diderot

Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.

— Denis Diderot

Nature is neutral.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.

— Maria Mitchell

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?

— Daisaku Ikeda

I think it’s a very firm part of human nature that if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you’ll end up thinking more extreme versions of what you thought before.

— Cass Sunstein

Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy.

— Dorothy Thompson

Nature can do more than physicians.

— Oliver Cromwell

To me, the world’s rather beautiful if you look at it. Especially nature.

— David Hockney

To enter by reason means to realize the essence through instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature, which isn’t apparent because it’s shrouded by sensation and delusion.

— Bodhidharma

Your nature is the Buddha.

— Bodhidharma

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.

— Lord Acton

None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.

— Marian Anderson

A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature.

— Paul Getty

There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.

— William Henry Harrison

The essence of the Hebrew Bible, transmitted by Christianity, is separation: between life and death, nature and God, good and evil, man and woman, and the holy and the profane.

— Dennis Prager

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.

— Yoko Ono

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.

— Wallace Stevens

God created the world the laws of nature were created by God. True science tries to find out what God put in the world. The trouble is where scientists speculate about theology and they don’t know what they’re talking about because they weren’t there. They can’t speculate about the origins of life because they weren’t there.

— Pat Robertson

In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men’s nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.

— Xun Zi

The creative destruction that social media is currently unleashing will change more than technology or the leader board of the Fortune 100. It is driving a qualitative shift in the nature of relationships between brands and their customers.

— Simon Mainwaring

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.

— James Whistler

It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.

— Muhammad Iqbal

It’s incredible how nature sets females up to take care of people, and yet it is tricky for them to take care of themselves.

— Bjork

Nature, I have constantly argued in my work, is the real superpower of this godless universe. It is the ultimate disposer of human fate, randomly recarving geography over 10,000-year epochs.

— Camille Paglia

High Romanticism shows you nature in all its harsh and lovely metamorphoses. Flood, fire and quake fling us back to the primal struggle for survival and reveal our gross dependency on mammoth, still mysterious forces.

— Camille Paglia

I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don’t believe it exists. I’ve felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.

— Thor Heyerdahl

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.

— Octavio Paz

An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature.

— Herbert Spencer

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.

— Richard Le Gallienne

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.

— Paracelsus

The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.

— Walter Lippmann

I’m so not stylish by nature, but I’ve learned to work with what I have.

— Julie Bowen

Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society and we can’t get out of it if we would.

— Thomas Hardy

We don’t do things we aren’t good at by nature. I wouldn’t play basketball because I’m only 5′ 1″. Find what you enjoy – whether it’s racing, flying a helicopter, being a doctor, or stitching clothes together. Once you’ve done that, you have the passion you need.

— Danica Patrick

I think that the best way to explain that is that my mother gave me all the color and character and flare and liveliness, and my father gave me all the sanity and nature and all the things that helped me be a more rounded human being.

— Julie Andrews

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

— Tacitus

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.

— Tadao Ando

Wars will remain while human nature remains. I believe in my soul in cooperation, in arbitration but the soldier’s occupation we cannot say is gone until human nature is gone.

— Rutherford B. Hayes

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.

— Luc de Clapiers

I don’t stop. It’s my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. I want to do ‘Evita.’ I want to do ‘Sweeney Todd’ with Chris Colfer. We want to do ‘Wicked.’ I’ll be Elphaba and he wants to play ‘Guy-linda.’ I want to do movies, make music. ‘Glee’ is only the beginning.

— Lea Michele

Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.

— Malcolm De Chazal

Every corny thing that’s said about living with nature – being in harmony with the earth, feeling the cycle of the seasons – happens to be true.

— Susan Orlean

Nature’s music is never over her silences are pauses, not conclusions.

— Mary Webb

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

— Edouard Manet

The beautiful spring came and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.

— Harriet Ann Jacobs

The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller.

— John Milton

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department.

— Robert Shea

You can tell the nature of the man by the words he chooses.

— Edwin Louis Cole

Mother Nature comes up against reality, and the reality is that the system doesn’t work.

— John Garamendi

The body is ready to have babies. Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it, not after 40, when the income can handle it.

— Toni Morrison

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.

— Johannes Kepler

We are more than just flesh and bones. There’s a certain spiritual nature and something of the mind that we can’t measure. We can’t find it. With all our sophisticated equipment, we cannot monitor or define it, and yet it’s there.

— Benjamin Carson

Nature is a petrified magic city.

— Novalis

It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave.

— Sallust

The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time.

— Muhammad Iqbal

Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.

— Robinson Jeffers

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.

— Cyrano de Bergerac

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.

— Hannah Arendt

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.

— Andre Breton

One learns more from listening than speaking.And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.

— Thor Heyerdahl

No further evidence is needed to show that ‘mental illness’ is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.

— Thomas Szasz

Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man’s nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.

— Robert Bork

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

— Juvenal

Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.

— Michael Faraday

If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.

— Julian Assange

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

— Thomas Hardy

Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs, but they do not grasp the nature of this connection.

— Christopher Lasch

A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.

— Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I’ve been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line.

— Maria Sharapova

I believe that laughter is the best emotional Band-Aid in the world. It’s like nature’s Neosporin.

— Matt LeBlanc

Beauty is grace and confidence. I’ve learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.

— Lindsay Lohan

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.

— John Coltrane

Nature is the master of talents genius is the master of nature.

— J. G. Holland

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

— William Ralph Inge

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.

— Edward Gibbon

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?

— Herman Melville

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope.

— Henri Matisse

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.

— Horace Walpole

I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programmes a lot, but I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature.

— David Attenborough

The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.

— Giacomo Casanova

What I’m attempting to do is to show people that if I can spend some time with very dangerous spiders and snakes and scorpions, then maybe they’ll feel different about the spiders and snakes they find around their areas. I don’t need people to keep them as pets. I just like them to be respectful and see that everything in nature has its place.

— Dominic Monaghan

It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door.

— David Hackworth

I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I’ve seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don’t know any more if this is the awesomest way to live.

— Regina Spektor

There’s a constantly applicable nature to soul music, whereas sometimes pop music can be a periodical.

— John Mayer

Games, by nature, have more plot options and non-linear qualities than TV and film.

— David Duchovny

I mean, you always want everybody to pat you on the back and tell you you’re wonderful every time you do something I think that’s human nature.

— David Duchovny

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

— Henry Fielding

What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer’s own weaknesses reflected back from others.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

It’s just a part of our nature to hope.

— Elizabeth Edwards

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

— Auguste Rodin

I’ve probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal.

— Jacqueline Bisset

It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination.

— Adam Weishaupt

No one likes to have less than they had before. That’s the nature of the human animal.

— Joni Mitchell

I’m a very analytical person, a somewhat introspective person that’s the nature of the work I do.

— Joni Mitchell

There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature.

— Ayelet Waldman

The thing that gave me the most pain in life, psychologically, and it gave me tremendous pain psychologically, is man’s disrespect for nature.

— Joni Mitchell

I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.

— Ayelet Waldman

Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.

— Graham Greene

Dreams come true without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

— John Updike

Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.

— Ben Stein

The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life.

— H. P. Blavatsky

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.

— Wallace Stevens

I’d love to go back to Europe in the ’20s and ’30s, for the beginning of the Psychoanalytic Movement, and Freud and Jung, and all that was going on with discoveries in quantum physics. The whole nature of reality was changing and being challenged.

— Michael Sheen

Sound is the vocabulary of nature.

— Pierre Schaeffer

Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.

— Titus Livius

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.

— Arthur C. Clarke

Now it is human nature to want to eat to ones fill when hungry, to want to warm up when cold, to want to rest when tired. These all are a part of people’s emotional nature.

— Xun Zi

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.

— Wilhelm von Humboldt

Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature’s teachings.

— William C. Bryant

Human nature is such that monogamy is a really hard thing to achieve.

— Sienna Miller

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

— Baruch Spinoza

A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.

— C. Northcote Parkinson

Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature.

— Baruch Spinoza

Nature is something outside our body, but the mind is within us.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it.

— Adam Weishaupt

You want to put out a TV show? If you have the money to do it on your own, by yourself, and you have a TV network, you can do it by yourself. But the nature of the beast is, art needs finance. That’s how this industry works. So until the Internet becomes our source of entertainment – and watch it, I believe it will – this is how things go.

— Nathan Fillion

The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.

— Muhammad Iqbal

Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities.

— Lauryn Hill

I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.

— Annie Leibovitz

I can tell you for sure: people who are at their peak right now will not sustain that. You can’t. It’s against the law of nature.

— Bryan Cranston

Compared to America or Europe, God isn’t a big part of our lives here. I don’t know anyone here who goes to church when he’s had a rough divorce or is going through depression. We go out into nature instead.

— Bjork

Don’t be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes.

— Camille Pissarro

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them – these nature spirits who call us here – sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.

— Alex Grey

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn’t even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other.

— Thor Heyerdahl

Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.

— Samuel Richardson

Nothing. We’re all friends and friendly. So when the cameras go down, depending on the mood or the nature of the material we’re dealing with, there’s usually a kind of a prevailing light attitude that’s floating around.

— Richard Dean Anderson

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

— Walter Bagehot

I never sort of thought of myself as a comedy writer, by nature.

— Lena Dunham

Custom is second nature.

— Augustine of Hippo

I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed.

— Jerome K. Jerome

I’m a typical middle child. I’m the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody’s happy. It’s hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy.

— Jennifer Jason Leigh

Ninety percent of the students take the ‘preferred lender.’ Why? Because that’s the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.

— Andrew Cuomo

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.

— Herbert Spencer

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.

— Willem de Kooning

English majors understand human nature better than economists do.

— Jane Smiley

Close elections tend to break toward the challenger because undecided voters – having held out so long against the incumbent – are by nature looking for change.

— Ron Fournier

Is human nature basically good or evil? No economist can embark upon his profession without considering this question, and yet they all seem to. And they all seem to think human nature is basically good, or they wouldn’t be surprised by the effects of deregulation.

— Jane Smiley

People have always wanted to be recognized, and that’s human nature. But people used to want to be recognized for their accomplishments, and now they simply want to be visible.

— Diablo Cody

There can never be such a thing as a free market, because it is human nature to cheat, monopolize, and buy off others so as to corner the market.

— Jane Smiley

We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.

— David Suzuki

Human nature doesn’t include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.

— Conor Cruise O’Brien

As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside.

— David Suzuki

I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.

— Steve Lacy

I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God.

— Alan Hovhaness

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor still less did she say: Be rich her cry to me was always: Be independent.

— Nicolas Chamfort

While a case can be made for intelligent design, I can’t figure out why some Christians are so thrilled about that possibility. First of all, it doesn’t prove there’s a God. If anything, intelligent design lends support to some form of pantheism that defines God as immanent within nature.

— Tony Campolo

There is no doubt that religion had already waned under the onslaught of the Enlightenment, but it was Freud who provided the radically new understanding of human nature that made any religious explanation of the whats and whys of our personhood seem naive.

— Tony Campolo

The Ukrainian community is tight-knit by nature.

— Vera Farmiga

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.

— Garry Kasparov

The structure of life I have described in buildings – the structure which I believe to be objective – is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling.

— Christopher Alexander

Listen, if there’s one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it’s that I don’t know anything about human nature.

— Francis Ford Coppola

I realise that in this undertaking I place myself in a certain opposition to views widely held concerning the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently defended on the nature of numbers.

— Georg Cantor

The skull is nature’s sculpture.

— David Bailey

Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.

— Primo Levi

Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.

— Andrew Marvell

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.

— John Cage

It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.

— Vladimir Nabokov

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.

— Michael Pollan

Hidden nature is secret God.

— Sri Aurobindo

If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.

— Charlotte Bronte

To make a love story, you need a couple of young people, but to reflect on the nature of love, you’re better off with old ones. That is a fact of life and literature – and of the novel ever since it fell in love with love in the 18th century.

— James Buchan

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.

— Taylor Caldwell

The exposed nature of life in the public square affects leaders’ attitudes toward risk – and failure.

— Dee Dee Myers

Nature isn’t positive in that way. It doesn’t aim itself at you. It’s not being unkind to you.

— David Attenborough

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.

— Josef Albers

Most of us really aren’t horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put ’em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature.

— Herbert Simon

We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information.

— David Ogden Stiers

Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.

— Pliny the Elder

Faith is not a notion, but a real strong essential hunger, an attracting or magnetic desire of Christ, which as it proceeds from a seed of the divine nature in us, so it attracts and unites with its like.

— William Law

I’m very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What’s most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever.

— Hugh Hefner

The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.

— Quintilian

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It’s not in my nature.

— Ricky Williams

Government is, by its very nature, a destroyer of liberties the Obama administration, specifically, is promising to interfere with the economy and the health care system so profoundly that Washington will soon have us all in chains.

— Thomas Frank

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.

— Joseph Butler

The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels.

— Rupert Sheldrake

Nature chooses who will be transgender individuals don’t choose this.

— Mercedes Ruehl

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

— Mary Wollstonecraft

If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.

— Alex Trebek

The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain.

— Stanislav Grof

Quantum computation is… a distinctively new way of harnessing nature… It will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes.

— David Deutsch

Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

Many artists and scholars have pointed out that ultimately art depends on human nature.

— Steven Pinker

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.

— Georg C. Lichtenberg

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.

— Edvard Munch

For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.

— Patricia Highsmith

A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.

— Louis Nizer

Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ.

— George Whitefield

I don’t understand the notion that modern farming is anything do to with nature. It’s a pretty gross interference with nature.

— Peter Singer

Art is about expressing the true nature of the human spirit in whatever way one wishes to express it. If it is honest, it is beautiful. If it is not honest, it is obvious.

— Corin Nemec

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.

— Noam Chomsky

Beauty is nature’s brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship.

— John Milton

Nature abhors a vacuum.

— Francois Rabelais

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within.

— Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.

— Pat Buckley

But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That’s why I call it the most social of the various art forms.

— Wole Soyinka

Love of man for woman – love of woman for man. That’s the nature, the meaning, the best of life itself.

— Zane Grey

There’s a kind of dynamic quality about theater and that dynamic quality expresses itself in relation to, first of all, the environment in which it’s being staged then the audience, the nature of the audience, the quality of the audience.

— Wole Soyinka

Whenever I get fed up with life I love to go wandering in nature.

— Andrea Arnold

Human nature is above all things lazy.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society. But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.

— Abdolkarim Soroush

Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet.

— Jack Herer

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.

— Henri Poincare

By nature, men love newfangledness.

— Geoffrey Chaucer

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.

— Thomas Hobbes

I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.

— Arthur Erickson

I love romantic comedies. They’re for me the easiest thing to do and the most natural to do. There’s nothing natural about holding an uzi hanging out of a moving van shooting at people. That’s not second nature to me, thank God.

— Gabrielle Union

No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystems.

— Arthur Erickson

There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.

— Arthur Erickson

Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.

— Wislawa Szymborska

Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.

— Xun Zi

We must make it an imperative duty of our government to protect the gifts which Nature has bestowed on America and to insure the maintenance of a clean, healthy, wholesome environment for our people.

— George Lincoln Rockwell

Thus, anybody who follows this nature and gives way its states will be led into quarrels and conflicts, and go against the conventions and rules of society, and will end up a criminal.

— Xun Zi

Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die.

— Xun Zi

I believe the accepted model of capitalism that demands endless growth deserves the blame for the destruction of nature, and it should be displaced. Failing that, I try to work with those companies and help them change the way they think about our resources.

— Yvon Chouinard

When I get recognized for ‘Twilight,’ it’s usually a teenage girl, and they’re usually really loud. So it certainly feels like I get recognized the most from that, but it could just be because of the nature of how vocal those fans are.

— Anna Kendrick

Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles.

— Xun Zi

I like figuring out where I need to be mentally so that I’m not thinking about the camera and that it’s second nature. I want to get to a place where I can exist within the confines of what you can do with filmmaking and not have to think about it.

— Anna Kendrick

Human nature is what Heaven supplies.

— Xun Zi

Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.

— Xun Zi

It’s a great event to get outside and enjoy nature. I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.

— Karen Armstrong

Some people just use beautiful things to just shop or to have a tribal feeling – ‘Oh, blah, blah, blah, I’m wearing Hermes blah, blah, blah, I’m wearing Saint Laurent blah-blah blah’ – because it’s like a need, a tribe, recognition: ‘Ahh, my Rolex.’ But I run away from anything which is too recognizable – it’s my nature.

— Manolo Blahnik

French is a foreign language, but I’ve been speaking it since I was 18 so it’s second nature to me.

— Kristin Scott Thomas

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

— Euclid

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.

— Baruch Spinoza

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.

— Baruch Spinoza

I think there’s a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to think about it.

— Clyde Tombaugh

Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.

— Baruch Spinoza

Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.

— Thomas Edward Brown

Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

— Lauryn Hill

Assuming that man has a distinct spiritual nature, a soul, why should it be thought unnatural that under appropriate conditions of maladjustment, his soul might die before his body does or that his soul might die without his knowing it?

— Albert J. Nock

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.

— Leon Trotsky

Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.

— Werner Heisenberg

The fans know what’s happened to me over the past couple of years. I lost my family. I pretty much got devastated financially and the fans know that I’ve had some hard times – and that’s the nature of loyal fans. They want to see the people that they love and believe in get back on their feet.

— Hulk Hogan

There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.

— Charles Eastman

Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!

— Taslima Nasrin

There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.

— Alfred Austin

I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop.

— Willie Stargell

It’s human nature to be curious about people, and to be more curious about young people than old people. We want to cheer something on at the same time we want to tear it down. That’s just so normal.

— Amy Grant

I have a bit of a rebellious nature.

— John Cusack
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