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

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
Thomas Paine

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

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

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

Nature made him, and then broke the mould (Orlando Furioso)
Ludovico Ariosto

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

Most of what we strive for in our modern life uses the apparatus of goal seeking that was originally set up to seek goals in the state of nature
Richard Dawkins

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature
Josiah Gilbert Holland

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.
Jacob Bronowski

Nature has no cure for this sort of madness (Bolshevism), though I have known a legacy from a rich relative work wonders.
F E Smith (first Earl Of Birkenhead)

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends
Johann Lavater

There is no revolution that can change the nature of man
Benito Mussolini

Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.
Al Gore

Nature has not placed us in an inferior rank to men, no more than the females of other animals, where we see no distinction of capacity, though I am persuaded if there was a commonwealth of rational horses... it would be an established maxim amongst them that a mare could not be taught to pace.
Mary Wortley Montagu

From this amphibious ill-born mob began That vain, ill-natured thing, an Englishman. (The True-Born Englishman)
Daniel Defoe

Man is the interpreter of nature, science the right interpretation. (Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, 1840)
William Whewell

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

For movie "Human Nature": "I made a pubic wig."
Patricia Arquette

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

Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.
John Keats

Nature confuses the skeptics and reason confutes the dogmatists
Blaise Pascal

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them (A Treatise Upon Human Nature)
David Hume

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

Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
John Berger

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

Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men
James Russell Lowell

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.
Mary Sarton

It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. (A Treatise Upon Human Nature)
David Hume

When the hoary old question of nature versus nurture comes around, sides form quickly.
Simon Blackburn

Creation sleeps. 'Tis as the general pulse
Of life stood still, and nature made a pause
Edward Young

By faithful study of the nobler arts, our nature's softened, and more gentle grows.
Ovid

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

'I used to dream I used to glance beyond the stars Now I don't know where we are although I know we've drifted far What about yesterday What about the seas The heavens are falling down I can't even breathe What about the bleeding Earth Can't we feel its wounds What about nature's worth? It's our planet's womb.'
Michael Jackson

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

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 is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.
Fred Hoyle

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

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
Marcus Aurelius

If Everton finish in a Champions League place, they'll play in the Champions League [astonishingly piercing insight there from Bright by name but ... nature?]
Mark Bright

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
Gary Kasparov

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 someone to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy them because it makes them feel insecure.
Danielle Dax

We should try to achieve things for ourselves and not rely on former or past family glories with which we have no connection but the arbitrary nature of our birth.
Shirley Franklin

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

Nature can satisfy all of our needs but none of our greeds.
Mahatma Gandhi

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
Jessamyn West

It can't be Nature, for it is not sense
Charles Churchill

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

In the state of nature... all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.
Charles Montesquieu

True art is but the anti-type of nature; the embodiment of discovered beauty in utility
James A Garfield



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