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

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

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man (More Lay Thoughts of a Dean)
William Ralph Inge

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

Man does not bring to God's altar the stuff of nature in itself, in its initial structure, but something he has made and moulded out of nature for the nourishment and the inspiration of men.
Wilford Cross

But Lord! To see the absurd nature of Englishmen, that cannot forbear laughing and jeering at everything that looks strange.
Samuel Pepys

If you want to make good photographs, a camera has to be second nature to you. [Criticising over-emphasis on technical elements of what you are doing]
Robert Farber

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive
William Ralph Inge

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it's up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
Coco Chanel

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

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

Nature abhors a vacuum
Francois Rabelais

I don't know what I feel about wearing my furs anymore. I worked so hard to have a fur coat, and I don't want to wear it anymore because I'm so wrapped up in the animals. I have real deep thoughts about it because I care about the world and nature.
Diana Ross

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

If you don't think there is a need for institutions like the UN, then you don't understand the nature of the world too well.
Sam Farr

The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
Cicero

Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
Quintilian

I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business, pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore
William Melmoth

Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Aristotle

Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine.
Eric Hoffer

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect.
Thomas Mann

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

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

The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.
Herman Melville

...I still expected to see Doreen's body lying there in the pool of vomit like an ugly, concrete testimony to my own dirty nature. - The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes it ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach.
Athenaeus

True popular ballads are the spontaneous products of nature.
Francis James Child

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

Nature favours those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.
James Lovelock

Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
Cyril Connolly

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

Later, however, I came to recognize the objective nature of these dreams or fantasies ... Thus it was that I gradually came to acknowledge that such fantasies or dreams are neither meaningless nor purely arbitrary but rather convey a sort of 'second meaning' of the terms applied.
Wolfgang Pauli

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

Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can't help but reach for the stars. It's our nature. It's our destiny
Bill Frist

I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence?
James Thomson

Guys go off to excuse themselves, nature calls and that's how it goes
Duncan Fletcher

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

There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nature knows best, and she says, roar!
Maria Edgeworth

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)

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.
Harold Coffin

'Make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country.' —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

'Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.'
Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

'I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.'
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

'The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.'
Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

'They misunderestimated me.'
Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

'They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.'
St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

'The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.'
-All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

BUSH: 'First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ...'
MATTHEWS: 'What's that in English?' BUSH: 'Fifteenth of September.' (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16) -Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

'It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.'
-Reuters, May 5, 2000

'Will the highways on the Internet become more few?'
-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

'This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.'

-Speaking during 'PERSEVERENCE Month' at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

'What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'
-The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?' -Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

'Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.' -ibid

'I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.'
-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000
George W Bush

Change is constant and therefore if we try to deny it then there is something about the nature of life we are denying at the same time.
Dennis Franz

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

Players are not going to say sorry because, by their nature, they believe in themselves. I think they are quite arrogant people. They will blame everybody but themselves
David Sullivan

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

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



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