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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

The idea of bringing all men on an equality with each other has always been a pleasant dream; the law cannot equalize men in spite of nature.
Luc De Vauvanargues

Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing.
Joyce Cary

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

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

Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness
James Russell Lowell

Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.
George William Curtis

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.
Rollo May

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

Reflect on death as in Jesus Christ, not as without Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ it is dreadful, it is alarming, it is the terror of nature. In Jesus Christ it is fair and lovely, it is good and holy, it is the joy of saints.
Blaise Pascal

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

The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind, by rendering the appetite still importunate, when the wants of nature are supplied
Francois De Salignac Fenelon

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

Nature herself makes the wise man rich.
Cicero

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

When Cicero consulted the oracle at Delphos, concerning what course of studies he should pursue, the answer was 'Follow Nature.'
John Beaumont

We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.
Jacob Bronowski

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

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

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

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

General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it.
William Hazlitt

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

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

All nature wears one universal grin.
Henry Fielding

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

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

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

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

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

It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.
Gilbert White

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

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

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

As a profession advertising is young; as a force it is as old as the world. The first four words ever uttered, 'Let there be light,' constitute its charter. All nature is vibrant with its impulse.
Bruce Barton

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

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

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
André Gide

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

A spaceship is a delicately balanced environment. Every element that doesn't contribute to the overall functioning of the system is by definition working against it. The same is true of our planet – our mothership – though sadly, most architecture today is slowly fatal to nature's systems
Constance Adams

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
Marianne Moore

As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.
Charles Chesnutt

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

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

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

Nature is cruel; therefore we are also entitled to be cruel. When I send the flower of German youth into the steel hail of the war without feeling the slightest regret over the precious German blood that is being spilled, should I also not have the right to eliminate millions of an inferior race that multiply like vermin.
Adolf Hitler

The fundamentalists, by 'knowing' the answers before they start, and then forcing nature into the straitjacket of their discredited preconceptions, lie outside the domain of science-or of any honest intellectual inquiry.
Stephen Jay Gould

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

Human nature is not of itself vicious.
Thomas Paine



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