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

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.
E F Schumacher

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

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

Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed
Blaise Pascal

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

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

A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
Charles Lamb

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

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

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

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
Virginia Woolf

Man is nature's sole mistake.
W S Gilbert

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

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

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

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

Skilled to pull wires he baffles nature's hope, who sure intended him to stretch a rope
James Russell Lowell

What you don't understand is that it is possible to be an atheist, it is possible not to know if God exists or why He should, and yet to believe that man does not live in a state of nature but in history, and that history as we know it now began with Christ, it was founded by Him on the Gospels.
Boris Pasternak

It cannot be too frequently emphasized that the behaviour of any animal must depend upon on the nature of the stimulus which it meets, its anatomic and physiologic capacities, and its background of previous experience. Unless it has been conditioned by previous experience, an animal should respond identically to identical stumuli, whether they emanate from some part of its own body, from another individual of the same sex, or from an individual of the opposite sex.
Alfred Kinsey

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they can do when they stick together.
Vista M Kelly

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

Farewell, woman! I intend
Henceforth every night to sit
With my lewd, well-natured friend,
Drinking to engender wit.
John Wilmot

Art is Man's nature. Nature is God's art.
James Bailey

From the level of pragmatic, everyday knowledge to modern natural science, the knowledge of nature derives from man's primary coming to grips with nature; at the same time it reacts back upon the system of social labour and stimulates its development.
Jurgen Habermas

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

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

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Thomas Carlyle

History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought
Thomas Carlyle

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

Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn't like jam if it didn't, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn't like truth if it wasn't sticky, if, from time to time, it didn't ooze blood.
Jean Baudrillard

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
David Hare

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

The root problem of all problems is mind itself. The first thing to be understood is what this mind is, of what stuff it is made; whether it is an entity or just a process; whether it is substantial, or just dreamlike. And unless you know the nature of the mind, you will not be able to solve any problems of your life.
Bhagwan Rajneesh

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

Belief in God is a very personal thing and for a lot of people, I think, their spiritual side and nature evolves and changes during the course of their lives.
Jeff Gordon

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

The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little - or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.
Anthony Trollope

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

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

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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

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

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech
Quintilian



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