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

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Benedict Spinoza

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

To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.
Seneca

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu

It has degenerated into a physical nature, especially on recent occasions where I have been spat upon. [On abuse suffered at the hands of Scotland fans]
Berti Vogts

Nature never makes excellent things for mean or no uses. (An Essay concerning Human Understanding.)
John Locke

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

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
Kenneth Tynan

Except the blind forces of Nature, nothing moves in this world which is not Greek in its origin.
Sir Henry Maine

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 Toynbee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gardening, I told myself, is the most sociable of hobbies. The very nature of one's field of activities demands an audience. No one wants flowers to blush unseen or waste their sweetness.
Barbara Cheney

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

It has not been in vain: the good, the enlightened of all ages and nations have found pleasure and consolation in the beauty of the rural earth. Prophets of old retired into the solitudes of nature to wait the inspiration of heaven. It was upon Mount Horeb that Elija experienced the mighty wind, the earthquake, and the fire; and, heard the small still voice. That voice is yet heard among the mountains!
Thomas Cole

A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought
Albert Einstein

To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

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

A refined nature is vexed by knowing that some one owes it thanks, a coarse nature by knowing that it owes thanks to some one
Friedrich Nietzsche

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones vomit it.
Miguel De Cervantes

Death is the privilege of human nature, And life without it were not worth our taking.
Nicholas Rowe

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.
Miguel De Cervantes

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Aristotle

Nature confuses the skeptics and reason confutes the dogmatists
Blaise Pascal

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 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

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.
Robert Blair

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

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

Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
Alfred Nobel

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

There are all sorts of rumour in football all the time but that is the nature of the game at the top level.
Djibril Cisse

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



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