Nature Quotes

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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

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.
Deepak Chopra

I love not man the less, but Nature more.
Lord Byron

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

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

Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.
G M Trevelyan

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

The imagination is man's power over nature.
Wallace Stevens

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Nature abhors a vacuum
Francois Rabelais

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
Thomas Huxley

Art is only Nature operating with the aid of the instruments she has made.
Paul Henri

Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
Galbraith

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

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

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

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

Don't ever give up. That's what I want the next generation to understand. Everything doesn't come up all roses all the time. That is the nature of this athletics game
Tasha Danvers

Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.
Camille Paglia

Nature does not make jumps
Carl Linnaeus

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

'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

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

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Aristotle

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. - Mansfield Park
Jane Austen

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
Cicero

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)

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.
Svetlana Alliluyeva

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
Isaac Singer

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

I don't know. People always think that there has got to be a dark side to everyone, a closet with skeletons, demons under the bed. People think all kinds of things about one another. They feel compelled to make up fears and false assumptions about their closest friends. Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.
Tom Hanks

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

Fancy is a fairy, that can hear
Ever, the melody of nature's voice,
And see all lovely visions that she will.
Frances Sargent Osgood

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

In truth there is no such thing in man's nature as a settled and full resolve either for good or evil, except at the very moment of execution
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Nature's loving proxy, the watching mother
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

Nature itself may be heartless and free of desires, but amongst the creatures it has thrown up are some which are not heartless, and not free of desires. [Ruling Passions]
Simon Blackburn

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

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

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens
Alphonse De Lamartine

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

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

It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
Igor Stravinsky

Art may imitate wild nature; less often does it dare to place itself in the midst of it, and when it does, it may come out second best. [Profound indeed]
John Hart



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